The College officially opened in September 2008. For more than 20 years previous to that, organizations working in early learning and care lobbied the
Government of Ontario to get legislative recognition for early childhood educators (ECEs).
In May 2007 the Ontario government passed the
Early Childhood Educators Act, 2007. This law established the College of Early Childhood Educators (the College). The Act includes:
A definition of what constitutes the practice of the profession.
A requirement for persons to be members in order to practise the profession.
Title protection authorizing only members of the College to use the titles "early childhood educator" or "registered early childhood educator" or an abbreviation.
Roles and responsibilities of the Registrar along with the Registration Appeals, Complaints, Discipline and Fitness to Practise Committees.
On February 14, 2009 when the Act was fully proclaimed, the Transitional Council handed over a fully funded and functioning College to the first-elected
The College conducts elections to elect RECEs to the College Council. Participation in the election of the College Council is an important opportunity available to members of the College. RECEs may participate either as a candidate for election to Council or as a member who will cast a vote for a candidate.
Subsequent elections of the Council were held in 2011 and 2013. Beginning in 2013, elections were staggered so that not all Council members are elected in all of the College's eight electoral districts at one time.
From the first membership application in September 2008, the College has seen exponential growth in membership. The College issued its 45,000th Certificate of Registration in August 2013.
In 2010, the College undertook the direct handling of applications from Canadian-trained applicants who required an individual assessment of their educational qualifications. The College also expanded their application process to include those from internationally-trained applicants who required an individual assessment of their educational qualifications in all languages.
Membership data for fiscal year 2017-2018
Membership data fiscal year 2018-2019
Published first Professional Advisory on the use of the titles "early childhood educator (ECE)" or "registered early childhood educator (RECE)".
The College's publication, Member Newsletter, was first published in 2009. In 2013, the College's members voted to re-name its publication
One of the College’s important accomplishments was the launch of its
public register in March 2010, which makes it possible for members of the public to verify an RECE’s registration status. The College held its first
Annual Meeting in May 2010.
This brief history reflects the College’s commitment to continual improvement in the regulation of Ontario’s early childhood education profession in the public interest.