Early Childhood Screening is a process that supports children being ready for kindergarten. The program helps find children with possible health or developmental concerns that may impact learning.The process includes a check of vision and hearing, child development and a review of the child's health. The program helps families access services for their children that will help them to be ready for kindergarten.
Click here for the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) Early Childhood Screening Parent Video.
Early Childhood Screening offers two programs: 3-5 Early Childhood Screening for all children prior to kindergarten entrance and Birth-2 Central Intake for families who are concerned about how their child is developing.
Minneapolis Public Schools recommends that children be screened at age 3.
Three reasons to screen at age 3*:
When your child turns 3 years old:
Early childhood screening helps:
Early Childhood Screening Appointments: Call 612.668.3715.
*State law requires all children to be screened before entering kindergarten.
Birth-2 Early Intervention Central Intake:
Birth-2 Early Intervention Central Intake is the first contact with Minneapolis Public Schools when there are concerns about how a child is developing from birth through age 2. If you have concerns about how your child is developing and think your child may need extra help please contact us and we will connect you to special services that support children ages birth through age 2.
Birth-2 Early Intervention Central Intake Contact Information:
Phone: 612.668.3715 or email Birthfirstname.lastname@example.org
Minnesota Department of Education Help Me Grow and Early Learning Scholarships Program
Minnesota Department of Education offers programs to support families. Help Me Grow is an early intervention system that provides families with information and resources to support child development. Early Learning Scholarships are available for families to increase access to high-quality early childhood programs for three- to five-year-old children with the highest needs. Priority for scholarships will be given based on family income, child poverty and geographic region.
Early Childhood Screening
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