Early Childhood Screening

Minnesota law requires Early Childhood Screening (ECS) before a child can enter kindergarten. ECS is a check of a child's hearing and vision, weight and height, health history, immunizations, speech and language, general development and motor skills. Screenings are held seven times per year at St. Mark Church on North Road in Circle Pines. Screening is free and offered once during a child's preschool years. Please note that screening is NOT a readiness test for kindergarten.

A child can be screened anytime after age 3, but we recommend screening your child before their fourth birthday, especially if you have concerns (ie: hearing, vision, speech, behavior, development). Please don't wait until a child is five to have them screened. Screening identifies children who may have health or developmental concerns and allows for appropriate assistance as early as possible. This assistance helps children get off to a good start when they enter school. Parents gain information about their child's health and overall development at screenings, in addition to available resources that help children grow. 

To schedule an appointment, please send an email to ecscreening@isd12.org or call and leave a message at 763-792-5719. You can also schedule an appointment online by clicking the link below.

District census information is used to identify and call parents for screening appointments. Parents new to the district or parents with a new baby are invited to call 763-792-6178 to make sure they are on the census.

For additional  information, contact Sarah Holmboe at 763-792-6122.

Schedule your free screening appointment online!