Connecticut has developed the Core Knowledge and Competency Framework for Technical Assistance Providers that Support Adults Who Work with Young Children and Families.
Technical assistance supports the learning and practice needs of professionals in any setting where children and their families engage with one another and with adults other than family members.
The framework describes the required knowledge, skills, and dispositions to provide technical assistance effectively.
Competencies for providers
The framework outlines indicators in 6 competency domains:
- Relationship Based Practice
- Content Knowledge
- Supporting Adult Learners
- Evaluating Outcomes
- Systems, Sectors and Settings
Providers of technical assistance
These providers may be from any of the many government agencies, organizations, and institutions that provide technical assistance to professionals who care for young children and their families.
There are 4 types of providers described in the framework:
- Coaches — Support the learning of someone else, work towards goals, and provide guidance in the learning process.
- Consultants — Provide expert advice on a specific, concentrated area
- Mentors — Guide their mentees and offer wisdom and support
- Trainers — Teach early childhood educators at an institution of higher education or conduct not-for-credit training for the early care and education workforce
To learn more about the distinctions between these roles and their unique sets of competencies, review the full framework for technical assistance providers. Utilize the online reflection tool as a way to explore the CKCs and plan professional development goals.