Early Childhood Screening

Hearing Screening

As of 11/23/20, In-Person Early Childhood Screening has been put on hold until further notice , due to Covid-19 and CDC & School District Guidance. 

Our VIRTUAL screening is AVAILABLE. 

This option starts with forms being sent to the parent/guardian to complete and return electronically or by mail. After returning the required paperwork, a screener will schedule a phone or Zoom summary meeting with just the parent/guardian. Vision and hearing are not checked in virtual screening. Request forms here or Email hills@stillwaterschools.org  

What is Early Childhood Screening?

Any child who will go to school in the state of Minnesota must have an Early Childhood Screening record before entering kindergarten. It involves a simple, easy method of finding out how a child between the ages of 3 and 4 is growing and developing. 

What are the goals of Early Childhood Screening?
  • To find out how your child is growing and developing. 
  • To connect parent and child with early childhood programs and other community services that may be needed. 
  • To answer any parenting questions/concerns you may have. 
  • Identify any possible health or learning concerns so that they may be addressed before a child enters school. 

At what age should my child be screened?

The ideal age to have your child screened is between 3 and 4. Early Childhood Screening is not a kindergarten readiness assessment and should not be put off until right before kindergarten. Children usually go through screening one to two years before they enter kindergarten. However, if your child is five years old, not eligible for kindergarten, and not yet been through preschool screening, call to arrange an appointment.

What happens to the information gathered at Early Childhood Screening?

You will be given a full report of the findings when your child finishes the screening appointment. You will receive one copy of the report and one copy will be placed in your child’s cumulative file with the school district.

Why must I make sure my child attends a scheduled Early Childhood Screening appointment?

Early Childhood Screening is a mandated program for all children entering kindergarten in Minnesota. About 650 children are screened each year. Cancelled or missed appointments make it challenging to systematically get all children screened at the appropriate age. It is also difficult to find a make-up time for children who miss an appointment.

How does my child get an Early Childhood Screening appointment?

The district census list of 3 to 4 years olds is used to obtain names and send notices about screening dates. If you are unsure as to whether your child is on the census, you may check with the Enrollment Office at 651.351.8412. 

Screening options are:

1. In person screening option at the Early Childhood Family Center- 1111 Holcombe St S, Stillwater, MN 55082- Appointments typically takes 1 hour. 

Schedule an in-person screening appointment online or call 651-351-4022.

2. Virtual Screening Option

This option starts with forms being sent to the parent/guardian to complete and return electronically or by mail. After returning the required paperwork, a screener will schedule a phone or Zoom summary meeting with just the parent/guardian. Vision and hearing are not checked in virtual screening. Request forms here or Email hills@stillwaterschools.org

Questions? Please call Early Childhood Family Education at 651.351.4022.


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