Purpose and Mandate


The College of Early Childhood Educators regulates and governs Ontario’s early childhood educators in the public interest.  

The College is not an educational institution or a professional association that advocates for early childhood educators. It is an organization that helps to serve and protect children and families by setting registration requirements and ethical and professional standards for registered early childhood educators (RECEs), and governing member conduct through a complaints and discipline process. 


Protecting the Public Interest

The College is the first professional self-regulatory college for early childhood educators in Canada. Self-regulatory bodies exist to serve and protect the public interest. There are more than 40 regulated professions in Ontario including nursing, teaching, social work and early childhood education.

Self-regulation is a privilege given to a profession by the government. The granting of this privilege shows that the profession can put the interests of the public ahead of their professional interests. It also acknowledges that a profession's members are capable of governing themselves and can be held accountable by the public.

The College has created an online public register of its members, which anyone can use to verify that a person is a registered member of the College. Providing this information assures the public that individuals practising the profession of early childhood education are qualified and competent.


About RECEs

Read more about what early childhood educators do. Only members of the College can use the protected titles “early childhood educator” and “registered early childhood educator” along with the professional designation, RECE and their French equivalents. Only individuals who have met the registration requirements of the College and hold a Certificate of Registration in good standing may practise the profession of early childhood education.


The College Council agrees that they see a future in which the College's role is so broadly recognized that:

All members of the profession accept responsibility for practice excellence



The Mission is clear from the ​Early Childhood Educators Act, 2007 which is unequivocal about the purpose of the College and the functions it must perform:

The College of Early Childhood Educators regulates the profession of early childhood education
in the public interest​​​



Council believes in the following values to guide its work:

  • Diversity, Inclusiveness and Accessibility

  • Fairness

  • Forward Thinking

  • Governance and Administrative Excellence

  • Respect

  • Transparency and Accountability


Strategic Priorities for 2016-2018

Priority One

Achieve excellence in the implementation of the College’s authorities to regulate the profession in the public interest.

​Priority Two​

Review and update the Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice and develop related documents in the context of the new Continuous Professional Learning program. 

Priority Three

Develop and implement an information technology strategy to support the College’s regulatory mandate.  

Priority Four

Develop member services that build on a deep knowledge of the membership’s diversity. 

Priority Five

​Build and enhance the profile of the College as a professional regulatory body and relationships with government and policy makers.