Important Organizations

Association of Early Childhood Educators Ontario (AECEO)

The AECEO is the professional association for early childhood educators in Ontario. The mission of the AECEO is to serve and act on behalf of early childhood educators in Ontario by:

  • Supporting the professional growth of early childhood educators through the provision and pro-motion of ongoing professional development, training and best practices;
  • Advocating on behalf of the profession;
  • Promoting and supporting quality early learning and care as an integral part of a child’s healthy development;
  • Disseminating research, educational resources and topical information about early learning and care to the public, governments and other related professionals;
  • Coordinating opportunities for communication and networking among early childhood educators and others interested in early childhood education and care;
  • Promoting and supporting research and advancement in the field of early childhood education and care;
  • Building capacity and leadership between the profession, communities and stakeholder groups to advocate for children and families;
  • Making known to parents and the general public the value and importance of early childhood education and early childhood educators, and;
  • Facilitating certification and supporting equivalency of early childhood educators

College of Early Childhood Educators (CECE)

The Early Childhood Educators Act, 2007, established the College of Early Childhood Educators of Ontario (CECE), the regulatory college for Early Childhood Educators (ECEs). Registration with the college is mandatory if you wish to work in a position labeled early childhood educator and/or call yourself an early childhood educator. The CECE website outlines that the Act includes:

A definition of what constitutes the practice of the profession;

A requirement for persons to be members [of the college] in order to practise the profession;

Title protection authorizing only members of the College to use the titles "early childhood educator" or "registered early childhood educator" or an abbreviation;

There was a review of the Early Childhood Educators Act in 2013. (link below)

The primary role of the college, as defined in the Act, is to protect the public and hold the profession and those using the professional title of ‘Early Childhood Educator’ accountable. As outlined on the college website, “the College is not an educational institution or a professional association that advocates for early childhood educators. It is an organization that helps to serve and protect children and families by setting registration requirements and ethical and professional standards for registered early childhood educators (RECEs), and governing member conduct through a complaints and discipline process”.

In contrast to the College of ECEs, the Association of Early Childhood Educators of Ontario (AECEO) is the professional association for early childhood educators and has a mandate to advocate on behalf of the profession and support their work by responding to current issues on their behalf, providing ongoing resources and information about the ECEC field, and providing opportunities for professional development and collaboration. Membership with the AECEO, however, is not mandatory.

For more information about the relationship between an association (the AECEO) and a regulatory body (College of ECEs) click here

Ontario Coalition for Better Child Care (OCBCC)

The OCBCC is Ontario’s central advocacy group for a universal, affordable, high quality, public and non-profit system of early childhood education and care. Formed in 1981, the OCBCC is a member organization comprised of child care centres, national and provincial groups and individuals from all across Ontario. OCBCC members are ECEs, child care workers, parents, grandparents, centre directors and trade unionists - most importantly they are people who care about child care.

Family Supports Institute of Ontario (FSIO)

The Family Supports Institute Ontario exists to advance the well-being of families as seen through the lens of The Guiding Principles of Family Support.  This will be accomplished using the tools of Innovative Research, Promotion of Family-Friendly Public Policy, Reciprocal Capacity Building, and Parent Engagement.

We are seeking to dramatically improve the wellbeing of Ontario families and their children so that no family is below the UN measurements of healthy families

National Organisations

Childcare Resource and Research Unit (CRRU)

The Childcare Resource and Research Unit is National based organisation. The role of organisation is to provide public education, resources and consultation on Early Childhood Education and Childcare (ECEC) policy and research, foster and support research in various fields focusing on ECEC, carry out relevant research projects and publish the results. The goal of the institute is interpreting the research or policy and anticipating the need for information resources on ECE to promote communication among the people who are interested in Early Childhood Education.

Canadian Child Care Federation (CCCF)

Canadian Child Care Federation is a National organisation. The goal of the organisation is providing the best support to children through offering a variety of information related to child development and resources about early childhood curriculum practical strategies, which enhance early childhood practitioners’ skills and knowledge to support children’s learning and development.  

Child Care Advocacy Association of Canada (CCAAC)

The Child Care Advocacy Association of Canada (CCAAC) is a non-profit organisation promoting publicly funded child care in Canada by advocating through public education and political action. The CCAAC’s goal is for inclusive, affordable, non-profit, quality child care in Canada. It provides leadership to social policy activists, labours and early childhood community through holding campaigns.  

Atkinson Centre

The Atkinson Centre for Society and Child Development is a research centre that is committed to using the best available evidence on early child development to inform public discourse, public policy and the professional learning of those who work with young children. Atkinson Centre remain committed to pursuing learning opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students to strengthen their capacity to bridge research with policy and practice through quality learning experiences.

The Best Start Resource Centre (BSRC)

The Best Start Resource Centre is funded by Ontario government where affiliates different organisations to support healthy, equitable and thriving communities. The role of the organisation is providing information related to prenatal health and early childhood development which are up-to-dated on current trends information. The organisation also provides multilingual language information which can be freely downloaded. The organisation provides diverse services such as online training sessions and consultations for developing practices, curriculum ideas, and planning strategies.

Provincial ECE Associations

Association of Early Childhood Educators Alberta (AECEA)

Association of Early Childhood Educators of Alberta (AECEA) is non-profit, the member-based society with a mission to strengthen and advance a unified early learning and child care profession in Alberta. The organisation provides up-to-date information in early childhood sector and professional learning opportunities. The members of organisation receive a discount for AECEA events.

Early Childhood Educators of BC (ECEBC)

The Early Childhood Educators of BC enhances early childhood educators’ ability to be a strong voice for the profession. It influences society to value children and childhood and to respect the professionals who care for and educate children. We are dedicated to building respect for early childhood education and educators.

Manitoba Child Care Association (MCCA)

Mission of MCCA is to advocate for a quality system of child care, to advance early childhood education as a profession, and to provide services to our members. To promote and support an exceptional early learning and child care system by fueling our members to be proud and excited to belong to a progressive, respected profession.

Early Childhood care & Education New Brunswick Soins et éducation à la petite enfance Nouveau-Brunswick  (ECCENB-SEPENB)

ECCENB-SEPENB is a bilingual association that represents the entire sector of Early Learning and Child Care services. ECCENB-SEPENB, with all its members, represents, supports, and promotes licensed Early Learning and Child Care services of all communities in New Brunswick. 

Nova Scotia Child Care Association  (NSCCA)

 The Nova Scotia Child Care Association (NSCCA) is committed to improving standards and guidelines for the profession and thereby increases the quality of child care. NSCCA is dedicated to increasing the recognition of the important role of child care practitioners in providing quality child care to our children. The goals of the Nova Scotia Child Care Association educate and facilitate the ethical practice of its members and support its members in applying ethics to their work. Also NSCCA advocate and support its members in their provision of quality child care.

 L’Association francophone à l’éducation des services à l’enfance de l’Ontario

L’Aféseo a pour mission de regrouper toutes les personnes qui ont un intérêt à la prime enfance en Ontario, de voir à leurs besoins et de les appuyer dans leur rôle éducatif auprès des enfants. Chaque enfant bénéficie d’un service éducatif à l’enfance de qualité en français au cœur de sa communauté, ce qui lui permet de développer son plein potentiel.

Early Childhood Development Association of P.E.I. (ECDA)

Early Childhood Development Association of P.E.I. (ECDA) is a non-profit organisation. ECDA’s primary mission is promoting children’s healthy development and families’ well-being by cooperating with the government and other key partners. The organisation’s vision is children and families have access to available, affordable, and quality of care.

Saskatchewan Early Childhood Association (SECA)

Saskatchewan Early Childhood Association (SECA) is a non-profit and membership-based organisation where committed to providing high-quality learning service for children and families. SECA’s vision is advocating children and families and early childhood educators. The goal for the organisation is delivering a quality of learning opportunities to members of the organisation and early childhood educators and creating unification provincially.

The Quebec Association for Preschool Professional Development (QAPPD)

The QAPPD has always maintained its mission to support early childhood care center directors through their day to day challenges and also by providing professional development opportunities. We are dedicated group of professionals that will continue to strive for excellence in the early childhood education field while continuing to enhance and expand our own competencies along the way. 


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