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Early Childhood Screening

Early Childhood Screening

Early Childhood Screening

Early Childhood Screening is a process that supports children being ready for kindergarten. The program helps find possible health or developmental concerns that may impact a child's 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.  

Watch a video showing what a typical screening looks like (video provided by the Minnesota Department of Education).

Minneapolis Public Schools recommends that children be screened at age 3. (State law also requires all children to be screened before entering kindergarten.)

Three reasons to screen at age 3:

  1. Screening can help your child be ready for school.
  2. Any health or developmental concerns can be found earlier and help provided sooner.
  3. Because screening is free, it's easy and it's good for your child!

When your child turns 3 years old:

  1. Call 612.668.3715 or schedule an appointment online.
  2. Complete the health forms that will be sent to you.
  3. Bring your child to screening appointment, where trained staff will check your child's:
    • Vision and hearing
    • Growth and development
    • Immunizations and family history
  4. Bring your child's birth certificate and immunization records to screening.
  5. Screening is preferred at age 3, but can be done at 4 or 5 years old.

Early childhood screening helps:

  1. You find out how your child is doing.
  2. Connect you with early childhood programs and services.
  3. Answer your parenting questions.

Screening contact information: 612.668.3715 or screen@mpls.k12.mn.us

Fees: Free

MPS First Stop – Early Intervention Resources

MPS First Stop is the first contact with Minneapolis Public Schools when there are concerns about how a child is developing from birth through age five.

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 five years of age.

Contact: 612.668.3717 or firststop@mpls.k12.mn.us

Fees: Free

Minnesota Department of Education Help Me Grow and Early Learning Scholarships Program

Minnesota Department of Education offers programs to support families through Help Me Grow,  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 3- to 5-year-old children with the highest needs. Priority for scholarships will be given based on family income, child poverty and geographic region.

Video on what to expect at an early childhood screening
Watch this video on what to expect at an early childhood screening.