oec: Connecticut Early Learning and Development Standards (CT ELDS)
Standards, Instruction and Assessment

Connecticut Early Learning and Development Standards (CT ELDS)

The learning progressions within the Early Learning and Development Standards (ELDS) promote:
Equity for all children, through the setting of high, but appropriate, expectations;
High-quality early learning experiences, by providing clear goals and trajectories of learning;
Provision of individual support, based on each child’s growth and development;
Families’ understanding of what their children are learning and how they can support them;
Teachers’ understanding of age-appropriate content and approaches to children’s learning; and,
Communication across sectors, based upon these common goals for children.

The ELDS were developed through the work of the Connecticut Early Childhood Education Cabinet and its Early Learning Standards Workgroup. In addition, over 100 state and national experts participated in some way during the development process, helping to ensure a strong and comprehensive set of Early Learning Standards for Connecticut.



ORDER MATERIALS: You may order CT ELDS and CT DOTS materials by completing this online form.

Copies of the following documents may be requested online and picked up on a monthly basis on the second Friday of the month between 10am and noon. All requests, including the quantity of each document to be picked up and the location, must be submitted no later than noon on the first Friday of the month in order to be eligible for that month's pick-up. There will be limited availability of boxes/or bags at pick up locations so those requesting documents will be expected to bring necessary containers for transporting requested documents.

  • CT Early Learning and Development Standards (CT ELDS)
  • CT ELDS Action Guides
  • The CT Documentation and Observation for Teaching System (CT DOTS) Observation Progression Book
  • CT DOTS User's Manual
  • CT DOTS Flipchart (Note: the flipcharts are packaged with paper band and are hole-punched in the upper left hand corner but do not come with metal rings)
By section:

Supplementary Guidance on the CT ELDS
 Supporting All Children Using the CT  ELDS  

Assessment Information:

Connecticut's Documentation and Observation for Teaching System (CT DOTS) *NEW
                  Two Observation Periods
                  Three Observation Periods
Connecticut Preschool Assessment Framework

Developmental Screening Information
Additional CT ELDS Resources:

Early Childhood SRBI (Scientifically Research Based Interventions)
Birth to Grade Three Alignment

The Early Childhood Evidence Guide provides guidance on how the CCT Rubric for Effective Teaching might look in practice in PreK through grade 2 classrooms. The Evidence Guide is a resource for teachers, service providers, mentors observers and administrators. They are NOT intended to represent comprehensive evidence, nor are they intended to be used as a checklist or rubric. They are grade-level, content–specific examples of observable student and teacher behavior that might be seen or heard during an observation.


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