Core Knowledge and Competency Frameworks

OEC has 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
Last updated April 15, 2021