Early Childhood Screening
The purpose of Early Childhood Screening is to promote healthy development, to identify children who may need further evaluation and to connect families to resources in the community.
Beginning 11/30/2020 there will be no in-person Early Childhood Screening appointments available. During this time, we encourage you to participate in our distance screening option which satisfies the state requirements for Early Childhood Screening. See below for more information.
If you do not wish to participate in the distance screening option, please contact the screening office at email@example.com and you will be contacted once in-person screening resumes.
What is Early Childhood Screening?
Early Childhood Screening is a free and simple check of how your child is developing and growing and consists of the following components:
- Cognitive development
- Large and small muscle development
- Language and communication skills
- Social and emotional development
- Vision and hearing
- Height and weight
- Healthy history
- Immunization review
Screening in early childhood supports children’s readiness for kindergarten and promotes health and development. Screening may link families to early learning opportunities and resources such as Early Childhood Family Education, Early Childhood Special Education, School Readiness or home visiting programs. Screening is not a substitute for health care from your family physician or other providers.
Who is required to be screened?
Minnesota state law requires participation in screening before a child starts kindergarten, or must take place within 30 days of when a child starts kindergarten. Children who attend Head Start or Early Childhood Special Education may not need to participate; please call the screening office for more information. Screening is not required for your child's entry into kindergarten if you are a conscientious objector to screening. You will need to provide a written statement to your child's school district that documents your conscientious objector status.
When should I have my child screened?
Early Childhood Screening is available to children when they turn three years old. Although your child may be screened at any time before kindergarten, it is best to do so between three and four years of age so that any health or developmental concerns can be addressed sooner.
Do I need to make an appointment?
Yes. Screenings are done by appointment only. To make an appointment, click Register Today.
What happens during an Early Childhood Screening appointment?
While the district utilizes a distance model for screening, you will first be asked to complete and submit an online registration form and questionnaire. You will then be invited to schedule a 30 minute phone appointment with our screening staff. During the phone appointments, you will discuss the online forms and questionnaires, your child’s health/immunization history and any questions or concerns you may have about your child’s development. If there are any areas where your child could use more support, the screening staff will help connect your family with resources in the community.
What if I do not speak English?
Please request an interpreter at the time of registration.
The Handke Center
1170 Main St., Elk River