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Ontario & Lillio Academy

Can I use Lillio Academy for PD hours in Ontario?

Yes! Lillio Academy certificates are accepted by the College of Early Childhood Educators to help Registered ECEs fulfill the requirements of the Continuous Professional Learning Program.

Sign up for Lillio Academy to complete your professional development hours at your convenience! You can work at your own pace from wherever you want. Once you complete a course, you can download your certificate! 

Ontario Child Care Training Requirements:  

In Ontario, the College of Early Childhood Educators (CECE) registers early childhood educators. There is one level – Registered Early Childhood Educator or Éducatrice de la petite enfance inscrit(e). Registered members of the college are legally entitled to practice the profession of early childhood education. They are required to use the title Registered Early Childhood Educator (RECE) in connection with their practice. Ontario is currently the only jurisdiction where an individual can be both registered to work as an ECE and receive professional certification through the Association of Early Childhood Educators of Ontario (AECEO), a voluntary professional organization that administers its own voluntary certification process. In Ontario, one staff per group of children and the center supervisor are required to be Registered Early Childhood Educators. Other staff with an ECE qualification must be registered in order to use the designation of an early childhood educator.

In Ontario, registration must be renewed annually. Currently, there are no minimum requirements for ongoing professional development. RECEs must complete their cycle of professional development based on their registration with the College of Early Childhood Educators. Members are required to start the CPL Portfolio Cycle after their first renewal date and complete it over a period of two years. A new CPL Portfolio Cycle begins every two years thereafter. Members may choose to work with colleagues and seek input or support in completing the CPL Program components, however, all CPL Program records must be the member’s own work, not a copy or reproduction of another person’s words or ideas.

All members must keep their CPL program records for at least four (4) years. These records consist of the following: 

  • Expectations for Practice Module Certificate of Completion 

  • Self-Assessment Tool(s) 

  • Professional Learning Plan(s) 

  • Record(s) of Professional Learning 

  • Documentation/evidence of participation in learning activities

Click here to learn more about the courses Lillio Academy offers that cover a range of training topics! 

Opening a facility or beginning work in the childcare field:

If you are interested in opening a child care program or working in the child care field, please contact your state licensing agency for the specific requirements, rules, and regulations of your state. The Ontario licensing website can be found here.

Last Updated: May 2024

Though Lillio attempts to maintain accurate and up-to-date information, educators are individually responsible for understanding the submission and approval process of all professional development and licensing work in their state.

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