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

Screening Instruments

Screening programs in Minnesota have varying requirements of methods by which the developmental and social–emotional components of screening are met. The list below designates between parent report, observational, and social/emotional instruments.

The observational instruments listed are approved by the Minnesota Department of Education for Minnesota’s Early Childhood Screening program. The requirements for this program are outlined in Minnesota Rule 3530.3400 subpart 3.

This list is approved as of August, 2014 and will be updated in response to statutory, rule, or regulatory changes that impact Minnesota’s comprehensive screening programs. Additionally, the list will be updated as new or revised developmental screening instruments are reviewed.

Social/Emotional Screening
The instruments listed under both the Parent Report and Observational headings do not meet the social-emotional component of developmental screening required in some screening programs. To accurately identify potential problems in children, use of a social–emotional screening instrument, regardless of program rule or requirement, is recommended as a best–practice strategy.

Parent Report Instruments

Detailed comparison table of Parent Report Instruments

Note: These two parent report instruments are no longer recommended by the Task Force, based on instrument review criteria: Infant Development Inventory (IDI) and the Child Development Review Parent Questionnaire (CDR-PQ).

For programs currently using the IDI or CDR-PQ, transition to currently recommended instruments is recommended within 18 months (by January 2016).

Observational Instruments

Detailed comparison table of Observational Instruments

Note: These two observational instruments are no longer recommended by the Task Force, based on instrument review criteria: the Early Screening Profiles and the FirstSTEP Preschool Screening Tool.

Early Childhood Screening programs currently using the Early Screening Profiles or FirstSTEP should transition to recommended and approved instruments within 18 months (by January 2016).

Social/Emotional Screening Instruments

Detailed comparison table of Social/Emotional Screening Instruments