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Here’s how Early Childhood Educators make a difference in Waterloo Region2 min read

Oct 4, 2023 1 min

Here’s how Early Childhood Educators make a difference in Waterloo Region2 min read

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Early Childhood Educators (ECEs) play an important role in our community. Childhood is a crucial time of intellectual, physical, and emotional growth. Families across the Waterloo Region rely on ECEs’ expertise to care for their children, and provide safe, stimulating programs to help them grow and learn.

Currently, our community has more than 1,900 Registered Early Childhood Educators providing early learning and child care. This is an exciting time to become an ECE! New investments from the Federal and Provincial governments are making licensed child care affordable for more people and increasing the number of child care spaces available.

Right now, there are more than 100 job openings in Waterloo Region for early years professionals. We expect demand for licensed child care will significantly increase over the next few years as new programs open to meet increased demand in our growing community.

Curious about an ECE profession? Check out the video below, developed by Children’s Services and Conestoga College. It provides an overview of the profession and opportunities in Waterloo Region.

Early Childhood Educators can find work in a range of places:

  • licensed centre and home based child care,
  • EarlyON Child and Family Centres,
  • Special Needs Resourcing agencies,
  • school board-operated kindergarten, and
  • before- and after-school programs.

October 17 will mark this year’s Early Childhood Educator and Child Care Appreciation Day. Appreciation Day is marked by hundreds of early years and child care programs to thank ECEs and child care workers for their hard work and dedication each day in supporting children.

Be sure to thank your ECE and child care workers on October 17 and show your appreciation for all they do in support of future generations!

Find out more about the many ways ECEs benefit children, families, and the growth of our economy in Waterloo Region at