Common Core 3.0

Common Core Curricula for Child Welfare Social Workers

Latest Developments

The Common Core underwent a large-scale revision between 2015 and 2017, and Common Core 3.0 was ready for implementation on February 1, 2017.

It is delivered via multiple modalities to support the new social worker in gaining knowledge, practice skills, and transfer of learning.

To learn more about Common Core 3.0, you can visit the Common Core for Social Workers Toolkit, specifically the Getting Started webpage, which includes course descriptions, learning objectives (LOs), and other overview information.

The Common Core is systematically evaluated and revised on an ongoing basis. To provide feedback, please complete the Common Core 3.0 Quarterly Updates form.

For the latest quarterly revisions, please review the Quarterly Review Spreadsheet.

For trainers looking for T4T materials, please visit the Trainer Development for Common Core 3.0 webpage.

Content covers key practice areas:

  1. Foundational
  2. Engagement
  3. Assessment
  4. Case Planning and Service Delivery
  5. Monitoring and Adapting
  6. Transition
  7. Virtual Training Tools
  8. Field Advisor Training
  9. Overview Documents

Here you will find the latest version of the Common Core online, classroom, field-based learning, and knowledge and skills reinforcement labs.

Each practice area in the Common Core Curricula has a set of measurable learning objectives for knowledge, skills, and values essential to the provision of excellent service to families and children who participate in California’s county child welfare programs. February 1, 2017, marks the statewide implementation of Common Core 3.0.

You can read more about the comprehensive revision of the Common Core 3.0 Toolkit page. Contact CalSWEC at for more information.

Archived Common Core 2.0 Curricula

  1. Framework
  2. Child Maltreatment Identification Part 1
  3. Child Maltreatment Identification Part 2
  4. Basic Interviewing
  5. Court Procedures
  6. Family Engagement in Case Planning and Case Management
  7. Child and Youth Development


The California Common Core Curricula is the result of a multi-year statewide collaborative effort to develop standardized curricula for California’s newly hired child welfare supervisors and child welfare social workers. California’s Program Improvement Plan (PIP) mandated the development and implementation of the Common Core as part of the 2003 federal Child and Family Services Review (CFSR).

The California Common Core for Child Welfare Social Workers was initially developed in fiscal year 2004–2005 by the Statewide Training and Education Committee (STEC), marking the first implementation of new social worker training that was standardized for the entire state. The Common Core is systematically evaluated and revised on an ongoing basis by CDOG.

California Statewide Training Curriculum Development Guide 

The California Statewide Training Curriculum Guide provides guidance on the key curriculum components needed to provide standardized training in California.