We invite the community at large to come together each year on the third Friday in May to celebrate the valuable work an Early Childhood Educator (ECE) dedicates to their profession by celebrating in ECE day.
This year, ECE day may look a bit different than other years due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but there are many ways to show appreciation while maintaining social distancing guidelines! Here are the different ways to show gratitude to the Early Childhood Educators in your community:
- Take nominations to recognize an outstanding early childhood educator, give recognition to the individual at a local (virtual) celebration.
- Organize a drive-by parade for the educators in your community
- Put an ad in the local paper featuring an early learning and care program in your community and to give your gratitude for the difference they make!
Program Directors, Family Dayhome Administration, and Board of Directors
- Provide a flower to each early childhood educator.
- Provide a certificate of recognition for the valuable work of an early childhood educator.
- Dedicate an online bulletin board to the amazing work of an ELCC educator showing off the co-learning occurring on a daily basis. Post comments from parents and pictures from children.
- Have local businesses provide gifts and donations for gift bags for early childhood educators.
- Provide an opportunity for a staff appreciation day by inviting a motivational speaker, and self care activities to present virtually
- Feature the special work educators do in monthly newsletters.
- Send an official letter from the board thanking early childhood educators for the work that they do.
- Create a learning story showcasing the special interactions between the children and their educators.
- Advocate by writing a letter to the ministry, local MLA’s, and other government officials on behalf of early childhood educators on current matters in the workforce of early learning and child care.
- Make a donation to a woman’s shelter, sponsor a child, or a local family in need on behalf of early childhood educators.
- Share words of encouragement with educators via email or social media
- Cost share in a professional membership to the Association of Early Childhood Educators of Alberta (AECEA), a provincial voice for early childhood educators.