Developmental and social-emotional screening of young children (0-5 years of age) in Minnesota

Developmental and social-emotional screening of young children (0-5 years of age) in Minnesota

This is the website of the Minnesota Interagency Developmental Screening Task Force. This site provides information for screening professionals about the importance of screening, recommendations on instruments to use, and resources to make appropriate referrals in order to improve outcomes for children from birth through 5 years of age in Minnesota.

The Task Force is a partnership that provides psychometric review of developmental and social-emotional screening instruments for recommendation or approval for use in Minnesota's public screening programs. The Task Force has representation from the Minnesota Departments of Human Services (DHS), Education (MDE), and Health (MDH), for statewide coordination of screening efforts. Refer to Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for more information about the work of the Task Force.

For information on mental health screening for 6-21 year-olds, refer to the C&TC section of Children's mental health screening and click on the links for a list and more detailed comparison table of recommended mental health screening instruments.

Public screening programs (such as Child and Teen Checkups, Head Start, local public health programs, school districts and others) should refer to Recommended Instruments (PDF) to determine which screening tools meet criteria for use in their programs.

For information on maternal depression screening, refer to the Maternal Depression section on the DHS Screening webpage and to the MDH Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders webpage.