Early Childhood Screening

Minnesota Department of Education

The early childhood years from birth to the start of kindergarten are an important time of rapid learning and growth.

Screening is a brief, simple procedure used to identify potential health or developmental problems in infants and young children who may need a health assessment, diagnostic assessment or educational evaluation. Screening in early childhood supports children's readiness for kindergarten and promotes positive child health and developmental outcomes.

Early Childhood Screening or evidence of a comparable screening by non-school provider (e.g., Head Start, Child & Teen Checkups/EPSDT or health care provider) is required for entrance in Minnesota’s public schools or within 30 days of enrollment into kindergarten. Early Childhood Screening is offered throughout the year by local districts.

Early Childhood Screening Page on MDE Website
Click here or http://education.state.mn.us/MDE/StuSuc/EarlyLearn/EarlyChildScreen/index.html


Early Childhood Screening Brochure
Click Here

Frequently Asked Questions following March 2016 ECS Training
Click Here

Help Me Grow Screening Bookmark
Click Here

Summary Child Health and Developmental Screening
Click Here

Child Health and Developmental History (3-5 Years)
Click Here

Registration Forms
ECS Registration form - Word
ECS Registration form - PDF


Communicating with Families about Screening and Results
Click Here, March 22, 2016.