Early Childhood Developmental Screening
Early Childhood Developmental Screening is a check of a child’s development, vision and hearing, growth, health history and immunizations. Screening is recommended when a child is three to four years old and must be completed before starting kindergarten in a Minnesota public school. Your child should be screened prior to kindergarten enrollment which begins in January. Each screening is free, takes approximately one to one and 1/2 hours, and a parent or legal guardian stays with the child during the screening process. Screening is conducted at the Edina Community Center.
Early childhood developmental screening helps a school district identify children who may benefit from district and community resources available to help in their development. Early childhood developmental screening includes a vision screening that helps detect potential eye problems but is not a substitute for a comprehensive eye exam.
At the conclusion of the screening, the parent/legal guardian will be given a summary of the screening results and have the opportunity to discuss concerns they may have about their child’s development or circumstances that could affect their child’s learning. Information regarding early childhood programs and other resources will be available. The screening summary will become a part of the child’s school record.
The State of Minnesota recommends an interpreter be used for the parents or child if English is not the primary language spoken at home. Using the home language during screening can provide a better picture of a child’s development. Interpreter services are provided at no cost to the family.
A parent or legal guardian should accompany your child to the screening. If you must send a relative or childcare provider in your place, please note this on your Appointment Request Form as special arrangements will need to be made to obtain your permission and signature on required documents.
A parent may choose to have their child not participate in this screening. They must provide Early Childhood Screening with a signed, dated statement that they are a conscientious objector to the Early Childhood Screening and do not want their child to participate in the screening. This statement will become a part of the child’s school record.
If you live in the Edina Public Schools district, it is extremely important that all family members be registered in the Edina Public School census to ensure receipt of notices regarding important school milestones like screening and kindergarten registration. If you or any of your family members are not in the district census, register for the district census.
Help Me Grow
If a child is not yet three and there are concerns regarding their development, please call Edina Public Schools, Early Childhood Special Education at 952-848-4232. Learn about Help Me Grow, MN.
Schedule an Appointment
Screening appointments are done by appointment only. Screenings take place on:
- Thursdays from 1:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
- Fridays from 8:00 a.m. to 2:30
- Saturdays from 8:00 a.m. to Noon
Appointments are scheduled every 30 minutes on the half hour. Please call to schedule an appointment: 952-848-4299.
Please print and bring these completed Early Childhood Screening Forms with you to your appointment.