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 of Ontario.

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 Kindergarten Program within the Durham District School Board.


ETFO Human Rights Statement

The Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario is committed to:

  • providing an environment for members that is free from harassment and discrimination at all provincial or local Federation sponsored activities;
  • fostering the goodwill and trust necessary to protect the rights of all individuals within the organization;
  • neither tolerating nor condoning behaviour that undermines the dignity or self-esteem of individuals or the integrity of relationships; and
  • promoting mutual respect, understanding and co-operation as the basis of interaction among all members.

Harassment and discrimination on the basis of a prohibited ground are violations of the Ontario Human Rights Code and are illegal. The Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario will not tolerate any form of harassment or discrimination, as defined by the Ontario Human Rights Code, at provincial or local Federation sponsored activities.