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Appointments being taken for early childhood screening

Posted: August 20, 2012 - 9:49am

Appointments being taken for early childhood screening

PEQUOT LAKES — Fall early childhood screening in Pequot Lakes will be held Sept. 7 and may begins when a child turns 3.

The screening is used by early childhood teachers to check how children are developing in their thinking, learning and talking skills, as well as how their large and small muscles are growing. The goal of screening is to identify problems early so that children can get the help they need to be successful in school. Early childhood screening is free.

To make a screening appointment contact the program at (218) 568-9224 or after Sept. 1 call (218) 562- 7520. Children in Minnesota cannot go to kindergarten in public schools unless they have had a health and developmental screening. The developmental screening is based on the current age of the child at the time of the screening.

During the screening, a nurse or an early childhood teacher looks at how a child sees, hears, moves, plays, talks, learns and behaves. She also helps connect parents to early childhood programs and other community services.