Early Childhood Screening Appointments

Screenings are strongly recommended between 3 and 4 years old and are required before starting kindergarten.

Schedule your screening appointment.

Or call 952-988-5017.

About scheduling your appointment: We look forward to seeing you at your child's appointment! Please note that appointment times fill very quickly. When looking for available appointments, expect to find appointments 4-8 weeks (or more) from the current date.

Most screening appointments are available September-May, during school hours (9:00 a.m.-1:30 p.m.). There are a limited number of late afternoon, Saturday morning, and June appointment times which fill quickly. September appointment times will be available for scheduling by mid-July.

Please bring completed forms to your child's appointment. 
Download the required forms here, complete and bring to your appointment.
If you need forms mailed to you, please call 952-988-5017.

Why does my child need early childhood screening?

The state of Minnesota requires that an Early Childhood Screening be done for every child prior to entering kindergarten. Screening is strongly recommended between 3 and 4 years old, however screenings can be done from age 3-5. Watch the Minnesota Department of Education's video about early childhood screening.

What does screening include?

Screening includes a vision, hearing, and developmental assessment, as well as an opportunity for you to discuss any family circumstances that you feel my affect your child's learning readiness.

What age is best to do the screening?

Screenings are strongly recommended between 3 and 4 years old and are required before starting kindergarten. Early screenings are beneficial because if there are any areas of concern, early identification will allow time for your family to access services prior to entering kindergarten.

Where is the screening done?

The screening takes place at the Harley Hopkins Early Childhood Family Center, 125 South Monroe Ave., Hopkins. This is a free service and takes about an hour to complete.

Call 952-988-5017 to schedule an appointment, or schedule online.

Appointments are available throughout the school year, September through May. Please be aware that appointment times fill very quickly. You can expect to find appointment times 4 to 6 weeks (or more) from today. Schedule now to reserve your space.

How does this differ from a physical exam?

A school nurse will meet with you and your child. Your child's vision and hearing will be assessed and you will be asked questions about your child's social interactions, health concerns, and family dynamics. Your child will also complete tasks that assess cognitive skills, fine and gross motor ability, and speech, language, and articulation.

What if concerns arise at the screening?

Options include re-screening an area, referral to your health care provider and/or the school district, or referral to preschool or ECFE classes. Resources are also available to help you work with your child at home.

Please call us at 952-988-5017 to schedule an appointment for your child. Appointment times fill quickly, schedule your child's appointment today.

For more information, click on one of the brochures in our 'Resources' area above. See below for additional information.

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Schedule Online! Early Childhood Screening

Schedule your Hopkins Early Childhood Screening online today! Screenings are strongly recommended between 3 and 4 years old and are required before starting kindergarten.

Early Childhood Screening Forms (pdf, 660 KB)

Please complete these forms and bring them to your child's appointment.