The Office of Early Childhood’s Core Knowledge and Competencies (CKCs) are expectations for Connecticut’s child care workforce. They focus on:
- Content — what every professional should know
- Skills — what every professional should be able to do
The frameworks provide the foundation for all state efforts to improve the lives of young children and their families.
OEC collaborated with several agencies to develop 2 frameworks for different audiences:
- For professionals working directly with children — like teachers and administrators
Core Knowledge and Competency (CKCs) Framework for Professionals Working with Young Children and Their Families
- For professionals who provide technical assistance — like trainers, coaches, consultants, and mentors
Core Knowledge and Competency Framework for Technical Assistance Providers that Support Adults Who Work with Young Children and Families
How do professionals use the frameworks?
- Inform practice
- Guide professional development design to keep current with practice across disciplines and roles
- Inform policy about workforce development
- Provide common language in contracting and planning for professional development
- Provide OEC and other agencies with language about shared workforce goals to collaborate with higher education institutions and professional development designers Help to organize data and records on training in the OEC Early Childhood Professional Registry
- Build upon evidence-based models
Use them to explore the CKCs and create professional development goals.
- Online reflection tool for teachers and administrators
- Online reflection tool for technical assistance providers
- 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.