Resources and Support

Early Childhood Screening is for All 3 to 4 Year Olds

The state of Minnesota requires that all preschool children need to be screened before entering Kindergarten.HLWW conducts screenings for families with preschool children throughout the school year. Watch for information in the mail shortly after your child turns three years old. If you do not receive a packet,contact the school nursing department at 320-543-3900 ext. 4332.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why is screening important?Screening helps identify children who may benefit from early childhood services before they enter school and connects them with the appropriate resources and programs. If your child has already been screened, he/she does not need to be screened again.
Who needs to be screened? All 3½ to 4 year old children living in the Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted District need to be screened. Early Childhood Screening helps identify children who may benefit from early childhood services before they enter school, but screening is most valuable when completed before your child turns four years old.
What is Early Childhood Screening? Screening is a free check of your child's vision, hearing, height, weight, and development, as well as a review of her or his immunization records. Children are screened by school district professionals. Your child will be assessed in three important developmental areas: motor skills, concepts, and communication skills. This is not an IQ test. It does not rank children according to scores. The purpose of screening is early detection of children's development, health, and other factors that may interfere with a child's learning, growth, and development.
How do I make an appointment?A letter will be sent to all children on our school census concerning screening dates and appointments.If your child has not been screened and they are 3-4 years old, please call call school nurse, Jolie Holland, 763-219-2469.
Screening Dates 2017-2018
Friday, December 1
Friday, March 2
8 am-2 pm
Screening Location Resource Center of the High School, 8700 County Road 6 SW, Howard Lake

Follow Along Program

Babies and young children grow and learn at their own rate. Some children need special help to grow up healthy and learn skills such as sitting, walking or talking. If this is true for your child, the Follow Along Program can help you.

The Follow Along Program is:
  • A good way to learn about your child’s health and development
  • A fun way to get ideas about “what to teach” and “at what age” to teach it
  • A simple way to ask questions about how your child is hearing, moving, seeing, playing, talking, learning, growing and acting
  • An easy way to find out about other services you may want for your child

A professional, most often a nurse, may visit with you to tell you more about the program and find out more about your child. To refer a child, contact your local Public Health Agency or the MCYSHN Information and Assistance Line at 1-800-728-5420 or 651-201-3650. For information on the Follow Along Program, contact the Follow Along Program Coordinator at 651-201-3644 or visit their website ( You can turn to any of these people to help you find resources you need to select the right program for your child.

Help me Grow

    Help Me Grow is an interagency initiative of the State of Minnesota (Departments of
Education, Health and Human Services) partnering with local service agencies to provide
resources about the development of young children for parents and professionals.
These resources include information on developmental milestones, YouTube videos,
caregiver strategies to support development, screening and evaluation, and how to talk
about developmental concerns.
    If you have any concerns about your child’s growth and development, please talk to your child’s health care provider or call 1-866-693-GROW(4769) to talk to a professional and find out ways in which you can get connected to various resources in Minnesota. You can also check out the Help Me Grow website,

Macaroni Kid

Macaroni Kid is a great free local source for events for families and kids in the area.

McLeod County Immunizations

Immunizations may be given by appointment, Monday-Friday from 8 a.m.-4 pm, to individuals of all ages. Please call, 320-864-3185 or 320-395-2568, to schedule an appointment. A record of all previous immunizations is required. There is a fee for immunizations. Please ask for fee information when calling. The immunization program is designed to serve low income individuals and families, or others without medical coverage for immunizations.

Parents Forever

This parent education program educates parents about: positive communication techniques; the impact the divorce, the restructuring of families, and judicial proceedings have upon children and families; methods for preventing parenting time conflicts; dispute resolution options and child custody issues.

The program encourages parents to always place the best interests of the children above what they may perceive as their own “rights”. Call the Wright County Extension Office at 763-295-4302 for information.

Wright County WOW Van

    The Wellness on Wheels, or WOW van, is a mobile clinic staffed by Registered Nurses (RNs). RNs provide teaching, guidance, support, and the screening and immunization services.
    Services provided include: immunizations for adults and children; health and wellness screening (blood pressure, cholesterol*, diabetes, pregnancy testing, hemoglobin, lead, Mantoux test), car seat checks*, and fluoride treatment (*appointment needed). Available information about health concerns, safety, child development, pregnancy, family planning, and community services. Bring immunization records with you.
The WOW van will announce cancellations on radio stations KRWC 1360 AM and KDUZ 1260 AM and van sites will be notified of any cancellations. Please note: The WOW Van does not go out in below zero weather or when the roads are in poor driving condition.
If you have questions or to schedule an appointment, call 763-682-7516 or 800-362-3667 ext. 7516.
See Wright County Web Site: for WOW schedule and other information.