The early childhood years from birth to the start of kindergarten are an important time of rapid learning and growth in your child’s life. Early Childhood Screening, provided by your local school district, is a free and simple check of how your child is growing, developing, and learning.
Your child is eligible for screening upon turning three, and it is recommended that your child be screened between the ages of three and four. You will need to provide your child’s Early Childhood Screening Summary Form in order for your child to start kindergarten in any Minnesota public school.
Early childhood developmental screening helps a school district 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. Declining to answer questions or provide information does not prevent your child from being enrolled in kindergarten or first grade if all other screening components are met. A child need not submit to the district screening program if the child's health records indicate to the school that the child has received comparable developmental screening performed within the preceding 365 days by a public or private health care organization or individual health care provider.