CT Documentation and Observation for Teaching System (CT DOTS)

The Connecticut Documentation & Observation for Teaching System (CT DOTS) is a framework to guide early care and education providers in a process of monitoring children’s progress on the skills, abilities and behaviors in the Connecticut Early Learning and Development Standards (CT ELDS). Because this tool is based on the CT ELDS, it is aligned to the general education curriculum and covers the range of development from birth through age five. CT DOTS supports early care and education providers to observe children in naturally occurring situations and to plan engaging experiences that allow for more intentional observations. CT DOTS also provides a structure for providers to partner with families in sharing information about individual children.

Used in conjunction with the CT ELDS, CT DOTS is a foundation for

  • gathering data about children’s skills, abilities and behaviors;
  • planning additional supports (e.g., curriculum, instruction, professional development, family activities, adult support);
  • summarizing evidence of children’s progress; and
  • communicating around common goals.

When used in conjunction with standards-based IEPs, CT DOTS can provide progress-monitoring data.

The Connecticut State Department of Education and the CT Office of Early Childhood are currently conducting a crosswalk of the Brigance and CT DOTS so that data collected for the ECO requirement can be easily used as evidence within CT DOTS.

For more information: www.ct.gov/oec/elds