Supporting Child Development

Supporting young children’s learning and development is at the heart of OEC’s mission. An important part of this work is helping the providers who care for and educate young children.

The resources in this section will help early care and education providers develop a deeper understanding of the principles of child development. We also have practical tools and frameworks that providers can use in their work.  

Connecticut Early Learning and Development Standards (CT ELDS)

The CT ELDS lay out what young children ages 0 to 5 should know and be able to do. Our pages have information about the CT ELDS and resources to help you use them in your program. Learn about CT ELDS.

Connecticut’s Documentation & Observation for Teaching System (CT DOTS)

CT DOTS is a framework that helps providers understand children’s progress on the skills, abilities, and behaviors in the CT ELDS and plan ways to support them. Learn about CT DOTS.

Last updated April 29, 2021