Connecticut’s Early Learning and Development Standards were developed to help families, communities and schools work together to support children’s early learning and growth. They are statements of what children from birth to age five should know and be able to do across the earliest years of development.
The learning progressions within the Connecticut Early Learning and Development Standards 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 Standards are organized under eight domains: Social and Emotional Development, Physical Health and Development, Language and Literacy, Creative Arts, Mathematics, Science, Cognition and Social Studies. The domains and strands within the Standards reflect common areas of research and evidence-based practices.