WHAT IS EARLY CHILDHOOD SCREENING?
Early Childhood Screening is a careful check of your child's health, well-being and development. The results of the screening will help to identify needs that may require special attention before your child enters school. It is also an opportunity to gain information on available resources for your child.
The program does not make recommendations as to whether or not your child is ready for kindergarten.
WHO IS REQUIRED TO BE SCREENED?
All children living in District 876/881, who are between 3 1/2 and 4 years old, NEED to participate in the FREE screening program before entering kindergarten or have an equivalent screening from a doctor.
WHEN SHOULD THE SCREENING BE DONE?
The best time to have your child screened is when he/she is between 3 1/2 and 4 years. This provides time to work on any concerns that may be identified.
WHO DOES THE SCREENING?
The screening is conducted by licensed early childhood teachers, a trained vision and hearing screener, and is reviewed by the school nurse.
NOTE: Children who attend the Head Start or Early Childhood Special Education programs may not need to be screened. Call 274-3058 for more information.
WHAT DOES THE SCREENING INCLUDE?
- Vision and Hearing Check
- Height and Weight
- Immunization Review
- Developmental and Speech Progress
- Family Information Review
HOW DO I MAKE AN APPOINTMENT?
Call the Community Education Center 274-3058 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.Monday - Friday
Screening is done by appointment only. Allow 1 - 1 1/2 hours for the screening. A letter and Family Information Sheet will be sent to you after you make your appointment.
WHERE ARE THE SCREENINGS HELD?
Annandale Community Education Center
50 Chestnut Street East
Annandale, MN 55302
Maple Lake Elementary
200 State Hwy 55 East
Maple Lake, MN 55358
WHEN ARE THE SCREENINGS HELD?
Screenings are done on scheduled Fridays throughout the year.
WHAT DOES IT COST?
There is no cost for your child to be screened by District 876/881 staff.
ADDITIONAL DISTRICT 876/881 OPPORTUNITIES FOR CHILDREN AGES BIRTH THROUGH AGE 5
- Early Childhood Family Education
Parents and children become partners in learning through group discussions, parent/child activities, and age-appropriate early childhood programming for young children. Call 274-3058 or 963-7468 for information.
- Kindergarten Connection Preschool/Wee Irish Preschool
An integrated preschool program for children who will be attending kindergarten the following year. Children are exposed to a variety of experiences to improve self-image, socialization skills, language and cognitive skills, and small and large motor development.
Parents are encouraged to become actively involved in their child's learning. Call 274-3058 or 963-7468 for information.
If you have a new family member or you are new to the district, please call 274-3058. Families on the census will receive information on community events, family activities, Early Childhood screening, and kindergarten registration.