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.
These areas of decision making include, but are not limited to, the upcoming 5-year review of the Child Care and Early Years Act, 2014 (CCEYA) and policy initiatives included in the Ontario Government's proposed new plan for child care.
As the professional organization for Early Childhood Educators (ECEs) in Ontario we will be joining this advisory group with our key mission and goals in mind. Our primary purpose is to advocate for respect, recognition and appropriate wages and working conditions for ECEs. The AECEO has a significant history of policy advisory, and our stated positions - including our position on the implementation of a publicly funded wage scale for ECEs and on restricting the expansion of for-profit child care(or, support for a publicly funded childcare system) - are clear, strongly-held, and unequivocal. When giving feedback on any policy initiatives, our members, mission, and purpose will always be clear and prioritized.