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Every day, early childhood educators (ECEs) provide Ontario’s children with safe, responsive, and caring interactions that build a strong foundation for their development and well-being. 

Children who participate in high-quality learning environments experience increased verbal communication, reading, math, and science skills, as well as a host of other benefits. Uncover the facts about the many ways ECEs benefit children, their families, and the growth of our economy.


High-quality licensed child care provides Ontario’s children with safe, responsive, and caring interactions that build a strong foundation for development and well-being. When children are nurtured in environments where their social, emotional, cognitive, and physical health is considered, they thrive in countless ways.

High-quality licensed child care helps children develop vital skills during their first five years, which marks a critical developmental period in a child’s life.


Early childhood educators (ECEs) provide children with the foundation they need to grow into future leaders. ECEs use their extensive knowledge of learning and child development to create high-quality learning opportunities through play and exploration. Educators are trained to:

  • Understand brain development and how to support healthy growth
  • Identify children’s developmental stages and capabilities in social, emotional, cognitive, linguistic, and physical domains
  • Build partnerships with families to support children’s well-being
  • Plan activities that promote learning and build on children’s current abilities and interests

Participation in high-quality learning environments can help support children and their communities and to improve social, health, and academic outcomes.

Benefits for Children

  • Improved physical and mental well-being
  • Decrease in chronic health problems
  • Increased self-confidence
  • Improved outcomes in literacy, math, and science
  • Higher rates of completing high-school
  • Increase in conflict resolutions skills

Benefits for communities

  • Increases the number of women in the workforce
  • Decreases the need for social assistance
  • Increases household income
  • Decreases participation in criminal activity

Links

Become an Early Childhood Educator — Region of Peel
CECE — College of Early Childhood Educators
Early Childhood Education — Ontario College Application Service

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