Core Knowledge and Competency Frameworks (CKCs)

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: 

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

CKCs Resources

Reflection tools

Use them to explore the CKCs and create professional development goals. 

Last updated March 24, 2023