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College of Early Childhood Educators

The College of Early Childhood Educators (CECE) is the governing body for early childhood educators in Ontario. The Office of the Fairness Commissioner (OFC) oversees the registration practices of the CECE to ensure that they are transparent, objective, impartial and fair for anyone who wants to practise as an early childhood educator in this province.

The College of Early Childhood Educators (CECE) filed its first Fair Registration Practices (FRP) Report on March 31, 2010, covering 2009, to the OFC.

Registration Practices Assessment Report, 2014

This summary of the assessment includes recommendations for improvement.

Fair Registration Practices (FRP) Report, 2012

Registration Practices Assessment Report — Summary (Early Childhood Educators)

Applications to Practise Processed by the CECE in 2012
Jan. 1 to Dec. 31 Jurisdiction Where Applicants Received Their Training Total
Ontario Other Canadian Provinces USA Other International Unknown
New applications received5,291107251262585,807
Applicants who became members4,888296232475,193

Fair Registration Practices (FRP) Report, 2011

Report on Entry-to-Practice Review, 2011

Applications to Practise Processed by the CECE in 2011
Jan. 1 to Dec. 31 Jurisdiction Where Applicants Received Their Training Total
Ontario Other Canadian Provinces USA Other International Unknown
New applications received4,926101271223605,536
Applicants who became members4,772489373545,220

Fair Registration Practices (FRP) Report, 2010

Applications to Practise Processed by the CECE in 2010
Jan. 1 to Dec. 31 Jurisdiction Where Applicants Received Their Training Total
Ontario Other Canadian Provinces USA Other International Unknown
New applications received5,5121296422755,964
Applicants who became members6,15867162756,507

Timelines to Process Applications: Upgrades to the registry system have reduced the processing time for applications from several months in the first half of 2009 to four-to-six weeks.

For a description of all OFC-monitored developments for this profession for 2009, see the 2009-2010 Annual Report.

Applications to Practise Processed by the CECE in 2009
Jan. 1 to Dec. 31 Jurisdiction Where Applicants Received Their Training Total
Ontario Other Canadian Provinces USA Other International Unknown
New applications received19,63810519,743
Applicants who became members18,7019718,798

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Exemplary Practices

The OFC gathers regulatory bodies' exemplary licensing practices so that they may learn from one another. Practices for the College of Early Childhood Educators are listed below.

  1. Combining tactics to create impartial and objective assessment

    This practice may interest regulators who seek additional...

  2. Organizing instructions in step-by-step charts to ease access to registration information

    This practice deals with presentation of information...

  3. Streamlining the appeals process

    This practice is of interest to regulators who seek...

  4. Using members' feedback to facilitate continuous improvements

    This practice is of interest to regulators seeking...


Quick Facts

Number of Early Childhood Educators41,462
Number of Internationally Trained Early Childhood Educators70

You may find information about exam requirements and Canadian work experience requirements elsewhere on this site.


Location of Training, 2012

Ontario39,118
Other Canadian Provinces334
USA16
Other International70
Unknown1,924
Total41,462
Proportion of Internationally Trained Members (includes USA)0%

The College of Early Childhood Educators falls under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Education. The OFC does not assess credentials, handle complaints or intervene in particular cases. Our mandate is one of systemic change. Please contact the CECE for further information about your ability to practise as an early childhood educator in Ontario.