Early Childhood Screening
Early Childhood Screening is a FREE developmental screening required for all preschool-age children by the State of Minnesota prior to entry in kindergarten and some early childhood programs. The optimum age to screen is 3 ½ but children can be screened between ages 3 and 5. Screening benefits both children and their families.
Early Childhood Screening needs to be completed within the first 30 days of school for all kindergarten students entering public education, or families need to provide proof of screening elsewhere. Examples include another school district or non-school providers who can provide documentation of your comparable screenings including Head Start, Child and Teen Checkups/Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnostic and Treatment (EPSDT), or your health care provider.
Parents can choose to conscientiously object to screening for their child. If you object, please provide a signed statement indicating your conscientious objection screening (Minnesota Statutes, Section 121A.17, Subdivision 3(e). View Minnesota Statutes, section 121A.16-19 and Minnesota Rules, part 3530.3000-4310 for more information.
Does your child still need to be screened? If so, please contact our screening department and we will be able to assist you with guidance or support.
3 Reasons to Screen at Age 3
- Early screening can help set your child up for success in school.
- Any health or learning concerns can be identified early so intervention can be provided before the start of kindergarten.
- Because screening is FREE and provides a snapshot of your child's health and development