Professional Resource

Cross-Sector Core Competencies for the Prenatal to Age Five Field

Download Files Sep 26, 2017

Download crosswalks with sector-specific competencies and other related criteria.


The ZERO TO THREE Cross-Sector Core Competencies for the Prenatal to Age Five Field was developed to promote a more integrated and collaborative approach to the services provided to the prenatal to age 5 (p-5) population. The Cross-Sector Core Competencies aims to shift the focus of the professionals working with p-5 population in the early care and education, early identification and intervention, child welfare/social services, mental health, and physical health sectors by:

  • identifying the knowledge, skills, and attitudes needed for the professionals working with the p-5 population;
  • providing a foundation for a consensus of key practice components necessary to work collaboratively with and among p-5 professionals; and
  • promoting responsive, comprehensive, and family-centered service delivery to expectant parents, young children, and their families.

The eight Cross-Sector Core Competency domains enhance and do not replace professionals’ existing sector or discipline-specific competencies. They encourage cross-sector coordination and collaboration on behalf of the p-5 population. This document provides a summary of the relationship between the Cross-Sector Core Competencies for the Prenatal to Age Five Field and sector specific competencies.

Visit www.zerotothree.org/p5competencies or contact Senior Director of Programs, Christina Nigrelli, to learn more about the Prenatal to Age Five Workforce Development Project.