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ECEHR Sector Council Study

The Early Childhood Educators Human Resource Council is pleased to share with you the final report of the study, Examination of Recruitment and Retention Issues within the Regulated Early Learning and Child Care Workforce. The Council commissioned Don Gallant and Associates to complete the study which took place between June 2018 and March 2019. It informs the sector about the challenges faced in attracting new recruits to college programs, the realities of working and making a career as an early childhood educator (ECE), and the demand and need for post-secondary education and ongoing professional learning.

Stakeholders throughout the sector across the province shared their perspectives. We heard from ECEs working in centre-based care and family child care, licensees, former educators, college officials, government, AECENL, Family Child Care Connections, Aboriginal and Francophone communities and the Native Friendship Centre.

The report contains findings which the Council has responded to in a set of recommendations which are paramount to bringing about change necessary to address the goals of achieving a qualified workforce with fair remuneration and benefits. The recommendations will be presented and discussed with government in January 2020 and will subsequently be released on the AECENL website.