Early Childhood Screening

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MDE Early Childhood Screening

Early Childhood Screening

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Welcome to Early Childhood Screening, it is a Minnesota State Law that all preschoolers be screened once prior to entering public and some private kindergartens. This screening meets requirements for School Readiness and Kindergarten.

***Please note you must live within South Washington County School District 833 boundary lines to be screened at this location***

School District 833 begins inviting children to screening at age three. One mailing will be sent in September of each year to all children who are three as of September 1, but you can sign up online anytime. If you have concerns and your child is younger than three, please call 651-425-6175.

Licensed, professionally qualified school district staff with backgrounds in child development conduct the screenings.

Early Childhood Screening is a comprehensive "peek" in the window of your child's development. Specialists observe your child perform a variety of tasks to screen communication, cognitive, fine and gross motor development. Using parent reports and/or checklists, medical, developmental history, behavior and social development are screened. Screening also includes checks on hearing, vision, height and weight. Reviewing and integrating all of the above areas creates a momentary picture of the "real" child on any given day.

Early childhood developmental screening help District 833 identify children who may benefit from district and community resources available to help in their development. Early childhood developmental screening includes a vision screening that helps detect potential eye problems but is not a substitute for a comprehensive eye exam. Results are interpreted according to your child's chronological age. Just a reminder - there is no pass or fail.

This screening provides encouragement to parents as they handle the important task of raising today's preschooler. It allows families to access a wide variety of resources based on child and family needs such as:

  • School Readiness Programs
  • Early Childhood Family Education
  • Early Childhood Special Education
  • Public Health
  • Mental Health Services
  • Community Social Services
  • Other Community Agencies