Celebrating our Early Childhood Educators!

Today is Child Care Worker & Early Childhood Educator (ECE) Appreciation Day. We’re inviting the entire Ottawa Catholic School Board community to join us in giving our ECEs a shout-out online! Make some noise on social media by recognizing Early Learning & Child Care Heroes!

Essential and valued members of our Kindergarten teams

Early Childhood Educators are trained classroom educators who specialize in early childhood development. In a Kindergarten classroom, you would see an ECE observing, documenting and analyzing student thinking and learning. They also plan and implement developmentally appropriate programming that will inspire and challenge our littlest learners. They bring expertise that complements the Ontario Certified Teacher by focusing on each child’s cognitive, physical, social, emotional and creative development.

Meet our Lead Early Childhood Educator!

Stephanie McIntyre holds the honour of being the Ottawa Catholic School Board’s first Lead Early Childhood Educator. It’s a brand new position created to ensure the valuable perspective of the ECE is included at the board level. Stephanie collaborates with a team of educators at the board office to support kindergarten teams throughout the OCSB, offering her unique ECE lens. “I love how dynamic this position is. Every day is different, and I am learning so much. It’s an amazing opportunity for professional growth,” said Stephanie. “I also love that I have the opportunity to advocate for Early Childhood Educators and bring their perspective to the board.”

Thank an #ocsbECE

Do you know an outstanding ECE like Stephanie who deserves some love on social media? Give thanks to an OCSB Early Childhood Educator or Child Care worker on social media, and remember to use the hashtag #ocsbECE and tag @OttCatholicSB so we can see your post!

Mark your calendars to recognize other OCSB employee groups

While today we tip our hats to Early Childhood Educators, here are some other dates to mark in your calendars to acknowledge other important employee groups:

National Custodial Workers’ Recognition DayOctober 2
World Teachers’ DayOctober 5 
Clergy Appreciation Month

Clergy Appreciation Day 
Month of October

October 10
Canadian Library Workers DayOctober 15
Child Care Worker and Early Childhood Educator Appreciation DayOctober 21
International Volunteer DayDecember 5 
International Day of EducationJanuary 24 
Psychology MonthFebruary 
Canadian School Counselling WeekFebruary 7-11
National Social Work Month

Social Work Week
Month of March 

March 6-12
School Crossing Guard Appreciation DayMarch 23
Administrative Professional DayApril 27 
National Principals’ DayMay 1
World Education Support Personnel DayMay 16
School Bus Driver Appreciation DayJune 12

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