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Understanding the What, Who, When & Where:
Questions about
Early Childhood Screening

What. . .

Minnesota State Law requires that all preschoolers be screened before entering public and some private kindergartens. This service is free of charge.

Early Childhood Screening is an early look at a child's development. The ideal age for screening is 3-1/2 years old. This allows health and development concerns to be addressed one to two years before a child enters kindergarten. Nurses/teachers will ask your child to perform a variety of tasks to look at his/her ability to:

  • talk (communication),
  • think (cognitive),
  • use their fingers (fine motor), and
  • use their arms and legs (gross motor).

Early childhood developmental screening helps a school district identify children who may benefit from district and community resources available to help in their development. Early childhood developmental screening includes a vision screening that helps detect potential eye problems but is not a substitute for a comprehensive eye exam.

In addition, his/her hearing, height, and weight will be looked at during this time. The results of this screening will be discussed with Parent(s)/Guardian(s) that same day.

Do you have questions about your Child's Development?

Minnesota ParentsKnow has a site that gives Developmental Milestones for ages newborn, 1 month, 2 months, 4 months, 6 months, 9 months, 12 months, 18 months, 2 years, 3 years, 4 years, and 5 years old. Just click on the age to see the information.

If you have concerns about your child’s development and he/she is not scheduled for screening, please e-mail or call our office at 651-487-4378 to schedule an appointment. You may also contact Help Me Grow at 651-604-3700 or check out their website at

Visit the Family Support Committee (FSC) of Ramsey County website for more information about services offered by Early Childhood Information and Referral of Ramsey County:

Who. . .

The ideal age for screening is between 3-4 years of age. Screening can be done as early as 3 years of age. The tool used to screen children has a separate score for 3 year olds, 4 year olds and 5 year olds. It does not help to wait until a child is 5 years of age to be screened because his/her score will not be higher. Screening earlier allows health and developmental concerns to be addressed one to two years before a child enters kindergarten.

When. . .

If your child’s name is on the Roseville Area School’s census, you will be notified that he/she is ready to be screened.

If you are not on the census, you will need to set up an appointment by calling 651-487-4378. (See note below for placing your child on the census before calling to make your appointment.)

NOTE: If you do not receive notification that your child is at the age to be screened, (three years old and older) you may not be on the School District census. You may be placed on the School District census by calling 651-628-6449.

The following Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday Early Childhood Screenings will be at Parkview Center School.

Drive to the lower parking lot (right side of building) and enter through the Early Childhood Center entrance (door #19).

Mondays (At Parkview):

July 21

Tuesdays (At Parkview):

August 5

Thursday (At Parkview):

August 14

Where. . .

Most screenings will take place at:
Parkview Center School
701 W County Rd B
Roseville, MN 55113

Some screenings (as noted above) will take place at:
Fairview Community Center
1910 County Road B West
Roseville, MN 55113

Click here for map and directions to the Community Center.

Click here for map and directions to Parkview Center School.


Click below for all the forms to complete and bring to the screening appointment

Immunizations can be faxed from your child’s clinic to: ECS, 651-635-1659. Parents - complete only the grid on the attached page. No need for physician signature.

For most children, a screening takes about 1 to 1 ½ hours. This is a special time for you and your child. If possible, please make the necessary arrangements for your other children.

Parents are requested to bring all the forms sent to them when arriving for their child¹s screening.