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 at age 3.

    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 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 screenings take place at Pearson Early Learning Central Center, 917 Dakota St South, Shakopee.

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

    Please sign up online using the Online Scheduler or email Elaine Berens at eberens@shakopee.k12.mn.us (preferred) or call 952.496.5861 for an appointment. Interpreters provided, free of charge, for families with home languages other than English.
     
    AT THIS TIME DUE TO THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC ALL SCREENING APPOINTMENTS ARE ON HOLD.  WE ARE WORKING ON A PLAN TO FIRST ACCOMMODATE THE INCOMING KINDERGARTNERS FOR THE 2020-21 SCHOOL YEAR AND THEN THE COMMUNITY AT LARGE.  IF YOU HAVE AN IMMEDIATE NEED FOR AN APPOINTMENT AND ARE NOT AN INCOMING KINDERGARTEN FAMILY PLEASE CONTACT ELAINE BERENS AT THE EMAIL ABOVE.  THANK YOU!

     

Early Childhood Screening Video