KSMO Core Competencies
Core Competencies for Early Care and Education Professionals in Kansas and Missouri.
The Core Competencies for Early Care and Education Professionals in Kansas and Missouri detail what professionals who work with young children and families need to know and are able to do to provide quality early care and education.
The below link is to a a 24‐page PDF booklet and is the latest edition of the Core Competencies for Early Care and Education Professionals in Kansas and Missouri. Many professionals from across the two states worked together to write the Core Competencies. Inside, you will find an introduction that provides background information about what Core Competencies are and why they are important. Following the introduction are the competencies themselves. They are divided into eight content areas, colored coded in this document for easy use. Each of the eight areas contains five levels that range from the skills and knowledge an entry level professional needs to know, to the more advanced skills and knowledge possessed by someone with an advanced degree.
The Core Competencies are divided into eight (8) content areas:
1. Child and Youth Growth and Development: Includes understanding how children acquire language and creative expression and develop physically, cognitively and socially.
2. Learning Environment and Curriculum: Covers establishing an environment that provides learning experiences that meet each child's needs, capabilities and interests.
3. Observation and Assessment: Teaches how to observe and assess what children know and can do in order to provide curriculum that meets their developmental and learning needs.
4. Families and Communities: Help professionals work collaboratively with families and agencies/organizations to meet children's needs and to encourage the community's involvement with early learning.
5. Health and Safety: Covers how to establish and maintain an environment that ensures children's healthy development, safety and encourages healthy nutrition.
6. Interactions with Children and Youth: Includes establishing supportive relationships with children and guide them as individuals and as a part of a group.
7. Program Planning and Development: Covers establishing, implementing and evaluating an early learning program.
8. Professional Development and Leadership: Helps professionals to serve children and families in a professional manner and participate in the community as a representative of early childhood care and education.