Early Childhood Screening

The early childhood years from birth to the start of kindergarten are an important time of rapid learning and growth. Early Childhood Screening is a quick and simple check of how children are doing between the ages of 3 to 4 years. It identifies, at an early stage, possible learning or health concerns so that children can get needed help before starting school. Early Childhood Screening is not a kindergarten entrance test.

Early Childhood Screening or evidence of a comparable screening by a non-school provider (e.g., Head Start, Child & Teen Checkups/EPSDT or a health care provider) is required for entrance in Minnesota’s public schools or within 30 days of enrollment into kindergarten. Early Childhood Screening is offered throughout the year by local districts.

Click here to find your school district's early childhood screening program.

Training Opportunities

Child and Teen Checkups (C&TC): Hearing and Vision Screening Workshop I - Basic Level Click here


Annual Calibration Process for Audiometers, Tympanometers, and Otoacoustic Emissions (OAE)
Information and registration forms about the annual calibration process for audiometers, tympanometers and OAE instruments are available on the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) website click here. Please note that not all the information is posted at this time, so it is important to visit the MDH website periodically for updates to the calibration information, locations and vendors.
Refer to the 2011 Calibration Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) available at: click here for additional information.