Core Competencies for Child and Youth Development Professionals


What child and youth development professionals need to know and do to provide quality services for children and youth ages 5 – 18 years old and their families.

The development of this document was supported by School’s Out Washington, with leadership and coordination by Jackie Jainga Hyllseth and Emily A. Emerson. The statewide core competency committee, School’s Out Washington, in partnership with the Next Generation Youth Work Coalition undertook an extensive review of existing core competency documents. This document takes its starting framework from the Kansas and Missouri Competencies for Youth Development Professionals. Thank you for sharing your work.