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Purpose and Mandate

The College of Early Childhood Educators (College) regulates and governs Ontario’s Registered Early Childhood Educators (RECEs) in the public interest.

The College was established under the Early Childhood Educators Act, 2007 (ECE Act), and came into existence in February 2009.

With more than 57,000 members in good standing, the College is one of the largest professional self-regulatory bodies in Ontario and is the only professional self-regulatory body for early childhood education in Canada.

The College regulates the profession of early childhood education by establishing and enforcing:

  • Registration requirements;
  • Ethical and professional standards for RECEs;
  • Requirements for continuous professional learning; and
  • Complaints and discipline process for professional misconduct, incompetence and incapacity.


Leadership in early learning and care by trusted, accountable professionals​


Serve and protect the public interest by regulating the profession of early childhood education​


Transparency and Accountability
Processes are open, information is clear and
accessible to members and the public.
The hallmark of self-regulation: we accept
responsibility for our actions.
Integrity and Fairness
Firm adherence to moral and ethical
principles; making the right decisions.
Processes give equal opportunity to
all; decisions meet predetermined,
defensible criteria.
Professionalism and Leadership
Use of specialized knowledge, skills and
judgment for the benefit of the community served.
A process of social influence which empowers and
magnifies the efforts of others toward shared goals.
Inclusion and Respect
Creating an environment of belonging, in which
diversity and differences are welcomed
and valued.
We recognize the dignity and value of our
work, our members and the public we serve.

Strategic Priorities for 2018-2022​​

Entry to Practice
Process Efficiency
Processes for member registration and renewal are both rigorous and efficient.
Practice Readiness
Criteria for entry to the profession support new members in practicing competently, safely and ethically.
Membership Structure
The College’s membership structure reflects the realities of practice in the sector.
Continuing Competence
Resource Development
Develop resources to support members in understanding and applying the Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice.
CPL Compliance
Ensure compliance with the CPL program, balancing remedial and enforcement approaches.
Leadership & Professionalism
Contribute to the development of leadership capacity and professional identity.
Professional Regulation
Process Efficiency
College processes support timely and efficient processing of reports and complaints.
Fitness to Practice
Effectively address issues related to members’ fitness to practice the profession.
Tracking of Trends
Identify trends to support proactive regulation.
IT Infrastructure
Develop an IT infrastructure that proactively supports and facilitates protection of the public interest.
Financial Sustainability
Ensure the College’s operations support its ongoing sustainability.
Human Resources
HR programs ensure a workforce that is competent, engaged and motivated.
Communications & Stakeholder Relations
Government / Stakeholder Relations Strategy
Develop and execute a clear strategy to build and leverage relationships with government and stakeholders in support of the strategic plan.
Increased / Enhanced Member Engagement
Communication and engagement with members is purposeful, effective and supports the strategic plan.
Enhance Reporting and Communication
Demonstrate accountability by ensuring that Council Materials, meetings and communications facilitate effective oversight by Council and understanding by members.
Optimized Governance Structure and Practices
Support effective governance through the structure, composition and functioning of Council and Committees.


  • Use data to enhance our understanding of the profession and inform our approach to regulation
  • Explore the interrelationship between RECEs and the sector