In 2009, the Washington Legislature asked DEL to develop core competencies for early learning professionals. At the same time, School’s Out Washington developed companion core competencies for school-age professionals.
The core competencies:
- Define what professionals need to know and be able to do to provide quality education and care.
- Serve as the foundation for decisions and practices carried out by professionals in all settings and programs.
- Establish a set of standards for care and education the support professionalism in the field and will help to align all state-required trainings tracked in MERIT.
- Are a resource tool that can be used by many people for many purposes:
- Providers, practitioners and teachers: To assess knowledge and identify areas for future professional development.
- Program directors/administrators: To define training and education requirements for job descriptions, help employees with goal setting and establish a salary scale based on educational achievement.
- Trainers/training organizations: To plan and organize training opportunities.
- Higher education entities: To coordinate and design courses and organize the framework for credentials, certificates and degrees.
View the Core Competencies for Early Care and Education Professionals:
View the Core Competencies for Child and Youth Development Professionals:
The core competencies include standards around eight areas with five levels professionals can achieve.
- Child Growth and Development
- Learning Environment and Curriculum
- Child Observation and Assessment
- Families and Communities
- Health, Safety and Nutrition
- Interactions with Children
- Program Planning and Development
- Professional Development and Leadership
The school-age core competencies include similar areas, as well as two additional ones: Cultural Competency and Responsiveness and Youth Empowerment. To learn more about the school-age competencies, visit School’s Out Washington.