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Early Childhood Screening

Early Childhood Screening

About Early Childhood Screening

As your child takes that step from toddler to preschooler, it’s the right time to take part in a FREE screening of their development. Early Childhood Screening is a simple check of how your child is growing, developing and learning. State law requires children to be screened between the ages of 3 to 5 years old.  Screening at age 3 1/2 is best so that any health or development concerns can be addressed right away.

Any child who will go to school in the state of Minnesota must have an Early Childhood Screening record before entering kindergarten. Early Childhood Screening is not a kindergarten readiness assessment and should not be put off until right before kindergarten. However, if your child is five years old, not eligible for kindergarten, and not yet been through preschool screening, call to arrange an appointment.

Families living within the school district should receive a postcard about screening when their child turns 3. If you've not received the notice, please call us at 651-982-8300.

Required Paperwork

  1. Registration for Early Childhood Screening

  2. Child Health and Developmental History

  3. Copy of your child's birth certificate

  4. Immunization Records (you can do this by doing one of the following):

    • Request this from your doctor

    • Print from your MyChart account if you have one

    • Print and fill out Immunization Form or bring in an immunization summary from your doctor.

How to schedule an appointment

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If an interpreter is needed, please call 651-982-8300.

What to expect during screening:

Your child will complete developmental activities with a trained professional to see if they’re meeting important milestones specific to their age. They will check:

If any issues are identified, we’ll work with you to get the support you need. Appointments typically take an hour.

  • Vision and hearing
  • Height and weight
  • Immunizations
  • Large and small muscles
  • Thinking, language and communication skills
  • Social and emotional development