The early childhood years from birth to the start of kindergarten are an important time of rapid learning and growth.
Screening is a brief, simple procedure used to identify potential health or developmental problems in infants and young children who may need a health assessment, diagnostic assessment or educational evaluation. Screening in early childhood supports children's readiness for kindergarten and promotes health and development. Screening includes vision and hearing, height and weight, immunization review, large and small muscles, thinking, language and communication skills as well as social and emotional development.
Early Childhood Screening or evidence of a comparable screening by a non-school provider, such as Head Start, Child and Teen Checkups/Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnostic and Treatment (EPSDT) or your health care provider, is required for entrance in Minnesota’s public schools or within 30 days of enrollment into kindergarten. The screening requirement within the first 90 days of attendance (if not done previously) for the following early learning programs: school readiness
, school readiness plus
, voluntary prekindergarten
and early learning scholarships
. Early Childhood Screening is offered throughout the year by local school districts. Please call your local school district to schedule a screening for your child.