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Minnesota state law requires that all children be screened before entering public kindergarten. Early childhood screening examines young children's hearing, vision, immunizations, coordination, speech, cognitive development, and social and emotional skills. The screening identifies factors that may interfere with a child's learning, and connects families with specific resources or therapy to address any challenges. Screening at age 3 or 4 provides the best opportunity to identify and treat potential concerns before children begin kindergarten, helping them to begin their formal schooling with a stronger foundation.