Leadership and Capacity Building in the ELCC Sector – Phase II
Full Day Learning, the biggest change in early childhood education in a generation, is now a reality in Ontario.
In September 2010, 600 elementary schools in Ontario began offering the province’s new full day learning program for 4 and 5 year olds, and by September 2012 it will be available in almost 1,700 schools.
Early learning delivery in the public education system is being transformed by the entry of thousands of young children. The teaching model is changing radically with RECE-teacher partner teams and new curriculums being implemented. Core to the program’s success is a common shared vision and effective team approach where the combined expertise of early childhood educators and teachers provides an optimal learning environment.
The introduction of full-day has had a monumental impact on the existing child care system and community. 41,000 ECEs are either transitioning to a new employer or will be entering the system over the next few years.
To help address some of these transitional issues, with the support of the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF), the AECEO and our sister organization, L’Association francophone à l’éducation des services à l’enfance de l’Ontario (AFÉSEO), have come together on a project to facilitate leadership and growth in the early childhood education community and heighten awareness in the education sector, among parents and the general public about the skills and value of having RECE’s in kindergarten classrooms.
· Provides increased information for the public, parents and school boards about the role of early childhood educators
· Facilitates the participation of RECEs in discussions on their role in the Early Learning Program’s staff teams
· Builds leadership capacity in early learning sector organizations
Much more can still be done to ensure recognition of the valuable contributions of early childhood educators and their skills, qualifications and knowledge. The initiative’s next stage is the AECEO’s Annual Provincial Conference June 9th – 11th 2011, where the focus will be on Leadership and Team Building for the early childhood educator working in all capacities of the early learning sector.
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