Early Childhood Screening


Screening uses different tools to help see how a child is growing and developing. Screening helps show us your child's strengths and what your child is not doing yet. Screening will address any parent or caregiver concerns. Screening helps identify which children could benefit from further evaluation. Screening will NOT provide a recommendation on whether your child is ready for

kindergarten. Kindergarten entrance is based on the district age criteria of 5 years of age on or before September 1 and a parent's decision.

Early childhood screening helps a school identify children who may benefit from additional resources available to help in their development before entering Kindergarten.

Early childhood screening includes a vision screening that helps detect potential eye problems but is NOT a substitute for a comprehensive eye exam.

In Minnesota, all children are
required to complete Early Childhood Screening before they enter public school kindergarten.  Screening should be done once your child is 3 years old.  This is an opportunity for you to review your child’s growth and development and to follow up on any concerns.  It includes a developmental assessment, vision and hearing testing, height and weight measurement, immunization and health history review and a parent interview.  Screening IS NOT an examination to determine readiness for school.  Rather, its purpose is to identify conditions which might interfere with your child’s ability to learn.  Appointment letters will be sent to all families with age eligible children who are on the Rush City School District Census.  Please call Rush City Early Childhood at 320-358-3635 if you are not sure if your child is on the census.