What is Early Childhood Screening?
Early Childhood Screening (ECS) is a free developmental screening required for all preschool age children by the State of Minnesota. It includes a developmental screening, hearing, height, weight and immunization review. It also includes a vision screening that helps detect potential eye problems but is not a substitute for a comprehensive eye exam. The screening can detect possible health or learning concerns and provide parents links to school and community resources.
ECS is required for every child entering kindergarten as well as children attending school-based preschool programs. In order for your child to start kindergarten or attend a school-based preschool program in any Minnesota Public School, you will need to provide proof of ECS.
- Children currently on the school census will automatically be scheduled for a screening appointment around their fourth birthday.
- Screenings are by appointment on Tuesdays and a few Mondays during the school year. If you do not receive a letter to schedule an appointment time, or are new to the community and your child needs to be screened, please call the Early Childhood Family Education office at 952-232-3000, ext 3.
- Appointments are for parent and child together, and take approximately 45 minutes to 1 hour.
- Screenings are currently held at Crystal Lake Education Center, 16250 Ipava Ave, Lakeville, MN 55044.
- After the screening is completed, you will receive a copy of the summary sheet and the form will be sent to your child’s elementary school for the following fall school year.
Please visit Early Childhood Screening for more information. To schedule a Early Childhood Screening, please call 952-232-3000, ext. 3.