Professional Guidance: WI Core Competencies

What are Core Competencies?
Expectations for what the workforce should know (content) and be able to do (skills) in a respectful & competent manner (attitudes) in their roles working with and/or on behalf of children and their families. The Core Competencies are organized under 12 Content Areas.

Why have Core Competencies?
To create a common thread of Professional Development expectations across the variety of system partners (Higher Education, Child Care, Head Start, 4 & 5 year-old Kindergarten, Special Education, Child Welfare, Home Visiting, Health & Mental Health, Afterschool, Advocacy, and others) for the ultimate benefit of children and families in Wisconsin.

2014 WI Core Competencies for Professionals Working with Young Children and their Families (pdf) REV July 2014

2014 WI Competencias básicas de Wisconsin Para profesionales que trabajan con niños pequeños y sus familias (pdf)

Print copies of WI Core Competencies (English version only at this time) are available at the Child Care Information Center (CCIC) free of charge: email: [email protected]

Ways to Use the WI Core Competencies
The WI Core Competencies have been designed as a framework that complements other professional development systems. Here are some examples of how the WI Core


Updated 12/12/2016