Early Childhood Screening

  • It is a state mandate that parents who would like to enroll their child in kindergarten must have their child complete the Early Childhood Screening unless parents have provided written documentation that they are conscientious objectors to screening. Families are encouraged to have their child screened between the ages of 3 and 4.

    Screening determines if a child’s development is on track and provides families with information on community and learning resources for children. Trained professionals evaluate a child’s development in language, motor and problem solving skills. Information is gathered about a child’s social and emotional development as well as health history. The child’s vision and hearing are also checked.
    Early Childhood Screenings typically take place on Wednesday afternoons and early evening from 12:15 pm - 6:15 pm and on Thursdays during school hours from 8:30 am -3:30 pm. Appointments last approximately an hour in length. All in-person screenings take place at Pearson Early Learning Center, 917 Dakota St South, Shakopee.  In the event we cannot offer in-person screenings, we will be conducting the screenings virtually, via phone, instead.
    Virtual screening appointments will not be listed online, instead please contact Elaine, contact info listed below, to indicate your interest.  Questionnaires will then be mailed to your home and once all the paperwork is returned, a phone conference will be arranged.  Thank you for your flexibility with this new screening format.

    If a need is shown in one or more areas, referrals to community resources for further evaluation are made. These evaluation screening appointments will be available throughout the year.

    Please sign up online using the Online Scheduler (if still offering in-person) or email Elaine Berens at eberens@shakopee.k12.mn.us (preferred) or call 952.496.5861 for an appointment if fully virtual. Interpreters provided, free of charge, for families with home languages other than English.


Early Childhood Screening Video