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Early Childhood Screening

Early Childhood Screening (ECS) is offered by both school districts, and it is free to all children once they have passed their 3rd birthday.  During your child’s brief screening Minnesota Department of Education educators will do a quick and simple check of your child’s development in areas of large motor skills, fine motor skills, cognitive skills and health (vision, hearing, weight).  Early Childhood Screening is required for all children prior to entering kindergarten in a public school, and it promotes positive developmental outcomes.

When is the best time to schedule Early Childhood Screening?

Early Childhood Screening is available to children between the ages of 3 to 5 years old. Although your child may be screened any time before kindergarten, it is best to do so between 3 and 4 years of age.  Most children are on target in the above identified areas of development, but occasionally children may show signs of need in one or more areas. By identifying any areas of concern, early intervention can be provided to support your child in meeting the developmental milestones important for entrance to kindergarten.

What happens during Early Childhood Screening?

Minnesota Department of Education educators including licensed early childhood teachers, speech pathologists, and school nurses will check your child’s vision and hearing, height and weight, immunization status, large and small muscles, thinking, language and communication skills, as well as, social and emotional development.  At the end of screening, you will be given a full report of your child’s learning and growth.

Screening Schedule

November 2021 - Hermantown

December 2021 - Proctor

January 2022 - Hermantown

February 2022 - Proctor

March 2022 - Hermantown

April 2022 - Proctor

May 2022 - Hermantown

June - August 2022 - TBD

How do I register?

All early childhood screening appointments are scheduled online.  ​​​​​

Questions or More Information

Jilli Peterson, Early Childhood Screening Coordinator

jpeterson@isd700.org | 218-729-9563

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