Developmental and Social–Emotional Screening of Young Children (0–6 years of age) in Minnesota
Minnesota Department of Human Services Minnesota Department of Education Minnesota Department of Health

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This chart can be used to assist in determining the most appropriate instrument for your screening needs. The recommended instruments are listed on the left, and are separated into “Developmental” and “Social–Emotional” categories. Please refer to the comparison grids for further information or click on each instrument for profiles.

Developmental and Social Emotional Screening Instruments for Young Children in Minnesota

Developmental Screening Instruments
Name of Instrument
Observational Instrument
Parent Report Instrument
Infants (Under 1 year)
Toddlers (1 to 3 years)
Preschool (3 to 5 years)
Available in multiple languages
Approved for Early Childhood Screening [1]
State Recommended for Head Start
Approved for Follow Along [2]
Recommended for C&TC [3]
Ages & Stages Questionnaires, 3rd Ed. (ASQ–3) No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Battelle Developmental Inventory 2nd Edition (BDI–2) Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes
Bayley Scales of Infant and Toddler Development, 3rd Ed. (Bayley–III) Screening Test No No Yes Yes
1 to 42 months
No No Yes Yes No Yes
Brigance Early Childhood Screens Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes
Developmental Indicators for Assessment of Learning – 4th Ed. (DIAL–4) Yes No No Yes
2 years 6 months through 5 years
Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes
Early Screening Inventory, Revised (ESI–R) Yes No No No Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes
Minneapolis Preschool Screening Instrument, Revised (MPSI–R) Yes No No No Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes
Parents’ Evaluation of Developmental Status (PEDS) No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes

Social–Emotional Screening Instruments
Name of Instrument
Observational Instrument
Parent Report Instrument
Infants (Under 1 year)
Toddlers (1 to 3 years)
Preschool (3 to 5 years)
Available in multiple languages
Approved for Early Childhood Screening [1]
State Recommended for Head Start
Approved for Follow Along [2]
Recommended for C&TC [3]
Ages & Stages Questionnaires: Social–Emotional (ASQ:SE) No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Brief Infant Toddler Social Emotional Assessment (BITSEA) No Yes No Yes No Yes No Yes No Yes
Pediatric Symptom Checklist (PSC) No Yes No No Yes
4 to 18 years
Yes Yes Yes No Yes

[1] The Minnesota Early Childhood Screening program is targeted for ages 3–4 years and is required prior to public school entrance.

[2] The Follow Along Program is a developmental screening program targeted at Minnesota children ages birth to 36 months.

[3] Child and Teen Checkups (C&TC) is the Minnesota Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnosis and Treatment (EPSDT) Program
http://www.dhs.state.mn.us/ctcprovider or http://www.health.state.mn.us/divs/fh/mch/ctc/index.html