Supporting young children’s learning and development is at the heart of OEC’s mission. OEC has many resources to help providers plan a strong early childhood program and partner with families to support children’s learning. These resources include:
- The Connecticut Early Learning and Development Standards (CT ELDS) outline what children birth to five should know and be able to do.
- The Supporting All Children Using the CT ELDS webpage includes guidance documents and videos to help you plan how to support children to develop the skills in the CT ELDS (curriculum).
- The early childhood assessment webpage includes guidance and tools for considering children’s current skills so that you can plan how to support their next steps in learning and development.
When programs use standards, curriculum, and assessment in a coordinated and intentional way, they are best able to partner with families to support young children’s learning and development. This graphic represents a coordinated and aligned use of these key aspects of early care and education. This document provides additional background information about how standards, curriculum, and assessment are used together to build a strong foundation for young children.