Core Competencies for Family Support Professionals

Core Competencies for Family Support Professionals, published in 2018, outlines the types of knowledge, skills and attitudes that support and advance professional development and growth of parent educators, family resource providers and supervisors. The Core Competencies aim to reach two professional levels: Direct Service Providers and Supervisors / Managers.  

Direct S​​ervice Provider Core Competencies Content Areas

  • 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

S​upervisor and Manager Core Competencies Content Areas

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