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Early childhood screening

In 2016, about 38 percent of kindergartners were screened in Minnesota at age 3. Early childhood screening evaluates young children's hearing, vision, immunizations, coordination, speech, and cognitive development, as well as social and emotional skills. Through the screening process, families are connected with specific resources to help them address potential concerns. Early Childhood Screening is offered throughout the year by local school districts and Head Start, Child and Teen Checkups, and other health care providers. Screening is required by state law within 30 days of enrollment in kindergarten and recommended prior to kindergarten. Screening earlier at age 3 provides an opportunity to intervene for better readiness at school entry.