DecentWorkFundamentalsF.pngOntario Early Childhood Sector Decent Work Charter

The Ontario Early Childhood Sector Decent Work Charter has been developed by the Association of Early Childhood Educators Ontario (AECEO) Decent Work Taskforce as one of the components to mobilizing a collective effort to achieve greater recognition and improved compensation and working conditions for those employed in the sector.

The primary purpose of this Charter is to promote a vision for decent work within organizational cultures in the early childhood sector (child care, child and family programs, licenced home child care, full-day kindergarten, etc). This requires organizations to commit to pursuing the development of high quality jobs and the structures, policies and practices to support organizations and individuals in implementing the principles that contribute to decent work. 

When organizations commit to the principles of decent work, they are creating quality workplace environments that will in turn support the foundations that underpin individual, family and community well-being. These include the economic and social structures that promote improved child outcomes.

Values to Guide Our Action

While the Four Foundations for Learning in Ontario’s pedagogical document, How Does Learning Happen? is aimed to guide the work of professionals in their work with children and families, we believe that these four foundations are also aligned with the value of the workforce itself;

BELONGING: Recognition of staff as valued professionals          

WELL BEING: Professional Pay/Compensation

ENGAGEMENT: Professional Learning                      

EXPRESSION: Quality work environments   

Defining Decent Work

Recognition of staff as valued professionals: Commitment to establish and maintain structures and resources internally and externally that recognize the critical role early childhood staff perform in the delivery of quality programs.

Professional Pay/Compensation: Commitment to establish and maintain strategies to provide professional pay for professional work. 

Professional Learning: Commitment to establish and maintain structures and resources to support early childhood professionals in all aspects of ongoing professional learning.

Quality work environments: Commitment to establish and maintain structures and resources that promote belonging, inclusion, diversity, well-being, engagement and expression in the work environment.

As an early childhood sector employer/organization we are signing this charter to confirm our commitment to advancing policy reforms needed to improve working conditions for all. We recognize the principles of decent work as integral to achieving quality programs and services for children and their families.

As leaders in our communities we will champion practices that promote and sustain decent work, and will join with our community partners, sector networks, associations, policymakers and funders to generate collective actions that expand decent working conditions. 

We are asking programs and organizations to officially endorse the Charter below or by emailing their endorsement to info@aeceo.ca

Print a copy and showcase at your Centre/Organization that you've endorsed the Charter (fillable form)

Supporting Documents

Individuals can support the campaign by Pledging their support here

Who's endorsing

Theresa Mills Laurentian Child and Family Centre
Sherri Cole Larch Street Kids Child Care Centre
Carrol Anne Sceviour Ontario Federation of Labour
Jane Mercer Toronto Coalition for Better Child Care
Debbie Milne First Adventure Child Development Centre
La Garderie Éducative de Kingston La Garderie Éducative de Kingston
Keziah Dourado Bumble Bee Academy
Ann Gaytano-Santos
Cheryl de Slegte RECE
Colleen McBain Footsteps Family Centre
sidra naeem Allama Iqbal Open University
Nora Dempsey Ryerson Student Childcare Advocacy Association
Violeta Looker Beacon Learning Centre
Toni Tolomeo-Locantore Air-O-Down Child Care Centre
Kim Cole A Child’s World, Family Child Care Services of Niagara
Anjali Dubey Isabella Walton Childcare Centre
Arlene Ross Global Child Care Services Global Child Care Services
Cheryl Firlotte Happy Face Nursery School
Vawn Smith
Dana Sharkey Centrepointe Childcare services
Joanne Paluch Kaissieh
Anonymous Ontario Coalition for Better Child Care
Amy O'Neil Treetop Children's Centre
MaryAm Mahboubi Noah's Ark Childcare and Nursery
Shelley Davey Sunshine Heights Co-op Daycare

67 endorsements

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  • Theresa Mills
    Laurentian Child and Family Centre endorsed 2019-04-02 10:59:49 -0400
  • Sherri Cole
    Larch Street Kids Child Care Centre endorsed 2019-04-02 09:49:55 -0400
  • Carrol Anne Sceviour
    Ontario Federation of Labour endorsed 2019-03-13 11:32:54 -0400
  • Jane Mercer
    Toronto Coalition for Better Child Care endorsed 2019-03-13 11:19:56 -0400
  • Debbie Milne
    First Adventure Child Development Centre endorsed 2019-03-13 10:00:58 -0400
    I am already on the email list. We are continuing to struggle for equity in the value of contributions that RECE and childcare workers make to the lives of children, families and the investment in communities.
  • Annalisa Tomlinson
    endorsed 2019-01-14 13:51:38 -0500
  • La Garderie Éducative de Kingston
    La Garderie Éducative de Kingston endorsed 2018-08-28 16:41:21 -0400
  • Keziah Dourado
    Bumble Bee Academy endorsed 2018-06-10 19:23:09 -0400
  • Ann Gaytano-Santos
    endorsed via 2018-05-10 11:31:34 -0400
    I support the Ontario Early Childhood Sector Decent Work Charter because it details our needs which are consistent with the needs of the children who are under our care, a sense of belongingness, well-being, engagement, and expression.
  • Cheryl de Slegte RECE
    endorsed 2018-02-11 12:36:50 -0500
    1) still seen as ‘glorified babysitters’, the professional role of RECEs need to be recognised PUBLICLY; 2) colleges need to set the bar higher for quality future ECEs; 3) ‘high staff turnover’ should to be a component of regional licensing
  • Colleen McBain
    Footsteps Family Centre endorsed 2018-02-02 09:59:26 -0500
  • sidra naeem
    Allama Iqbal Open University endorsed 2018-01-30 00:10:26 -0500
    I want to overview your researchers in the field of Early Childhood Education.
  • Nora Dempsey
    posted about this on Facebook 2018-01-29 15:32:54 -0500
    We've just endorsed the Ontario Early Childhood Sector Decent Work Charter! Please join us!
  • Nora Dempsey
    Ryerson Student Childcare Advocacy Association endorsed 2018-01-29 15:32:21 -0500
  • Violeta Looker
    Beacon Learning Centre endorsed 2018-01-17 17:27:21 -0500
  • Toni Tolomeo-Locantore
    Air-O-Down Child Care Centre endorsed 2018-01-17 09:21:24 -0500
  • Kim Cole
    A Child’s World, Family Child Care Services of Niagara endorsed 2018-01-12 15:39:00 -0500
  • Anjali Dubey
    Isabella Walton Childcare Centre endorsed 2018-01-11 15:23:33 -0500
  • Arlene Ross Global Child Care Services
    Global Child Care Services endorsed 2018-01-11 12:04:18 -0500
  • Cheryl Firlotte
    Happy Face Nursery School endorsed 2018-01-10 15:48:38 -0500
  • Vawn Smith
    endorsed 2018-01-10 15:25:08 -0500
  • Dana Sharkey
    posted about this on Facebook 2018-01-10 14:19:41 -0500
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  • Dana Sharkey
    @DanaSharkey tweeted link to this page. 2018-01-10 14:19:38 -0500
    We've just endorsed the Ontario Early Childhood Sector Decent Work Charter! Please join us! http://www.aeceo.ca/ontario_early_childhood_sector_decent_work_charter?recruiter_id=29526
  • Dana Sharkey
    Centrepointe Childcare services endorsed 2018-01-10 14:18:51 -0500
  • Joanne Paluch Kaissieh
    endorsed 2018-01-04 22:47:38 -0500
    I would like to see the Government recognize the importance of RECE’s and start treating them as valuable professionals comparable to teachers without prejudice . They deserve to get equal professional pay for the hard work they do on a daily basis. The early years are the most important years of child development. These children are the future .
  • Anonymous
    Ontario Coalition for Better Child Care endorsed 2017-12-20 16:48:31 -0500
  • Amy O'Neil
    Treetop Children's Centre endorsed 2017-12-14 11:42:46 -0500
  • MaryAm Mahboubi
    Noah's Ark Childcare and Nursery endorsed 2017-12-12 10:57:07 -0500
    Make a change!
  • Shelley Davey
    Sunshine Heights Co-op Daycare endorsed 2017-12-12 10:56:38 -0500
  • Shelley J Davey
    posted about this on Facebook 2017-12-10 16:36:46 -0500
    We've just endorsed the Ontario Early Childhood Sector Decent Work Charter! Please join us!