Information for families - Child and Teen Checkups Program

Child and Teen Checkup Information for families

Child and Teen Checkups (C&TC) is Minnesota's name for EPSDT (Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnosis and Treatment), a federal program that provides well-child health care for children enrolled in Medicaid.

C&TC services are important because

  • Regular checkups help keep children healthy
  • Health problems can be found and treated early
  • Children can get tested for anemia and exposure to lead or tuberculosis and other diseases
  • Parents and children can get information about healthy lifestyles
  • Children and teens can get regular checkups at the dentist

Get regular dental checkups

  • Dental visits should begin at the eruption of the first tooth and no later than age 12 months
  • Regular dental visits should continue every six months or more often, if your dentist recommends

Child and Teen Checkups (C&TC) include:

  • Information about good physical and mental health
  • Time to ask questions and get answers about your child's health, behavior, and development
  • Time to discuss thoughts, feelings, and relationships
  • Complete physical exam
  • Immunizations
  • Hearing check
  • Vision check
  • Lab tests
  • Checks on development and growth
  • Floride varnish application
  • Referral to the dentist

Child and Teen Checkups meet the health requirements for Head Start, WIC, school, sports or child care. Be sure to bring any forms you need filled out with you.

Get Child and Teen Checkups at these ages or more often:

  • Between birth and 1 month
  • At 2, 4, 6, 9, 12, 15 and 18 months
  • At 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 years
  • Every two years from 8 through 20 years

Child and Teen Checkups are available from

  • Your doctor or clinic
  • Some local public health departments

Children enrolled in a health plan must get their C&TC services from providers in their health plan. Medicaid pays for C&TC services.

Preparing for your Child and Teen Checkup

  • Write down questions you and your child have about their health, growth, development, behavior, or safety so you'll remember to ask.
  • Be sure to share concerns early in the visit, so you have time to talk with your provider.
  • If you have specific concerns or needs, please let the clinic know when scheduling the appointment so they can allow enough time for the visit.
  • Bring any forms that need to be filled out for school, child care, Head Start, camp, or sports, etc.

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