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Professional Pay and Decent Work for All

Professional Pay & Decent Work For AllWith support from the Atkinson Foundation’s Decent Work Fund, the Association of Early Childhood Educators Ontario (AECEO) worked in partnership with the Atkinson Centre for Society and Child Development and the Ontario Coalition for Better Child Care (OCBCC) to develop and implement the Professional Pay and Decent Work for All Project.

This project sought to develop a shared understanding of decent work and disseminate information to the early childhood education and care sector to foster a collective and empowered voice for progressive change through eight community mobilization forums across Ontario. These forums provided resources and professional learning in a respectful and positive space to encourage attendees to adopt leadership roles within the movement. The forums were designed to be stimulating, engaging and inclusive of all professionals in the early childhood sector to foster participation and shared dialogue. The eight mobilization forums included four forums within the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) and four outside of the GTA. They were conducted in: Sault Ste. Marie, Scarborough, Brantford, Kingston, Durham Region, Peel Region, Waterloo Region, and Sudbury.

During each of the forums, participants were asked a series of questions, with the responses documented. The summary report will be formally presented at the AECEO's provincial conference this September in Ottawa. We will also post the report on our website with information about next steps.


  Decent Work Petition 2

Presenting the petitions at Queens Park, October 26, 2016: Bernice Cipparrone (Atkinson Centre), Lyndsay Macdonald (AECEO), Lisa Gretzky (MPP, Windsor), Carolyn Ferns (OCBCC)


Professional Pay & Decent Work for All - Group

Back Row: Charene (GBC ECL Grad), Natasha (GBC ECL Grad), participant, Bernice Cipparrone (Atkinson Centre), Carolyn Ferns (OCBCC), Sue Parker (AECEO) - Front Row: Vittoria Bitto (OCBCC), Lyndsay Macdonald (AECEO)


Decent Work - AECEO, Atkinson Centre, OCBCC   Decent Work - Durham Region Forum

                 (l to r) Sue Parker, AECEO; Bernice Cipparrone McLeod,                   Mobilitzation Forum: Durham Region
                           Atkinson Centre; Carolyn Ferns, OCBCC