About Early Childhood Screening


  • 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 Central Learning Center, located at 200 SW 4th Street, Forest Lake, MN. 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.

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