Early Childhood Screening

Screenings are done between the ages of 3-5 and support your child's readiness for kindergarten. Schedule your child's screening appointment today.

Early childhood screenings will be held in person at Harley Hopkins Family Center.

If you have received a recent kindergarten postcard from us with Virtual Screening information, we apologize for the confusion. The State of Minnesota has changed the requirements and screenings will be held in person for the 2021-22 school year.

The early childhood years from birth to age 5 are a time of rapid growth and learning. Early childhood screenings are an important way to check on how your child is progressing before starting kindergarten.

Screening appointments are generally available September-May during regular school hours. There are a limited number of later afternoon and Saturday morning appointments. Appointment times will be available to schedule online beginning in mid-August 2021. 

Early Childhood Screeners will be visiting elementary schools in September to complete the Minneapolis Preschool Screening Instrument with school year 2021-22 kindergarteners who have not yet been screened. An email and notice will be sent to families if your school nurse has not yet received Early Childhood Screening documentation before that time, and a follow-up summary will be provided after it is completed.

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About Early Childhood Screening Appointments

What to Expect at a Screening Appointment

Early childhood screening is a free and simple check of how your child is growing, developing, and learning. Screening at 3 is preferred, but a child may be screened between the ages of 3 and the start of kindergarten as required by the state of Minnesota. This screening may help connect you to other free learning opportunities, such as prekindergarten programming, Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE), Minnesota early learning scholarships for high quality care and education, Head Start, Home Visiting, and Early Childhood Special Education.

At a screening appointment a trained professional will check:
  • Vision and hearing
  • Immunizations (shots)
  • Large and small muscles
  • Thinking, language and communication skills
  • Social and emotional development
What to bring to a screening appointment:
  • Any questions you have about your child’s growth and development.
  • Your child’s immunization record (shots).
  • Your child’s primary health care provider (doctor) name and number.
  • Reviewed and completed screening forms