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Who Are Our CCCF Members?

They work in homes, in schools, and in centres. Some work directly with children, some work in administration, and others work in research and policy, or teach in higher education institutions. They are also students just coming into the field or returning to school to continue their learning. No matter where they work, they are caring people committed to making a difference. Our members work hard, putting their hearts and their souls into their work. Many of them are juggling many balls—and often, more than one job. As is the case in so many caring professions, those doing the direct work with children are most often at the lowest end of the pay scale.

Regardless of what part of the country they’re from, they all have a love of early childhood education in common. And we love them for that! We’d like to introduce just a few of our members: 

My membership helps me to advocate for quality ELCC with the most current resources and statistics. Shirley
The CCCF website and Facebook page have been great resources for information in my work with ECE students and families and for helping me better understand the issues in child care across the country. Nicole
I love being part of the CCCF Facebook group and accessing the website, as they allow me to connect with other people working in the industry in many different roles, hear and help support different advocacy campaigns, learn more about working conditions/differences in different provinces across the country, and be in the know about trainings/webinars/networking opportunities that have assisted me in being on top of things to be the best I can be and also share resources with my staff! Thank you to Scholar's Choice for providing gift cards and I'm excitedly looking forward to the new CCCF website! Sasha
Being a member of CCCF has been an invaluable part of my professionalism. The organization is a hub for meeting fellow passionate ECEs and advocates, learning from one another, giving and receiving support, as well as a place to participate in a community of solidarity across the country. Thanks for being a much needed voice for our sector CCCF! Friday

Connection and community is important to our members. It’s from that connection with each other, CCCF’s strategic partners and appreciated donors that members find voice and recognition vital to the advancement of their important work. Using online tools, social media and in person events, members are linked and inspired by what is happening here and now within our borders and around the world.

Being a member means being part of a larger whole. It means being heard which provides validation and often results in gaining courage and confidence, pride and self respect. In an undervalued profession, CCCF offers a place where members are appreciated for what they do each and everyday that helps to make this country function. CCCF Members know good care educates, and good education cares. 

La page de la fédération canadienne m’aide à rester en contact avec le monde de l’éducation du Canada. Il y a plein de ressources et d’informations utiles pour mes cours. Dominique
This group has given me the support all through the year but especially during this Pandemic. I have received lots of encouraging news, felt supported when things were new and when I didn’t know where to turn too. Thank you Don for always being there for all the ECE’s and for your continued support in your hometown. 😊 Susan
I love the support of this community especially in these trying times. The comradery is comforting! Barb Wilkins
I'm a new member but this group has provided a lot of resources and support during the current uncertain times we are dealing with. I appreciate having information regarding all provinces too. It's very insightful. Lauren Kenny
The CCCF community has given me great resources to share with other early childhood educators and families. I love being part of a community that feels passionately and strongly about advocating for children's rights and professionalism in our field. Tina Geers
CCCF has helped by sharing useful professional development that I had the opportunity to share with my fellow eces and some of them took great advantage Jackie DeLauw
I love the professional journal called Interaction that the CCCF puts out. There is a wide variety of articles written by ECE's within a diverse range of positions in the field. The indepth articles in particular offer perspectives and insights that always inspire me. Karen McLaughlin
I’m new to this group. I have been an ECE for over 30 years but continue to learn more and more about this field. CCCF has provided me with information about what is happening across Canada and how each province has different policies and procedures. I didn’t realize how inconsistent things are across Canada🤔Thank you for the great resources! Julie Teresa Frankruyter
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The membership has provided such a great support through the Pandemic. Having a space to find Canadian information on Early Learning has been extremely valuable. Darlene Holliday
Thank you for being a great leader for children. I am more educated and motivated to be an advocate for ECE's because of CCEF. I am looking forward to participating your workshop on ECEBC conference! Ai Paul
To be a member of the Canadian Child Care Federation keeps me connected to the rest of Canada. The resources enable me to strengthen my professionalism. The professional journal, Interaction keeps me informed of current issues and considerations in Early Childhood. It has helped me consider policies and compare promising practices across the nation. It is the closest thing I have to a professional association. Patricia Davison
During the stress of Covid it offered some webinar opportunities. Jenny King
Super grateful to the CCCF for the incredible access to webinars and professional development opportunities. I also appreciate the ongoing updates about the status of childcare nationwide. Geraldine Elliot
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Anyone working in licensed child care has to apply for certification. You will find certification information for your province or territory on our child care certification page.

With your resume and cover letter ready (we’ll provide guides for this soon), contact child care centres and introduce yourself! You can call, email, or even message them on social media. Don’t be discouraged if you don’t get a reply. Try again a few days later to give them your resume in person. Remember that due to safety reasons you need to call first. Tell them you live in their area, and that you’re looking for a position.

On our provincial and territorial map we link to child care associations in your area. Follow the link to your association and join today. The associations provide valuable information to anyone starting out in their career. Even experienced ECEs can benefit. You’ll also enjoy valuable member benefits like discounts, meet other ECEs, and become a part of the child care movement in Canada.

If you join your provincial or territorial affiliate, you’re automatically also a member of the CCCF.

All licensed and regulated quality child care programs in Canada require these for the safety and security of children and families.

If you’re just starting out:

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  3. Write your resume and begin your job search. We’ll provide tips on this soon. 
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Early Childhood Educators (ECEs) are incredible professionals that have rewarding, important and demanding careers. They work with young children (and their families), ages 0-12, nurturing and educating them, observing and planning for their growth and development while ensuring that they are healthy. They create interactive and dynamic learning environments where children develop social skills, develop cognitive skills and foster lifelong learning. ECEs work in child care centres, classrooms, home child cares, preschool, and parent drop-in programs. You do not need a teaching degree to be an ECE, but you do need your ECE diploma.

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