EARLY CHILDHOOD SCREENING
Twin Cities Education Consultants (TCEC) work collaboratively with schools and districts to support the implementation of the early childhood screening assessment process. Our team can assist with helping schools become authorized to perform early childhood screenings. Additionally, TCEC can work with individual school teams to provide the screening for Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten students.
The Minnesota Department of Education states, “The early childhood years from birth to the start of kindergarten are an important time of rapid learning and growth.” It is vital to screen children in their early years, as it may catch potential physical or academic difficulties. If this early childhood screening assessment is taken between three and four years of age, it allows time to provide additional support to those students, if needed, before entering elementary school.
Early Childhood Screening is a quick and simple check of how each child is growing and developing. The early childhood screening assessment examines the following:
Vision and hearing
Height/weight and immunization records
Large and small muscle skills
Cognitive thinking skills
Language and communication skills
Social and emotional development
After the screening is complete, information about a child’s development is gathered and shared with families and educators. If further assessment is needed, TCEC has a team of educators that can help facilitate the next steps in collaboration with individual schools.