Early Childhood Screening (ECS)

Early Childhood Screening (ECS) is a program that helps to identify health and developmental needs of young children before they enter Kindergarten.  The screening includes vision, hearing, height, weight, development, speech, social/emotional, and review of health and immunization information.  The screening is required by law for entrance into Kindergarten in Minnesota Public Schools.

Saint Paul Public Schools provides the screening without charge to children ages 3, 4, and 5 years old.  It is important to have children screened at an early age so there is adequate time to obtain help for any identified concerns before the child enters school.  Parents/guardians could use their child's third birthday as a reminder to sign up for this FREE screening.

To schedule an appointment or obtain further information, call the Early Childhood Screening Office at 651-632-3746.

Screening  is offered by appointment at the Student Placement Center, 2102 University Avenue West (University at Cleveland) mornings and afternoons, five days a week.

Please print, complete, and bring the ECS forms with you to your appointment.

The screening may take up to an hour and the parent/guardian may accompany their child throughout the screening.

Parents/guardians may also arrange the screening with their Health Care Provider.   Forms are available. Questions can be answered by the Early Childhood Screening Office at 651-632-3746. 

Children enrolled in Head Start are screened at their class site; parents/guardians should obtain a record of results to turn in at Kindergarten registration.

If you have concerns about the development of your child (birth to 5 years of age) there may be services available for your child and family.  Call Help Me Grow, 1-866-693-4769.