Early Childhood Screening

  • The early childhood years from birth to the start of kindergarten are an important time of rapid learning and growth.
    Screening is a quick, no-cost check to identify possible health or developmental concerns in infants and young children who may need a health assessment, mental health assessment or educational evaluation. Screening in early childhood supports children's learning and promotes health and development. Screening may link families to free early learning opportunities and resources, such as Head Start, Early Childhood Family Education, prekindergarten programs, Early Childhood Special Education, Early Learning Scholarships, home visiting programs, or other resources.

    The Early Childhood Screening program includes vision and hearing, height and weight, immunization review, review of health care coverage, risk factors which may impact learning, large and small muscles, thinking, language and speaking skills as well as parent report of social emotional development, and a parent summary meeting. Early Childhood Screening (ECS) by a school district or evidence of a comparable screening by a non-school provider is required for entrance in Minnesota’s public schools. Appointments last approximately an hour.

    Non-school providers who can provide comparable screenings include Head Start, Child and Teen Checkups/Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnostic and Treatment (EPSDT) or your health care provider. Screening must take place between age 3 and kindergarten, or within the first 30 days of kindergarten or first grade. Screening between the ages of 3 and 4 provides the best opportunity for any health or developmental concerns to be found early.

    The screening is also required within the first 90 days of attendance (if not done previously) for the following early learning programs: School Readiness, school readiness plusvoluntary prekindergarten and early learning scholarships. Early Childhood Screening is offered throughout the year by local school districts. 

    If a parent is a conscientious objector or does not want the screening for their child, they may give the district a signed statement and the child does not need to complete the screening (Minnesota Statutes, Section 121A.17, Subdivision 3(e). View Minnesota Statutes, section 121A.16-19 and Minnesota Rules, part 3530.3000-4310 for more information.
    • Chisago Lakes School District Early Childhood Screenings take place at the Wildcat Community Center
    • Please bring a copy of the child's birth certificate and immunization form to the appointment

To Schedule Appointment

  • Register online through Eleyo. Click here to register. 

    If you do not receive an automatic confirmation email with your appointment date and time you have not completed the registration process for an Early Childhood Screening appointment.


Upcoming Dates

    • October 18
    • November 22
    • January 19
    • February 2
    • February 3
    • March 16
    • April 11
    • April 20
    • May 31
    • June 1
    • June 2
    • June 6 (only for students going into Kindergarten the fall of 2023)