Early Childhood Screening

Rochester Public Schools wants to connect with you before your child enters kindergarten. We will share information on how and when to register, documents required for attending public school, programs and resources to help prepare you and your child, and other essentials. We also offer programming for families with young children, ages birth to up to kindergarten enrollment. To be sure that you are receiving information the District, complete the student online enrollment form.

Early Childhood Screening Packet

Contact Us

Northrop Education Center
201 8th St NW
Rochester, MN 55901

Delia Clark
Early Childhood Screening 
(507) 328-4004 | Email

Boy playing with school bus toy and brother in the background during childhood screening
Teacher working with child on early childhood screening

The State of Minnesota requires that all children check in for a development screening before entering a public kindergarten program. Rochester Public Schools provides a comprehensive early childhood screening for any child three years and age or older at no charge. During an early childhood screening our staff will check your child’s vision, hearing, growth, immunizations status, skills in thinking, communication and language, large and small muscle control, and social and emotional development. 

Frequently asked questions

Is Early Childhood Screening a kindergarten readiness test?

No, the purpose of the screening is to identify children who may have developmental or health needs as early as possible. The screening gives you information about your child and community resources, but it is not a “readiness test” for kindergarten.

Who completes the Early Childhood Screening?

Screenings are completed by Registered Nurses and Early Childhood Professionals. A parent or guardian must attend the screening with the child. An interpreter is provided if needed. 

My child receives special education services from Rochester Public Schools. Do I still need to schedule a screening?

If your child receives special education services from the Rochester Public Schools, speak with your child’s teacher regarding the screening.

How old should my child be when he or she is screened?

The best time to schedule your child’s screening is when he or she turns 3 years old. The tasks your child will be asked to complete are age appropriate.

Is there a charge for the screening?

No, Rochester Public Schools provides Early Childhood Screenings for free.

When will I get the results of the screening?

Staff will discuss the results with you at the end of the screening.

My child has regular check ups with my family physician. Do I still need to schedule an Early Childhood Screening?

Yes. Routine physical exams performed by your family physician are important, but do not meet all the requirements of a comprehensive developmental screening.

I don't drive. Can you help me get my child to the screening?

Yes, transportation assistance is available. For more information, call (507) 328-4004.

What if English is my second language or a parent does not speak English?

If English is a second language or a parent does not speak English, an interpreter will be provided upon request.