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 Program Requirements

Child and Teen Checkups (C&TC)

C&TC is Minnesota’s Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnosis, and Treatment (EPSDT) Program. EPSDT, a federal program, provides for the coverage of comprehensive and periodic health checkup services to all Medicaid enrolled children from birth through 20 years of age.

  • Requirements: Developmental and social–emotional surveillance or screening is a required component of an EPSDT screening. DHS strongly recommends, but does not require, that a recommended/approved instrument be used for developmental screening. Selecting an instrument from the recommended/approved list is considered to be best practice for a developmental screening provider.

Early Childhood Screening
Early Childhood Health and Developmental Screening was created to assist parents and communities improve the educational readiness and health of all young children through the early detection of children’s health, development, and other factors that may interfere with a child’s learning and growth.

  • Requirements: Participation in screening is required for children prior to public school entrance. Minnesota school districts are required to offer Early Childhood Screening to young children before kindergarten entrance, targeting children 3 to 4 years of age. A MDE–approved developmental screening instrument must be used by school districts to receive early childhood screening reimbursement.

Follow Along Program
The Follow Along Program is a developmental and social–emotional screening program targeted at children ages birth to 36 months. Children who are identified are referred for further assessment and services.

  • Requirements: The Ages and Stages Questionnaires, 3rd Ed. (ASQ–3), and the Ages and Stages Questionnaires: Social–Emotional (ASQ:SE) are the only screening instruments allowed for use in this program.

Head Start (Early Learning)
Head Start promotes school readiness by enhancing the social and cognitive development of children through the provision for health, education, nutritional, social, and other services to low–income children and their families.

  • Requirements: Within 90 days of enrollment in the Head Start program, all children are required to have an up–to–date, age appropriate preventive health care checkup. The screening must incorporate the requirements of the schedule used by the state’s EPSDT/C&TC Program. In addition, within 45 days of enrollment, agencies must perform or obtain linguistically and age–appropriate screening procedures to identify concerns regarding a child’s development, sensory (visual and auditory), behavior, motor, language, social, cognitive, perceptual, and emotional skills.