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Preschool Screening

Screening is a brief, simple procedure used to identify potential health or developmental problems in infants and young children who may need a health assessment, diagnostic assessment or educational evaluation. Screening in early childhood supports children's readiness for kindergarten and promotes health and development. Screening includes vision and hearing, height and weight, immunization review, large and small muscles, thinking, language and communication skills, as well as social and emotional development.

This health and developmental screening meets the State of Minnesota requirement for children 3 to 5 years of age, and is required in order to attend Kindergarten. Screenings for the Park Rapids Area School District is provided through the Community Education office and Early Childhood Family Education. This service is free of charge and takes approximately one hour to complete. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call Michelle at 218-237-6600.

Next Screening Dates: September 27th, 2024 & November 22nd, 2024

Parent screening information video: 

Wondering about your child's development? Pathways offers free resources to help understand, track, and encourage your baby’s milestones for the best possible outcomes.


MN Help Me Grow: Help Me Grow provides resources for families to understand developmental milestones and learn if there are concerns. This helps families take the lead in seeking additional support or referring their child for a comprehensive, confidential screening or evaluation at no cost.

Infant and Toddler Intervention: Infant and Toddler Intervention describes a set of services that supports a child’s learning and growth. It is sometimes called “early intervention” because the services are delivered early in life, before age three. 

Parent Aware: Kindergarten Readiness: Offering free tools and resources to help families find the quality child care and early education programs their children need to succeed in school and life.

Families First: Parent Resources: For over 40 years, Families First of Minnesota (formerly Child Care Resource & Referral) has been a non-profit organization in our community working as a resource for parents, child care programs, and community members in all areas of early childhood.