Austin Public School District
Early Childhood Screening
A quick check to see how a child is growing and developing.
Early Childhood Screening is for children between the ages of three and the start of kindergarten. However, it is best to screen between the ages of three and four. The screening is used to see if there are any health or learning concerns that may need a referral for further evaluation by a doctor or a speech, developmental or physical therapist. A parent perspective, on how the child is developing, is always taken into account when discussing referral information.
If you or your child does not speak English, ask the district where you live to provide an interpreter.
Parents will complete a social and emotional development questionnaire about their child.
Screening is required before or within 30 days of entering Minnesota's public school district or kindergarten. It is also required before or within the first 90 days of entering public school district prekindergarten programs.
Parents may submit a comparable screening from Head Start or a clinic. Parents may also opt out, decline, refuse or conscientiously object by submitting a statement in writing to the district screening program with their child's name, parent signature and date. View a short (five minute video) early childhood screening parent video in English, Hmong, Somali or Spanish.
About This Location
Screening may link families to free early learning opportunities and resources such as Head Start, Early Childhood Family Education, prekindergarten programs, Early Learning Scholarships, Early Childhood Special Education or home visiting programs.
During the screening trained professionals will check your child's:
- Height and weight
- Immunizations (shots) status
- Large and small muscles
- Thinking, language and communication skills
- Social and emotional development
- Free / no cost to everyone
All Minnesota children between ages three and the start of kindergarten. (If there are developmental concerns for a child between the ages of birth to three years, the local school district may screen through the Early Childhood Special Education department.)
Contact your local school district.
Services are free.
401 3rd Ave NW, Austin, MN, 55912
Austin Public School District
- Primary Contact for this program: 507-460-1700
- Main - District Office: 507-460-1900
Other Services at this Location
- Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE) Classes and support for parents of young children about ways to help their pre-school children learn
- Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) - Birth to Two Services and support for eligible infants and toddlers with developmental concerns and disabilities and their families.
- Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) - Three to Five Services and support for eligible young children aged 3 up to Kindergarten entrance with developmental concerns or disabilities.
- Kindergarten Kindergarten supports children's cognitive, language, physical, social and emotional development
- Public School Early Childhood Education and Care Programs Public school districts offer a variety of early childhood education programs and services for families and young children aged birth to kindergarten entrance.
- School-based Preschool- School Readiness, School Readiness Plus, Voluntary Prekindergarten Public preschool programs help preschool age children prepare to enter kindergarten.