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Date: June 26, 2017

Memorandum to: Early Years and Child Care Stakeholders

From: Indira Naidoo-Haris
Minister Responsible for Early Years and Child Care

Technical Advisory Group on Ontario's Early Years and Child Care Workforce Strategy: Terms of Reference

On June 6th, the Ministry of Education released Ontario’s Renewed Early Years and Child Care Policy Framework. The Early Years and Child Care Division, Ministry of Education led a province wide consultation to develop the Renewed Framework and inform the implementation plan to help 100,000 more children access licensed child care  over five years.

This investment will double the amount of spaces for children in this age range, so that 40% of children can be served through licensed child care. With the commitment, there will be increased demand for high quality Registered Early Childhood Educators (RECEs) and other front-line early years and child care staff in Ontario.

The government committed to Ontario’s Early Years and Child Care Workforce Strategy so that families will continue to benefit from high-quality child care and early years programming delivered by engaged and knowledgeable educators. The objective of the workforce strategy is to develop ways to further support early years professionals in areas such as compensation, hiring, retention and professional development.

Purpose:

As a sub-group of the Minister’s Early Years Advisory Committee, the purpose of this Technical Advisory Group is to provide focused advice on the development of Ontario’s Early Years and Child Care Workforce Strategy to support a longer-term plan for growing the profession of early childhood educators and addressing the multiple complex issues facing the sector.

The government is committed to:

  • Developing a workforce strategy, including a study to identify how the province can better support ECEs and other child care staff in areas that include: compensation, hiring, retention, education, training and governance.
  • Confirming ongoing funding for wage enhancement while exploring other ways to improve the program
  • Providing ongoing support for professional development, including two provincially-funded professional learning days per year.
  • Working with post-secondary institutions to support their continued work to graduate high quality Early Childhood Educators.
  • Continuing to help people upgrade qualifications to obtain an ECE diploma, and become members of the Ontario College of Early Childhood Educators.

The information and advice provided by the Technical Advisory Group will be shared with the Minister’s Early Years Advisory Committee.

Membership:

Membership of the Technical Advisory Group is based on a range of expertise held by various partners from across the sector, including:

Provincial Government

  • Ministry of Education Early Years and Child Care Policy Branch (Director – Chair)

Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development

  • Post-Secondary Education Division
  • Strategic Policy and Programs Division

Ministry of Labour

  • Division TBD

External Advisors

  • Childcare Resource and Research Unit
  • College of Early Childhood Educators
  • Association of Early Childhood Educators of Ontario (AECEO)
  • Colleges Ontario – to identify 2 Vice Presidents, Academic, including one French-language college
  • Association francophone à l’éducation des services à l’enfance de l’Ontario (AFÉSÉO)
  • Ontario Municipal Social Services Association (OMSSA) – to identify 2 CMSM/DSSAB representatives
  • Council of Ontario Directors of Education (CODE)
  • Conseil ontarien des directrices et directeurs de l’éducation de langue française (CODELF)
  • Quality Early Learning Network (QELN) – to identify 2 representatives
  • Aboriginal Institutes Consortium
  • Family Supports Institute Ontario
  • Association of Day Care Operators (ADCO)
  • Home Child Care Association of Ontario (HCCAO)

Each partner organization will be represented by one person, unless otherwise noted above, for a total of approximately 16 people. Additional members may be added as needed, including if a particular expertise is required.

The Ministry of Education, Early Years and Child Care Policy Director, will chair the Technical Advisory Group and will manage matters related to the mandate, membership and agenda.

Deliverables:

The Technical Advisory Group will provide advice on elements of the Workforce Strategy. The Group will not be expected to produce reports or other types of deliverables.

Secretariat Support:

Secretariat support will be provided by the Early Years and Child Care Policy Branch.

Timing and Location:

Meetings will be held in Toronto, with options to participate via teleconference and Adobe Connect.

The first meeting will be held in summer 2017. Additional meetings will be scheduled as needed.

Other:

Travel and accommodation expenses will be reimbursed by the Early Years and Child Care Division in accordance with Government of Ontario policies and directives.

The confidentiality of the advice provided by members will be maintained.