Required Screening

Early Childhood Screening

Most Valuable for 3 Year Olds

Should you wait until your child is in Kindergarten?  NO!

Screening is REQUIRED to start kindergarten in Minnesota, but the best time for your child to be screened is between the ages of 3 and 4.  Early Childhood Screening can detect possible health or learning concerns, so that children can get help before they start kindergarten.  Your child's score is based on age, so doing the screening at around age 3 1/2 does not mean that they will not score as well as if they were older.  It is more beneficial to them at a younger age in order to try to detect possible delays.

What happens during a screening?
During the screening trained staff will check your child’s:

  • Vision and hearing   

  • Height & weight

  • Immunization status

  •  Thinking, communication and language skills

  • Large and small muscles

  • Social/emotional development

Early Childhood Screening is FREE!
Earlier is better!

Screening Dates for the 2023-2024 school year are:

  • September 5 and 6

  • November 17

  • December 15

  • January 19

  • February 23

  • April 26

  • May 22 and 23

When your child turns 3, please call FEC to schedule a screening appointment!  507-835-2222 or email Jen LaCroix