The CORT (Caregiving Observation and Reflection Tool) provides a systematic framework to observe and document interactions and experiences that occur within a classroom. Training & Curriculum Specialists or Program Managers should use this tool to carefully observe for evidence of and document a caregiver’s use of these key practices to assess and document caregivers’ strengths and areas for growth. Refer to the CORT Rating Guide for in depth examples of ratings for each skill or practice.
Staff member is building their understanding and use of the skill.
Staff member understands the practice but is still working to consistently implement it.
Staff member demonstrates a clear understanding of the skill and implements the practice consistently.
Healthy and Safe Environments
Learning environments and materials are clean and free of hazards.
Responsive to Health Needs
Observes and responds to children’s health and hygiene needs.
Demonstrates a clear system of accountability for children’s whereabouts and ratio compliance.
Reacts to conflicts, unexpected occurrences, and stressful situations in ways that minimize negative effects on children, staff, and families.
Communicates with children, families, and coworkers in a collaborative, professional way.
Follows all program policies and procedures. If certain policies and procedures are not observable, demonstrates understanding through conversations and professional learning activities.
Seeks advice from a coach, trainer, or administrator when unsure of how to respond or support a child, family, or coworker or encounters a situation that calls for someone in a leadership role to be involved.
Values Professional Growth
Responsive to professional development opportunities and support provided by a coach, trainer, or administrator.
Provides active supervision by engaging in and expanding on children’s play and learning.
Respectful of Privacy
Speaks about children, families, and staff in a confidential and respectful manner.