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:
Call 763-745-5290 if you have questions or need assistance.
Sarah Schilling, LSN
Early Childhood Screening Coordinator
- What is the purpose of the screening?
- Do all children need to be screened?
- At what age should a child be screened?
- What happens during the screening? How long does it take?
- When and where do the screenings take place?
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.
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.
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.