Child and Teen Checkups (C&TC)

Child and teen checkups (C&TC) is Minnesota's name for the Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnosis, and Treatment (EPSDT) program.  Child and Teen Checkup (C&TC) is a benefit for children and teens from newborn through the age of 20 years who are enrolled on Medical Assistance (MA).

This program connects children enrolled in a Medical Assistance Program and our local Managed Care Organization, South Country Health Alliance (SCHA) with Medical and Dental service providers and offers information regarding child development, health and safety and community resources.  South Country Health Alliance members also have access to health promotion vouchers. Please visit their Website or contact your local C&TC Coordinator for more information. 

Why are C&TC Visits important?

  • Regular checkups help keep children, teens, and young adults healthy.
  • Health and dental problems can be found and treated early.
  • Children can get tested for anemia, exposure to lead or tuberculosis and other diseases.
  • Parents and children can get information about healthy lifestyles.
  • Children can get regular checkups at the dentist.
  • Teens and young adults can learn to take charge of their own health, with family support.

How often should I take my child for a checkup?

How often a child gets a health check depends on the child's age.  Checkups are recommended at these ages:

  • Between birth and 1 month
  • At 2, 4, 6, 9, 12, 15, 18, 24, and 30 months
  • Every year starting at 3 years through 20 years
  • More often if needed

A Child and Teen Checkup visit includes:

  • Information about good physical and mental health
  • Time to ask questions and get answers about your child's health, behavior, and development
  • Time to discuss thoughts, feelings, and relationships
  • Complete head to toe physical exam
  • Immunizations
  • Hearing check
  • Vision check
  • Lab tests
  • Checks on development and growth
  • Fluoride varnish treatments for certain ages
  • Referral to the dentist

Use this health check for Head Start, WIC, school, child care, camp, and sports participation physicals.

Where can I get a checkup?

  • Your local doctor or clinic.  Children enrolled in a heath plan must get their checkups from providers in their health plan network.
  • Medical Assistance pays for Child & Teen Checkups

When should I take my child for a dental checkup?

  • Dental checkups should begin with the first tooth and no later than age 12 months
  • Regular dental checkups should occur at least every six months
  • Your dentist may ask to see our child more often

For more information or questions