Parents and young children
attend childhood screening
Tuesday, November 27, 2012 3:45 AM
Learning, learning, learning - the early years of a child's life is spent learning skills from walking to talking to counting and knowing their numbers. As this is such a big time of growth and learning, it is also an important time to make sure that children are on track for their school years ahead.
Erchoff-Costet enjoyed having a little extra playtime after she completed the early childhood screening.
“She had fun,” said her mom, Julie.
“She thought they (the screenings) were all games!”
An Early Childhood Screening was recently held for 3- and 4-year-old children. There was no charge for the screening.
The children were weighed, had their height measured, and their vision tested. Other areas that are screened include their large and small motor skills, social and emotional development, and thinking, language and communication skills.
"The purpose of this early screening is to check children to make sure they are on the right track for learning in kindergarten and beyond," explained Spring Grove Public School principal, Nancy Gulbranson.
"If necessary, early interventions can be made available for identified concerns because we want children to be as successful as possible."
Twenty students were registered to attend the screening that took place at Calvary Evangelical Free Church, west of Spring Grove.
Upon completion of the screening, the students each received a book bag with a book, toothbrush and toothpaste and vitamin samples. The parents also received information on a child's developmental stages.
The screening is required prior to a child starting kindergarten in any Minnesota public school.
If someone has a child in this age range and was not contacted regarding the screening, they can contact Spring Grove Public School at (507) 498-3221.