Core Knowledge and Competency Frameworks (CKCs)

OEC collaborated with multiple agencies serving children and families in CT to develop 2 frameworks for early childhood professionals. These 2 frameworks are the foundation of all our work supporting families with young children. 

What are core knowledge and competencies?

Core knowledge and competencies refer to the expectations for what the workforce should know (content) and be able to do (skills) in their role working with and/or on behalf of children and their families. 

They provide a foundation for professional development design (including instructional practices) and other quality improvement efforts. (LeMoine, S., NAEYC 2008. Workforce Designs: A Policy Blueprint for State Early Childhood Professional Development Systems.)

How are the frameworks used?

The frameworks provide the foundation for all state efforts to improve the lives of young children and their families. We use them to:

  • Inform practice
  • Guide professional development design to keep current with emerging practice across disciplines and roles
  • Inform policy regarding workforce development
  • Provide a common language in contracting and planning for professional development 
  • Provide the Office of Early Childhood and other agencies with language to collaborate with higher education institutions and professional development designers around shared workforce goals
  • Assist the OEC Early Childhood Professional Registry in organizing data on training offered and individual learning record-keeping
  • Build upon evidence-based models

CKCs Resources

Resources to support the use of the CKCs for reflection on your practice and professional goals can be found here:

Online reflection tool for teachers and administrators to explore the CKCs for Professionals and develop professional development goals

Online reflection tool for technical assistance providers (trainers, coaches, consultants, and mentors) to explore the CKCs for technical assistance providers and develop professional development goals

Building Core Knowledge and Competencies Through Reflection is a website developed by the RESC Alliance with funding by the Office of Early Childhood. Check out the resources for early childhood staff and leaders, including information about reflective supervision.

Last updated June 27, 2022