Core Competencies

Core competencies are knowledge and skills that can be measured to assess effectiveness of a professional.  They can be used to develop professional development plans.  The afterschool field has identified nine core competencies for afterschool programs and professionals.  These competencies are:

  • Activities, Curriculum and Environment
  • Youth Development and Engagement
  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • Families, Communities and Schools
  • Health, Safety and Nutrition
  • Highly Skilled Personnel
  • Program Management