Let’s Talk Ontario Changes to the CCEYA [Webinar]

In this session, we chat about the changes to the Child Care and Early Years Act (CCEYA) that came into effect this month. We will be joined by Linda Martin, RECE and Director of Green Apple Kids, and Ryan J. Eickmeier, Chief Executive Officer at Helping Hands Daycare. Linda and Ryan are going to dive into how the changes to the CCEYA will impact their centres as well as their reasons for going digital.

🎤Our Special Guests!

Linda Martin

Linda Martin, RECE

Linda is a graduate of Ryerson University, with BAA ECE, and has been fortunate to have long-term tenures with both large and small-sized organizations, based in community settings. She enjoys engagement within the local neighborhoods and participants in local events and causes. Linda’s role at Green Apple Kids has afforded her the opportunity to work alongside the local police division and community hospital (St. Joseph’s).  Their focus on social engagement and volunteerism is shared enthusiastically with their families and staff.

When Linda is not working in the community, you can probably find her digging in her garden or hanging out with family cheering on our home teams!

🧪Key Learning Outcomes from Linda

  • Educators know, change is ever-present. From the CCEYA to federal funding to county changes, it’s all led to being very resilient. 
  • The toughest part of the changes has been timing, since they are coming during a rough time due to COVID-19. 
  • A key way to help convey the changes is to make sure parents and staff are informed. Provide everyone with the tools, understanding the whys, and having a conversation about all the changes is very important. 
  • There has been a shift in people’s mindset and now we have come to an alignment with being able to think outside the box but still have guidelines to follow.

Ryan Eickmeier

Ryan Eickmeier

Ryan is the Chief Executive Officer of Helping Hands Daycare, where he strategically leads all aspects of the organization. Across 9 centers, Helping Hands provides safe and educational space for over 900 children, from infant to school age. Academically, Ryan has earned a Bachelor of Arts (B.A) in political science from New England College, a Master of Public Policy (M.P.P.) from The American University School of Public Affairs, a Master of Law (LL.M) at York University’s Osgoode Hall Law School, and an Executive Master of Business Administration (E.M.B.A) at the University of Fredericton’s Sandermoen School of Business.

🧪Key Learning Outcomes from Ryan

  • This has been a watershed moment in the childcare industry.
  • We are changing historic processes that we are comfortable with. 
  • The biggest change will be with the reaction from programs and operating for more than 3 hours. It’s a significant change that could present a challenge for licensed childcare providers when it comes to offering school-age programs. 
  • Clear language on being able to use digital recording keeping. This hasn’t been clear in the past because of the interpretation and this statement allows us to move forward with a change and guidance. 
  • Take your time with the change and start piece by piece so you don’t get overwhelmed with onboarding a digital platform.


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Ria Reive

Ria Reive in the Community Ambassador at HiMama. Prior to starting at HiMama, Ria was an Early Childhood Educator and worked 6 years in the classroom. She taught all ages but mainly preschoolers. Ria lives in Toronto with her husband. In her spare time, she enjoys time with her niece and nephew and being on the water.

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