The Florida Core Competencies for Early Care and Education Practitioners is a set of knowledge and skill standards that define what early care and education practitioners that work directly with children should know and be able to do in order to facilitate child growth and development and partner effectively with families.
The core competencies include expectations across a continuum of training, education, and experience, ranging from the entry-level practitioner to practitioners with degrees, certifications, and extensive experience. The identification of a core body of knowledge, defining the content areas and knowledge expectations for those working in the profession, is a crucial and foundational component to the development and implementation of a professional development system in Florida.
The framework for the development of the core competencies has included a review of purpose and importance of competencies, an assessment of research and best-practice evidence in compiling the competencies, and a consideration of various pathways, both formal and informal, to attaining the knowledge and skills outlined in the competencies. Deliberations and work also addressed core content subject areas and levels of expertise.
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