Community Education

Early Childhood Screening 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.

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.

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.

I don't drive. Can you help me get my child to the screening?
Yes. Transportation assistance is available.

What if English is my second language or a parent does not speak English?
An interpreter is provided upon request.

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.

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