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Early Childhood Screening

Children between the ages of 3.3 and 4 years old, who live in District 196, need to participate in an early childhood screening. 


In order to be screened at your child's scheduled time all of the forms below must be completed and submitted prior to your child's appointment.


All of the steps below need to be completed before your child's appointment time, as this information is needed prior to conducting the actual screening. 


The first 3 forms are 100% mobile phone friendly.

  1. Parental Consent - Early Childhood Health and Developmental Screening
  2. Child History Questionnaire
  3. Social-Emotional Questionnaire
  4. Online Pre-Registration (Online Pre-Registration, is best completed on a computer or tablet. If you use your phone please rotate it to LANDSCAPE for an improved experience.)
  5. Schedule your child's screening appointment date and time
  6. Please bring verification of your child’s age, such as a birth certificate or passport with you to your appointment.

If you have questions you can email or call us at 651-423-7899.

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Find our screening office

District 196 Early Childhood Screening - 14301 Diamond Path West

Visit us at our Early Childhood Screening office:
14301 Diamond Path West, Apple Valley, Minnesota 55124



Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What is Early Childhood Screening?
Important information for parents and families (VIDEO)

When should the screening be done?

The State of Minnesota requests that children should ideally be screened between the ages of 3.5 and 4 years old. Early screening will confirm that your child is either progressing normally or experiencing delays that could benefit from early intervention.

What does the screening include?

  • Vision and hearing check
  • Growth evaluation
  • Immunization review
  • Developmental screening using a Minnesota state-approved standardized tool
  • Family health and development review
  • Information and resources for your child

It does not include recommendations on whether your child is ready for kindergarten. Kindergarten entrance is based on the state age criteria of 5 years of age on or before September 1 and a parent’s decision.

Why should my child be screened?

Screening offers a snapshot of your child’s health and development. It may indicate the need for further health or developmental assessment. This allows time for early intervention before the start of kindergarten.

Where does the screening take place?

District 196 screening is offered free to district residents. Screening takes place at our Early Childhood Screening offices, located at:
14301 Diamond Path West, Apple Valley, Minnesota 55124. Minnesota screening requirements may also take place through another school district, a physician’s office, the Head Start program or the Minnesota Department of Public Health.

Who does the screening?

The screening can be done by:

  • A licensed teacher; 
  • Your family physician, if a state-approved developmental tool is used. (Check with your doctor’s office to see if their screening meets the state’s requirements)
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