What is early childhood screening?It is a FREE health and developmental screening for children and is best done between the age of 3 1/2 and 4 years. The screening includes checking a child’s height, weight, hearing, vision, speech, language, motor and cognitive development. A nurse will discuss the results of each child’s screening with the family and provide resources and referrals as needed. Why do early childhood screening?Early childhood screening before entrance into public school kindergarten is required by Minnesota State law. Screening is also required for enrollment in preschool classes at Forest Lake Area schools. Screening is NOT an examination to determine readiness for school. Rather, the purpose is to screen for potential problems that may interfere with a child’s ability to be successful in school. Early screening and intervention promote early success. How do I find out when my child should be screened?Screening is best done between age 3 1/2 and 4 years. You will receive a letter from the school district indicating that you should schedule an appointment for screening. If you do not hear from us shortly before your child turns four years old, please contact Early Childhood Programs at 651-982-8301. Where should I have my child screened? All screenings are held at the Central Learning Center in the Early Childhood Programs area of the building. It is a child friendly setting and the screening process is age-appropriate and fun for children. Screening is provided free of charge. Please allow 1 1/2 - 2 hours for screening time.Information to note:A copy of current immunizations and a copy of the birth certificate will be needed.If you need to cancel your appointment, please call 651-982-8301.If you need to schedule a "re-screen" for vision or hearing, please call, 651-982-8301.For screening appointments, please allow 1 1/2 -2 hours.