Screening for 3-5 Year Olds
The early childhood years from birth to the start of kindergarten are an important time of rapid learning and growth. Early Childhood Screening is a quick and simple check of how children are doing between the ages of three to four years. It identifies, at an early stage, possible learning or health concerns so that children can get needed help before starting school. Screening in early childhood supports children's readiness for kindergarten and promotes positive child health and developmental outcomes. Early Childhood Screening is not a kindergarten entrance test.
Early Childhood Screening is required for entrance in Minnesota's public schools or within 30 days of enrollment into kindergarten. Early Childhood Screening is offered in the spring and fall. All three and four year old children must be screened at least once. Early Childhood Screening or a comparable comprehensive screening is required for public school kindergarten entrance.
The screening process:
- Provides an opportunity for young children and their families to access a wide variety of services and early childhood programs; and
- Promotes and supports parents understanding of their child's health, development, and learning.
- Vision, hearing, developmental screening (cognitive, fine and gross motor, language and social emotional development),immunizations, physical growth, risk factors that influence learning, referral for health care coverage, summary interview with parent. (Minnesota Statutes § 121A. 17)