Connecticut Early Learning and Development Standards (CT ELDS)

Connecticut’s Early Learning and Development Standards (CT ELDS) outline what children from birth to age 5 should know and be able to do. 

OEC created the standards to help families, communities, and schools work together to support children’s early learning and growth. Download or print the CT ELDS

What do the CT ELDS cover?

The CT ELDS lay out age appropriate skills for children ages 0 to 5. The standards break skills down by age group within these 8 domains of growth and development:

  1. Cognition
  2. Social and emotional development
  3. Physical development and health
  4. Language and literacy
  5. Creative arts
  6. Mathematics
  7. Science
  8. Social studies

Find out more about the 8 domains of development.

How does OEC use the CT ELDS?

OEC uses the standards as the foundation for tools that support the early education of children in CT. These tools include:

  • CT DOTS — an assessment tool that child care professionals can use to monitor children’s learning and make tailored learning plans for their development
  • A video series — provides examples of how early childhood professionals can explicitly teach skills and support development through routines and play
  • Trainings for educators — share techniques and best practices on a variety of topics featured on OEC’s training calendar

The CT ELDS are also aligned with the common core standards for CT public education starting in kindergarten.  

Can the CT ELDS help identify developmental delays? 
No. The CT ELDS is a resource that can help educators and parents plan learning experiences and age-appropriate activities. Get resources to help identify children who may have developmental delays.

How can educators use the CT ELDS?

Child care teachers and directors can use them to:

  • Plan weekly schedule with age appropriate activities activities for classrooms and programs, including curriculum and teaching strategies
  • Prepare for parent conferences to talk about a child’s development
  • Monitor each child’s development and plan teaching strategies for their learning 
  • Support their own professional development by identifying training and coaching they want 

Can families use the CT ELDS?

Yes! These standards can help families understand and support child development. Check out A Guide for Families to get ideas for fun and educational activities.

Some parents also find it helpful to use the standards to talk with their child care provider. For example, the CT ELDS can help parents ask questions about the learning environment or their child’s development.

Last updated April 16, 2020