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Employer Newsletter: Summer 2019

Oct 19, 2021

​​New Resource: Practice Guideline on Inclusion of Children with Disabilities

The Ontario Human Rights Code guarantees the right to equal treatment in education without discrimination. To help RECEs create inclusive learning environments where all children can fully participate – to everyone’s benefit – the College has published its new Practice Guideline: Inclusion of Children with Disabilities.

This practice guideline also helps RECEs to understand the requirements outlined in the Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice. Standard III states that RECEs should “work in partnership with children, families and colleagues to create a safe, healthy and inviting environment that promotes a sense of belonging, well-being and inclusion.”

However, educators may feel they lack the knowledge, skills and experience necessary to support children with disabilities or with diverse learning pathways.

The new practice guideline:

  • Describes inclusion, special needs and disability
  • Provides practical approaches to support children with disabilities and their families
  • Highlights the role of the child, family, community and other professionals
  • Outlines the physical, social and attitudinal barriers and supports to inclusion
  • Offers reflective questions and scenarios to support practice and collaborative dialogue

Learn more about how to include children with disabilities: download the Practice Guideline​.

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New! Online Membership Renewals through​My College Account

  • RECEs now can renew their membership with the College online and pay by VISA or MasterCard.
  • A member’s status remains in good standing on the public register while the College processes their renewal.
  • Members will receive a personal link to
    My College Account approximately two months before their renewal is due. This personal link allows members to access
    My College Account, where they can update their contact information and renew their membership online.
  • Annual membership renewal is an important point of contact with the College to confirm everyone using the RECE designation is competent, ethical, and able to practise safely.  Each year, RECEs must comply with the ongoing requirements for membership and let the College know if something happened in their practice that constitutes professional misconduct or poses a risk of harm to children.
  • Employers with questions about renewals can contact the College at renewals@college-ece.ca​.

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Stacey Lepine RECE Elected as New Council President​

“I’m honoured to have been elected Council President for the College of Early Childhood Educators. As RECEs enter our second decade as regulated professionals, I look forward to continuing to evolve and grow to ensure that we are able to meet our mandate of protecting the public interest.”

On June 18, the Council of the College of Early Childhood Educators elected Stacey Lepine RECE as its new President. Former PresidentDa​rlene Edgar RECE​, who was a Council member since the College’s inception, completed her final term on Council.

Stacey (District 4 — Central East Region) joined Council in 2015 and was elected to the Executive Committee as Vice President in June 2017. Stacey has been an early childhood educator for over 30 years, and currently works as manager of the Early Years and Poverty Strategy Departments at the Durham District School Board in Whitby, ON. She is a life-long learner providing leadership to diverse early years settings including licensed child care centres, Ontario Early Years Centres, full-day kindergarten and school-based child care environments.

Also elected to the Executive Committee during the Council meeting were:

  • ​Vice-President: Kristine Parsons RECE
  • Julie Cyr RECE
  • Laura Urso RECE
  • Barney Savage
  • Karen Damley CPA, CA​

Read more about our Council members​.​

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Reminder: Use the public register to confirm​ membership

​​Need confirmation of a member’s status? The College’s ​public register​ indicates if a member is in good standing and can be checked at any time. A receipt is not proof of membership with the College. ​

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