INTRODUCTION TO THE CT DOTS FAMILY PAGES
What are the CT DOTS Family Pages?
CT DOTS will show how your child’s learning and development builds over time. This tool helps
early childhood teachers, other professionals, and families work together to ﬁgure out what
children know and are able to do. This information helps your child’s teacher plan how to
support the next steps in learning and development. The CT DOTS Family Pages are one
way that teachers can gather information about your child’s learning and development.
Children learn and develop at diﬀerent rates and may have stronger skills in some areas so it is
not expected that your child will show all of the skills included on the CT DOTS Family Pages.
The Family Pages are designed to ﬁt with diﬀerent developmental stages. But you may ﬁnd that
the skills you are being asked about don’t completely ﬁt with what you see your child doing.
That’s okay, but you might want to check with your child’s teacher if you ﬁnd this happens with
a lot of the questions.
Many families have questions about how their child is developing. Partnering with your child’s
teacher or your doctor may be a ﬁrst step. In addition, the Child Development Infoline can
provide information and connect families with screening tools, such as the Ages and Stages
Questionnaires (ASQ). The ASQ is used to quickly check for children’s strengths and ﬁnd
areas where more information might be needed. Visit the Child Development Infoline at
http://cdi.211ct.org or call 1-800-505-7000 to learn more about resources and
services for young children in CT.
How can I use the CT DOTS Family Pages?
Each CT DOTS Family Pages has two sections. The top section has quick questions for you
to answer about what you see your child doing at home or in the community. Please complete
and return this top section to your child’s teacher. It’s okay if you aren’t sure about some
questions. Any information you can share is helpful and you can keep watching for new
skills to share later!