Early Childhood Screening


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About Early Childhood Screening

  • My appointment was canceled due to COVID-19, now what? 

    Due to COVID-19, the Early Childhood Programs were instructed by the MN Department of Education (MDE) to discontinue Early Childhood Screening. We are taking appointments for August and are hopeful that we will be able to continue with these appointments. If it is decided that the school district must enter hybrid learning or distance learning only we will, unfortunately, need to postpone screening appointments until in-person learning resumes or we are provided other guidance from MDE. Your child may still attend kindergarten if they have not yet been screened. We will reschedule all appointments as soon as possible.

    What is Early Childhood Screening? 

    Early Childhood Screening is a free and simple check of how your child is growing, developing and learning. It includes checking a child’s height, weight, hearing, vision, speech, language, motor and cognitive development. A nurse will discuss the results with the family and provide resources and referrals as needed.

     

    Why complete Early Childhood Screening?

    Early Childhood Screening before entrance into public school kindergarten is required by Minnesota State Law. Screening is also required for enrollment in preschool classes through Forest Lake Area Schools. Screening is not an examination to determine readiness for school. The purpose is to screen for potential problems that may interfere with a child’s ability to be successful. Early screening and intervention promote early success. 


    How do I find out when my child should be screened? 

    Screening at three years old is preferred, but a child may be screened between the ages of 3 and the start of kindergarten as required by law. You will receive a letter indicating that you should schedule an appointment. If you do not hear from us before your child turns four years old, call (651) 982-8301.

     

    Where should I have my child screened? 

    Screening is held at the Forest Lakes Area Schools Education Center, located at 943 9th Ave SW, Forest Lake, MN. Please enter door #17. It is a child-friendly setting and the screening process is age appropriate and fun for children.

     

    Low-cost immunizations are available for infants, youth and adults.

    Anoka County - (763) 323-6100
    Chisago County - (651) 213-5700
    Washington County - (651) 430-6655

Screening Dates

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    If an interpreter is needed, please call 651-982-8300.

  • 2020

     

    Aug 24               2:00-7:00 pm - K Students Only

    Aug 25               8:30am-2:30pm

    Aug 26               2:00-7:00pm

    Aug 27               2:00-7:00pm

    Aug 28               8:30am-2:30pm

    Oct 12                2:00-7:00pm

    Oct 13                2:00-7:00pm

    Oct 14                8:30am-12:00pm

    Nov 23               2:00-7:00pm

    Nov 24               2:00-7:00pm

    Dec 14               2:00-7:00pm

    Dec 15               8:30am-12:00pm

    2021

    Feb 15               2:00-7:00pm

    Feb 16               8:30am-12:00pm

    May 24              2:00-7:00pm

    May 25              2:00-7:00pm

    May 26              2:00-7:00pm

    May 27              8:30am-12:00pm

     

    Additional dates and time are held at the WIC clinic located at Hardwood Creek Library.