On March 7th the AECEO brought together over 200 educators to think, learn, and discuss at the Framing Our Future Kindergarten Summit. From the opening words of Decent Work advocate Jenn Miller, to the rousing call to action from Olivia Chow, the event focused on possibilities and solutions for decent work in Full Day Kindergarten.
Participants were able to learn from educators with lived experience in many areas, and took part in profound discussion throughout the day. Our organisation was able to learn much from participants, and we are grateful to all those who attended.
Participant feedback was overwhelmingly positive, with comments such as "I'm not the only one who feels this way", and "We need to work together to change the system for everybody".
Many participants have already signed up to join FREE online leadership training with Olivia Chow and her team, this training (the first of many opportunities to gain leadership and advocacy skills) is aimed specifically at educators in the FDK system.We invite those of you who couldn't make it to the summit to register for this opportunity to stay connected (and to participate in no-cost CPL) sign up here: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/icl-x-aeceo-online-training-ser…
As part of the AECEO and the Ontario Coalition for Better Child Care's project on Early Learning and Child Care Human Resources Innovation and Decent Work, we are pleased to present our new HR Innovation Toolkit.
The HR Innovation Toolkit begins to address recruitment and retention challenges in early learning and child care (ELCC) across Canada by sharing innovative tools and wise practices that advance decent work. Informed by our National Network on ELCC Human Resources Innovation and Decent Work, and stakeholders across the country, these tools are sourced from diverse ELCC organizations. The toolkit, and all its resources, are publicly available for use by administrators, educators and students.
- To download the tools and learn more about the project, please visit: org/hrtoolkit
- This toolkit is a living document! If you would like to submit an innovative tool, guide or policy, please contact: [email protected]
This project is funded by the Government of Canada's Social Development Partnerships Program - Children and Families.
Submitted to the Government of Ontario on January 24, 2020, the AECEO's submission calls on the government to:
- Commit to continuing the $2 Wage Enhancement Grant (WEG) and Home Child Care Enhancement Grant, and immediately extending the WEG to include RECEs and program staff in EarlyON Centres.
- Reverse the $48 million in cuts to child care and increase operating funding to keep pace with capital expansion.
- Develop and implement a publicly funded province-wide annually indexed wage scale with a $25/hour minimum wage for RECEs and commensurate compensation for early years staff, a benefits package, including 7 paid sick and 10 job protected personal leave
Click HERE to read the full submission.
During an interview with Melanie Ng for BT on January 20, 2020, the Minister of Education, Stephen Lecce, referred to the Kindergarten Program teaching partnership as having “one EA and one Teacher”. While we appreciate the tremendously valuable work of Educational Assistants, and recognize they are an integral part of our schools, it is Early Childhood Educators (ECEs) who work alongside OCTs in the Kindergarten program. The AECEO wrote to Minister Lecce to express our deep concern with his statement, in which he failed "to appropriately identify ECEs in their important and legislated role in the Kindergarten teaching partnership."
We find Minister Lecce's comment detrimental and hurtful, as it makes "the ethically and socially important work of ECEs and their contributions to children, families, and their teaching partners invisible. This dedicated, predominantly female workforce expresses that their work is often undervalued and unappreciated, which is then confirmed by the deep disparity in remuneration and working conditions they experience in the school system."
"Early childhood educators deserve better. They deserve respect and recognition. Specifically, they deserve this from the Minister of Education." We've called on Minister Lecce to apologize to ECEs in Ontario. We encourage you to send your own email to Minister Lecce at [email protected] or Minister.EDU@ontario.ca.
Read the AECEO's full letter here.
The AECEO is very proud to be co-hosting a lecture and discussion from 7-9pm on the 15th of January at Centre for Social Innovation (Annex)720 Bathurst Street, Toronto, Ontario M5S 2R4
Or join us online, with the opportunity to participate fully in this event, by registering here.
The Association of Early Childhood Educators Ontario has been invited to participate in the Ministry of Education’s newly established Cross-Sectoral Early Years and Child Care Advisory Group. The Advisory Group will be made up of representatives from some stakeholders groups across the sector and will be tasked with identifying the potential implications of Ministry of Education decision-making on key areas of policy related to early years and child care.Read more
Fall issue of the eceLINK!
The AECEO Board, Editorial Committee and staff are very excited to present the Fall issue of the eceLINK magazine.
In this issue:
- AECEO News
- Looking Back, Moving Forward - A reflection on the 2019 National Conference
- Decent Work Campaign: Charter endorsement request
- No More Baby Steps: Political Insights from the 2019 Election for Moving Child Care Policy Forward in Ontario
Peer Reviewed Collection
- Hidden Messages: Barriers Toward Professional Recognition
- The (Not) Good Educator: Reconceptualizing the Image of the Educator
We would like to thank the following advertisers for helping to support this issue of the eceLINK:
The Association of Early Childhood Educators Ontario is a non-profit, charitable organization, which acts on behalf of its members. As such, we have a vested interest in considering the potential implications of policy decisions from the position of our members. We are, as a charitable organization, a non-partisan group. In this way, we do not favour one party over another, nor promote a party or encourage our members to vote a particular way.
We do consider and analyze the party platforms with the best interests of our members and the child care sector as per AECEO’s mission and purpose, and share this information within our networks. This information is to encourage thoughtful consideration and meaningful dialogue in the pre-election period, and ultimately informed voting decisions.
The following charts highlight the child care and early years platforms of the Green Party, Liberal Party, NDP, PC Party, and People's Party as of October 2, 2019.Read more
The Association of Early Childhood Educators Ontario (AECEO) is the professional association for Early Childhood Educators (ECEs) in Ontario. We support ECEs in their professional practice and advocate for recognition and appropriate compensation for early childhood professionals, so they can provide high quality programs for children and families. One of our ongoing goals is to activate Ontario’s ECEs to engage in leadership and advocacy, challenging practices and policies that restrict expression and pedagogical potential for ECEs, children and families. In their intellectual and ethical practices with children, families and communities, we believe ECEs are uniquely positioned to imagine and create the world we want to live in. We are thus pleased to announce our partnership with Western University as co-leads for the Provincial Centre of Excellence for Early Years and Child Care and Secretariat. Through this partnership, the AECEO seeks to make public the work and value of ECEs while supporting their pedagogical journey. This not only benefits children, families and societies but also advances the early childhood profession.
- AECEO welcomes Erin Filby
- Call For Articles for Fall 2019 issue
- AECEO Executive Coordinator’s Update
- Decent Work Campaign FAQs
- Education Consultations: Kindergarten Classroom
- In Response To Bill 66: Restoring Ontario’s Competitiveness Act
- AECEO 2019 Ontario Budget Submission
- Inclusion Is An Experience, Not A Placement (Abstract)
- Profiles Of The Nominees For The 2019-2020 Provincial Board Of Directors
The Ministry of Education has confirmed that the wage enhancement grant will continue in 2019-20. Also confirmed was that child care spending this year will the same as last year, with the addition of the new tax credit announced in yesterday's Budget.
Many thanks to all who participated in getting petitions signed, emailing their MPPs and raising this issue to the level that the government had to listen! This shows that advocacy campaigns do work and we will continue to fight for a professional wage and decent work in the early years and child care sector and a funded wage grid with a minimum $25/hour for RECEs.
With over 12,000 signatures garnered on hard copy petitions in less than a month - and they are still coming in - the WEG Petition initiative shows that overwhelming support for keeping the grant exists in this province. AECEO members, Decent Work Teams, and supporters across Ontario worked hard to gather signatures and spread the word. You have made the petition a huge success! Thank you!
The petition, urging legislators to maintain the $2 per hour Provincial Wage Enhancement Grant, is being presented in the Ontario Legislature this week - so now is the perfect time to keep up the pressure to continue the grant by contacting your MPP directly to reinforce and further support the message.
There is an easy 5 minute action that you, your colleagues, friends and family can take to demonstrate to each MPP how strong the support is among their own constituents/voters. MPPs need to hear from you - and they will pay attention if they receive strong feedback about an issue.
Sending an email or leaving a phone message is a quick and easy way to communicate with your elected representative. It can be short and sweet. All you need to say is that, as their constituent, you want them to make sure that the wage grant continues! If you signed the petition or have a personal story to tell you can include that too. Please copy [email protected] on the email, or let us know who you have contacted so we can follow up with the MPP. If you are looking for a template to copy/paste/modify - the OCBCC has created one: http://www.childcareontario.org/petition_email_template
Support from RECEs who do not currently receive the grant is also important – not only because it is of benefit to fellow RECEs, but because it preserves the concept of government support for wages - which is crucial to our larger goal: the implementation of a funded wage grid across Ontario.
Click here to find your provincial riding and your MPP's contact information.
Imagine the power emails from 55,000 RECEs would have!
#ECEPower #DecentWork #ProfessionalPay
If you will be in Toronto on Thursday and are able to attend the presentation of the petition to the Legislative Assembly please let us know at [email protected].
Association of Early Childhood Educators Ontario (AECEO)
Submission to the Ministry of Finance 2019 Pre Budget Consultations
We support Registered Early Childhood Educators (RECEs) in their professional practice and advocate for the recognition and appropriate compensation of the profession. RECEs are fundamental to high quality early learning and child care (ECEC) in Ontario.
Summary of Budget Action Recommendations
- Commit to continuing the $2/hour Wage Enhancement Grant (WEG) and immediately extending it to include RECEs in other sectors including EarlyON staff
- Develop and implement a publicly funded province wide wage scale with a $25/hour minimum wage for RECEs and commensurate compensation for early years staff, a benefits package, including paid sick and personal leave days; we advise the Government to commit at least $375 million as a first step to establishing the wage scale
Click here to read the full submission.
Application deadline - February 18, 2019
The AECEO is looking for a Community Organizing and Communications Coordinator to assume a leadership role in coordinating and implementing the Professional Pay & Decent Work Campaign initiatives and ongoing communication strategies and events.
Details about this exciting opportunity may be found posted here.
In this issue:
- Humans of ECE...Share your story
- RECEs share their experience with Decent Work
- Ontario Centres of Excellence for early years and child care
- The Kindergarten Partnership: From Vision to Action
- Interview with Kim Hiscott RECE, Executive Director of Andrew Fleck Children's Services (Featured article to the public)
- Ontario Centres of Excellence for early years and child care
- The Kindergarten Partnership: From Vision to Action
We are launching Humans of ECE..share your story on the provincial wage enhancement grant. Continuing from our Humans of ECEPower campaign we want to hear from you why the provincial wage enhancement grant is important to you.
We are doing this campaign alongside the petition. Make sure you print, sign and mail us original copies of the petition. If you are intererested in collecting signatures in your community to present directly to your local MPP, please email us at [email protected]Read more
Provincial Wage Enhancement Grant Petition
We have partnered with the Ontario Coalition for Better Child Care to launch a petition to continue the Provincial Wage Enhancement Grant to Registered Early Childhood Educators and early years staff in licensed child care. This funding provides $2 per hour in wage support to many educators and it is critical that it continues. Funding has not yet been confirmed beyond March 31, 2019. The future of the grant is in the hands of the provincial government and will be decided by the Ontario Budget this spring.
The AECEO Board of Directors is very pleased to introduce Rachel Lafferty as the AECEO’s Executive Coordinator.
Rachel Lafferty is a Registered Early Childhood Educator with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and Health Science and a Bachelor of Education degree with an Ontario College of Teachers registration in addition to a Master of Education graduate degree with a specialization in Distance Education.
She was the first member of her immediate and extended family to earn postsecondary credentials and did so while owning and operating a small business full-time. Rachel has experience teaching in early learning, elementary school, and college settings. While coordinating an Indigenous Early Childhood Education program for nearly seven years, she wrote ECE curriculum with an Indigenous focus and established successful partnerships with various stakeholders and community organizations. This included the establishment of a partnership with Contact North to provide an online ECE program that would allow students who would otherwise not have the opportunity, due to geographic and other barriers, to earn their ECE credential.
Rachel has extensive experience teaching children and adults in both face-to-face and online classrooms in addition to part-time ECE Professorships in the college system. She believes strongly in professional advocacy and is looking forward to working with the Association of Early Childhood Educators as Executive Coordinator.
Ms. Lafferty currently resides in Peterborough with her spouse and family.
We have been hearing from ECEs and employers across the Province who are concerned about the Wage Enhancement Grant (WEG) continuing into next year. We understand that the Wage Enhancement Grant is important to the many ECEs and early years staff who receive this funding. We have heard no indication that the Wage Enhancement Grant is cancelled.
Here is what we know: