Early Childhood Screening
Early childhood years from birth to start of kindergarten are an important time of rapid growth. Early Childhood Screening is a quick and simple check of how your child is growing and developing. It is required by the state of Minnesota to be completed before starting kindergarten, and it is a FREE service that usually takes about an hour to complete. During screening, each child receives a free book funded from Eden Prairie Community Foundation.
At your child's screening, a trained professional will check the following:
- Vision AND hearing
- Height and weight
- Immunization review
- Large and small muscles/motor skills
- Thinking, language, and communication skills
- Social and emotional development
Early Childhood Screening FAQ
Should I wait until my child is in kindergarten?
Screening is preferred at age 3, but can be done at 4 or 5. The earlier, the better! Waiting until a child is in school may be too long. If your child will be starting kindergarten in the fall, or if you have a concern about your child’s development, please make an appointment for Early Childhood Screening. Screenings are held at the Eden Prairie Education Center, 8040 Mitchell Road, Eden Prairie, MN 55344.
Does my child need an Early Childhood Screening?
All of the information from your child's Early Childhood Screening is important to his/her future school success. After the screening, you will know how your child is growing, developing, and learning. In order for your child to start kindergarten in any Minnesota public school, you will need to provide your child's Early Childhood Screening Summary Form and Immunization Record.
Is there a charge?
Early Childhood Screening is FREE! During screening, each child also receives a free book funded from Eden Prairie Community Foundation.
How do I schedule an appointment?
You can schedule your screening appointment, or get additional information.
- Online (You will be able to reserve your time beginning October 31.)
- Virtual/Distance Early Childhood Screening is available, if needed, for those children starting kindergarten in the fall.
- Questions? Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 952-975-6940.