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Learn more about Early Childhood Screening at 3

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Learn more about whether your three year old is developmentally on track and will eventually be ready for Kindergarten. This is required for entrance in Minnesota's public schools or within 30 days of enrollment. The process is fun for the child. It involves playing games, following directions, a check of vision and hearing, child development and a review of the child's health. It’s available at your local school district and recommended at age 3 but can also be done at 4-5 years old. Watch the video to learn more about Early Childhood Screening at 3.

Public Health Nurse services

Public Health Nurses provide these services in the community and at no charge to families and individuals in Bloomington, Edina and Richfield.

Bloomington Public Health data show significant success at promoting healthy childhood development for children enrolled in the Healthy Families America (HFA) evidence based home visiting program. Public Health Nurses created a video with help from City Communications Specialist, Laurie Schulte, to enter a national video contest creatively showcasing their approach to increasing participation and successful outcomes. Watch this video to hear a Minnesota "fishing tale" about the Bloomington Public Health program's success.

Home visits for prenatal, postpartum and parenting

  • Education and support for expectant mothers, new parents and families.
  • Assistance with health care questions, food concerns, counseling, child growth and development, parenting skills, asthma education and safe living conditions
  • Connection to local family resources
 

Services for adolescents, pregnant teens and teen parents

Education, nursing services, and health counseling provided in the home and at community sites.

Early childhood development

Public Health Nurses provide these services to families in Bloomington, Eden Prairie, Edina and Richfield. There are no eligibility requirements nor costs to participate.

Follow Along Program

The Follow Along Program will answer questions you have about your child's growth and development up to three years of age.

  • Follow along is secure, safe and confidential.
  • You complete and send the Follow Along enrollment form by ONE of the three following ways:
  • You receive a development questionnaire in the mail every 4 months for you to answer. (Available in English and Spanish.)
  • You send the questionnaire back to Public Health by mail or fax. Postage is included.
  • Your questionnaire results are returned to you in the mail with suggested fun activities for you to do with your child.
  • A public health nurse will call you if there are concerns. If needed, your nurse will discuss choices for further evaluation or tips on how to help your baby's brain grow.

Help Me Grow

Do you have concerns about your child's development - your child's walking, talking, playing, or behavior? For more information, visit HelpMeGrowMN.org

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