Wayzata Early Learning School

Early Childhood Screening

Early Childhood Screening is required by the State of Minnesota. We provide it for all 3- to 5-year-olds in our school district. It is a free service.

Screening is a check of how your child is growing and developing. Screening is structured to include fun games that will assess multiple areas of your child’s health and development, including:

  • Vision, hearing and physical growth
  • Health and immunization history
  • Social and emotional development
  • Fine and gross motor ability
  • Cognitive development
  • Speech, language and articulation
  • Schedule an Appointment

    Call 763-745-5290 if you have questions or need assistance.


    Sue Stinson, LSN
    Early Childhood Screening Coordinator

    What is the purpose of the screening?

    Screening supports your child’s readiness for kindergarten and promotes positive developmental outcomes. Screening may also lead to referrals for early learning opportunities. Screening is not a kindergarten entrance test.

    Do all children need to be screened?

    Early Childhood Screening is required for kindergarten entrance in Minnesota public schools. Read the statute.

    At what age should a child be screened?

    Screening is available to children when they turn 3-years-old. It is best to have your child screened between 3 and 4 years of age so that any health or developmental concerns can be addressed sooner. Earlier identification will allow earlier intervention to benefit your child and allows more time to access services, and early learning opportunities.

    What happens during the screening? How long does it take?

    Screening take approximately one hour. Parent(s) will attend screening with their child. Screening will include a review of your child’s immunization status and health history, a check of your child’s height and weight, a vision and hearing screen, and an assessment of their speech, language, fine and gross motor ability, cognitive and social and emotional development. Screening is done based on the age of the child – a 3-year-old is only asked to perform tasks that are appropriate for their age.

    The components and instruments used to screen and assess your child are recommended and approved by the Minnesota Department of Health and the Minnesota Department of Education for use in Early Childhood Screening programs.

    Interpreters are available for new immigrants and English language learners.

    When and where do the screenings take place?

    Screenings are offered by appointment during the school year at the Wayzata Early Learning School (1461 County Road 101 N., Plymouth). Call 763-745-5290 to schedule an appointment.

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