Screening

The years from birth to the start of kindergarten are an important time of rapid learning and growth. Early Childhood Screening is a free, quick and simple check of your child's development.

Screening can help identify, at an early stage, possible health or learning concerns, so that children can get help even before starting kindergarten. Minnesota law requires that your child be screened before enrollment in public school kindergarten. The service is provided at no cost to families and the results of each portion are discussed with the parent or guardian.

Screening takes an early look at a child's development and is conducted by qualified professionals to help identify specific needs a child may have in the areas of: vision and hearing, height and weight, cognitive and social development, fine and gross motor skills, and immunizations and health history.

Screening Details

  • Earlier is better! The best age to have your child screened is at age three and a half. All results are based on your child's exact age on the day of screening.

  • Appointments typically take 45-60 minutes

  • Children enrolled in Head Start will be screened there and records are forwarded to their school district

  • Results of each portion are discussed with the parent or guardian

  • If your child has had an educational evaluation and/or is currently receiving Special Education/Early Intervention services, they do not need to be screened

  • Screening does not determine kindergarten readiness. Click here for more information about early entrance.

Click here to register for early childhood screening

Upcoming Early Childhood Screenings

January Screening Dates

Wednesday, January 23 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m.

Thursday, January 24 8:30 a.m.-noon

February Screening Dates

Friday, February 22 1-3:30 p.m.

Saturday, February 23 8:30 a.m.-noon

March Screening Dates

Friday, March 29 1-3:30 p.m.

Saturday, March 30 8:30 a.m.-noon

May Screening Dates

Monday, May 20 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m.

Tuesday, May 21 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m.

All Early Childhood Screening appointments take place at Early Childhood Program at the District Service Center (1415 81st Ave NE, Spring Lake Park, MN 55432 - enter in door #12).

What is Early Childhood Screening?

Watch this video from the Minnesota Department of Education to learn more about Early Childhood Screening.

Early childhood screening

Click here to register for early childhood screening

Remember to print and complete the 2018-2019 screening registration packet for your child's appointment.

Recuerde imprimir y completar el paquete de registro de la prueba 2018-2019 en español para la cita de su hijo.

If you are unable to bring these forms with you to your appointment, you will need to arrive at least 15 minutes before your appointment to give yourself adequate time to complete the forms. Screening forms in Spanish, Hmong, Vietnamese, Somali or Russian are available upon request by calling 763-600-5000.