Early Childhood Screening

Early Childhood Screening is required before a student starts kindergarten in Minnesota. The screening is a quick and simple check of how your child is doing at 3 to 4 years of age. It identifies, at an early stage, possible health or learning concerns, so that children can get help before starting school.  It is not a readiness test for kindergarten.

Early childhood screening helps a parent find out how their child is doing, helps connect families to early childhood programs and other community services, and is a time to ask about parenting issues and/or concerns. If your child has been screened through Head Start, they do not have to be screened again.

Frequently Asked Questions about Screening:

What happens during a screening?

  • During the Early Childhood Screening, well qualified staff, licensed teachers, and school nurses will check your child's: vision, hearing, growth, immunization status, and overall development (skills in thinking, communication and language, large and small muscles, and social/emotional development.)
  • Follow this link for a 20 minute video that provides an over-view of what happens during Early Childhood Screening. Early Childhood Screening Video.

Should I wait until my child is ready to enter kindergarten?

  • No- the earlier the better. Waiting until a child is in school or ready to enter school may be waiting too long. If your child is 3 years old and has not been checked for health and developmental status, call (218) 208-0853 for information on how to get your child screened.

When are the screenings held?

  • Hibbing Early Childhood Screenings are held 6 times during the school year. There is no charge, however appointment times are needed.

Contact Us

Community Education
Hibbing Public Schools
800 East 21st Street
Hibbing, MN   55746

Comments or questions?

Office Phone: (218) 208-0852
Office Fax: (218) 208-0865
Community Education Director: Kirk Lewis
Hibbing Public Schools,
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