Core Competencies for Family Support Professionals

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The Wisconsin Core Competencies for Family Support Professionals define knowledge, skills and attitudes that guide the professional development and growth of parent educators, family resource providers and supervisors in their work with families.  The Core Competencies are divided into Direct Service Provider Core Competencies and Supervisor and Manager Core Competencies.  

The eight content areas for the Direct Service Provider Core Competencies are:

  • Child and Lifespan Development
  • Dynamics of Family Relationships
  • Guidance and Nurturing - Parenting Skills
  • Health and Safety
  • Diversity and Family Systems
  • Relationships Between Family, School, and Community
  • Family Support and Parent Education - Principles, Research, Methods, and Approaches
  • Professional Practice and Self-Care
The seven content areas for the Supervisor and Manager Core Competencies are:

  • Best Practices in the Field of Family Support
  • Program Planning, Monitoring, and Evaluation
  • Marketing and Outreach
  • Fund Development and Budget Management
  • Personnel and Staff Development and Supervision
  • Community Advocacy and Collaboration
  • Public Policy, Advocacy, and Involvement


Core Competencies for Family Support Professionals