Durham  Designated  Early  Childhood Educator  Local

                  Local within the Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario

Welcome to the ETFO Durham DECE Local, 

a local with in the Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario (ETFO).


In the Summer of 2010, ETFO began to organize Early Childhood Educators from across the province.


In the Fall of 2010, the first of five phases of the Full Day Kindergarten program rolled out in our Ontario Schools.  This included the hiring of 45 Early Childhood Educators across 16 schools within the Durham District School Board.  This was a great opportunity to bring the expertise of the both an Early Childhood Educator and Teacher together working collaboratively the Full Day Kindergarten Program.


Our first meeting with our ETFO liaison was held on December 8, 2010, where our first Local Executive was voted in.  The Executive has since developed our local from the ground up including: approving our local Constitution, forming Committees. developing the day to day operations of the local and representing the members. 


After bargaining through provincial takeover, our first Collective Agreement was reached in late 2013.


Today we currently represent over 300 Designated Early Childhood Educators (DECE) working in the Full Day Kindergarten Program (FDK) within the Durham District School Board.