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Early Childhood Screening

Early Childhood Screening is required in Minnesota for entrance into a public school. Ideally, children participate in screening between the ages of 3½ and 4 . Don’t wait – earlier is better!

What is an Early Childhood Screening?

An ECS checks to make sure your child’s health and development is on track so they’ll be as ready as possible for Kindergarten. Parents attend with their child and have an opportunity to watch and listen. 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 screening includes a vision screening that helps detect potential eye problems but is not a substitute for a comprehensive eye exam.

What happens during an ECS appointment?

A trained professional will check:

  • Vision & hearing
  • Height & weight
  • Health and immunization checks
  • Large & small muscles
  • Thinking, language & communication skills
  • Social & emotional development

Appointments last 1 hour.

How do I schedule an appointment?

Appointments times are flexible. Call 763-479-1530, ext. 214 to set up an appointment.

Where do we go for ECS?

Appointments are held at the Discovery Center located just east of the Maple Plain water tower.

Discovery Center
5050 Independence Street
Maple Plain, 55359

What will help the screening go more smoothly?

A parent questionnaire will be mailed out to you when your child’s appointment has been scheduled. Fill it out before the appointment. A current immunization record will be needed at the screening. It may be easiest to ask your pediatrician’s office to fax a copy ahead of time to the attention of Orono ECS: 763-479-3633.

Please arrive on time with your completed parent questionnaire and immunization record (if it has not been previously faxed to us). Make child care arrangements for siblings so this can be a special time for you and your preschooler. If you have never been to the Discover Center, we invite you to visit. 

What if my child is ill?

Please call as soon as possible. ECS Staff are scheduled based on the appointments made. It’s important for us to minimize the program costs that result from missed appointments and rescheduling.

Additional questions?

Call 763-479-1530, ext. 214. Please leave a message if we’re unable to answer the phone and we’ll return your call. Thank you!