Early Childhood Screening


March 6th & 7th, 2024 at the Early Learning Center


Early Childhood Screening is a free check of a child’s growth and development provided by Pine Island Public Schools.  Screening in early childhood supports readiness for kindergarten and promotes positive child health and development. If any areas of concern are identified, children can get the help they need before starting school.  Children are required to have a screening before kindergarten entrance, unless a conscientious objection is filed.

The next Early Childhood Screening is being held Wednesday, March 6th & Thursday, March 7th.   This screening is for any unscreened child who:

Is between the ages of three and four.

Is over four and has not yet been screened

Screening at age three is ideal, as it provides the earliest time to offer support and resources to children and families.  The screening tools are adjusted for a child’s age, so waiting for a child to learn more skills before screening is not recommended and provides no benefit.  It can also delay care for any areas that may be of concern.

The screening includes height and weight, vision and hearing, and a developmental screening, which looks at the child’s thinking, language and motor skills.  Parents will also have a health and immunization review with a nurse, followed by an exit interview. Early childhood screening includes a vision screening that helps detect potential eye problems, but is not a substitute for a comprehensive eye exam.

Call the Pine Island Community Education Office at 356-8876 to schedule your appointment. Appointment times range from 7:30 AM until 3:00 PM and take about an hour and a half.  Attending any preschool or ECFE classes or having well child check-ups with your doctor does not eliminate the requirement for screening.  

If you have questions regarding screening eligibility or any other questions pertaining to ECS, please contact Community Education at 356-8876.