What is Early Childhood Screening?
Any child who will go to school in the state of Minnesota must have an Early Childhood Screening record before entering kindergarten. It involves a simple, easy method of finding out how a child between the ages of 3 and 4 is growing and developing.
What are the goals of Early Childhood Screening?
- To find out how your child is growing and developing.
- To connect parent and child with early childhood programs and other community services that may be needed.
- To answer any parenting questions/concerns you may have.
- Identify any possible health or learning concerns so that they may be addressed before a child enters school.
At what age should my child be screened?
The ideal age to have your child screened is between 3 and 4. Early Childhood Screening is not a kindergarten readiness assessment and should not be put off until right before kindergarten. Children usually go through screening one to two years before they enter kindergarten. However, if your child is five years old, not eligible for kindergarten, and not yet been through preschool screening, call to arrange an appointment.
What happens to the information gathered at Early Childhood Screening?
You will be given a full report of the findings when your child finishes the screening appointment. You will receive one copy of the report and one copy will be placed in your child’s cumulative file with the school district.
Why must I make sure my child attends a scheduled Early Childhood Screening appointment?
Early Childhood Screening is a mandated program for all children entering kindergarten in Minnesota. About 650 children are screened each year. Cancelled or missed appointments make it difficult to systematically get all children screened at the appropriate age. It is also difficult to find a make-up time for children who miss an appointment.
How does my child get an Early Childhood Screening appointment?
The district census list of 3 to 4 years olds is used to obtain names and send notices about screening dates. If you are unsure as to whether your child is on the census, you may check with the enrollment office at 651.351.8412. Appointments typically last one hour and are held at the Early Childhood Family Center, 1111 Holcombe Street S., Stillwater. They can be made online or by calling 651.351.4022.
Questions? Call Early Childhood Family Education at 651.351.4022.