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.
Offering virtual early childhood screenings for 2020-21
Now you can complete your screening online with virtual appointments.
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.
The end of the 2020-21 school year is approaching and our appointment availability for the current year is limited. We will continue to add times as we can — please check back if you do not see an appointment time. Our last screening day for the 2020-21 school year will be May 28, 2021. We will have limited availability in June targeted for 2021-22 school year kindergarteners. Screenings will resume the week of August 30, 2021.
Our screening appointments are generally available September-May, during school hours (9 a.m-1:30 p.m). There are a limited number of late afternoon and Saturday morning appointments. Please be aware that appointment times fill very quickly. You can expect to find appointment times 4 to 6 weeks (or more) from today. Schedule now to secure your child's appointment.
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.
- (Virtual Screening) Reviewed and completed screening forms.