About Our Local

Climbing stairs

We all climb together.

Welcome to the ETFO Waterloo Region DECE Local.

We represent the over 500 permanent and occasional Designated Early Childhood Educators working in Full Day Kindergarten with the Waterloo Region District School Board.

We have been represented by the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario since December 2010.

For the start of the 2010-2011 school year the province of Ontario implemented Phase 1 of 5 of the Full Day Early Learning Kindergarten Program (FDELKP) where Registered Early Childhood Educators (RECEs) would be partnered with a teacher in the kindergarten classroom to deliver the new Full Day Kindergarten curriculum. Today this curriculum document is still a draft document that the kindergarten teams are working from. The Waterloo Region District School Board hired approximately forty RECEs in the first year of implementation.

In the fall 2010, many unions were trying to get the RECEs to join with them, voting commenced and in December of 2010, the WRDECEs joined with ETFO!! We held our first New Member Meeting on January 19, 2011 and our first executive was formed on February 9, 2011 at our very first Annual General Meeting.  This Executive developed our local constitution with the help of ETFO Provincial, where the membership voted and approved this constitution on March 21, 2011. Then the Collective Bargaining Committee and table team was selected. Bargaining, on behalf of the permanent and occasional DECEs, for our first Collective Agreement began in June of 2011. With negotiations happening over the next year and a half, we arrived at our very first Collective Agreement on August 30, 2012. A great relief that we were able to secure it before the August 31, 2012 deadline of Bill 115. This first CA was a great victory for our local and retroactive to September 1, 2010.

The WRDSB was the first school board to implement and offer the Extended Day Program within their schools in 2010, offering before and after school programming for JKs, SKs, Grade 1 and Grade 2 students. Winter Break and March Break were incorporated starting Winter Break 2011.