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National Afterschool Association (NAA) Core Knowledge, Skills, and Competencies for Out-of-School Time Professionals

The 2011 NAA national Core Knowledge and Competencies (CKCs) have been revised in 2021 with an eye toward equity and culturally responsive practices. The retitled Core Knowledge, Skills, and Competencies (CKSCs) reflect updated research and best practices in promoting equity, inclusion, access, and antiracism in youth work. There are 10 content areas, which each have a rationale, as well as skills and competencies that are grouped into three categories: identify, apply, and amplify. The 2019 companion self-assessment tools and guide on practices that support effective social-emotional learning can be found at

Related Topics: 
Supportive Learning Environment
Systems Building
Professional Development
Core competencies
Quality Improvement
Program Design and Management
Culturally Responsive Practice & Inclusion
National Afterschool Association (NAA)
National Afterschool Association (NAA)
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45 pages
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