|477 4th Street
|Across from Central Park
|See program hours
|(530) 760 - 8713
DCCNS is a child-centered, play-based preschool offering several multi-age programs for children between the ages of 2 and 5 years who are ready for a group experience. DCCNS is a non-profit, parent co-operative preschool staffed by certified, early childhood teachers who provide a planned, developmentally appropriate, hands-on curriculum. DCCNS offers varied play environments and continuous social experiences as a means of teaching and conveying important skills for school readiness. DCCNS was established in 1973 as an outreach of Davis Community Church. Although DCCNS teaches no religious doctrine, curriculum is guided by a philosophy of mutual care, respect, and understanding, creating an environment in which families from all faiths, backgrounds, and traditions can feel welcome, comfortable, and valued.
DCCNS is licensed by the California State Department of Social Services and follows its regulations as well as the policies set by the school’s board of directors.
- TODDLER PROGRAM (17 children) (2-3 years - must be 2 years old on or before September 1st) - This program is held Thursdays and Fridays from 9:00 am to 11:00 am. Parents participate in the class twice a month. Through their classroom participation, observations and guidance from experienced head and assistant teachers, parents will gain a better understanding of early childhood development. At the end of each class the helping parents stay for a 20-minute meeting while the assistant teacher supervises their children.
- MORNING PROGRAM - "AM Class" (24 children) (Must be at least 3 years old on or before December 1st) - This program is held Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 9:00-11:45 a.m. The class is staffed by two credentialed and experienced teachers and four helping parents. Parents participate in the classroom 2-3 times a month. Helping parents meet with the head teacher after school while their children are supervised by a teacher or another parent.
- MONDAY COMBINATION CLASS - "Combo Class" (15 children) (Must be a returning DCCNS student who is Kindergarten eligible for the following year) - This small group program is held Thursdays from 1:00-3:45 p.m. and is intended as an added 4th day to supplement the AM or PM program for the older students. The class is staffed by two credentialed and experienced teachers and two helping parents. Parents participate in the classroom 1-2 times a month. Helping parents meet with the head teacher after school while their children are supervised by a teacher or another parent.
2008-01-07 10:18:43 Former Alumni 1989-1991. —thelonepiper555
2010-08-04 10:39:24 Davis Community Church Nursery School has openings in the Early Explorer (EE) program. The program is for children who are between 15 and 24 months old on September 1st. This is an unlicensed program with mandatory parent participation.
This program is an opportunity for hands- on playtime for parents and children in a comfortable, supportive and nurturing environment. Parents will learn positive parenting skills and exciting ways to encourage their child's natural curiosity. This is also an opportunity to meet other parents and share the joy of seeing your special little person learn and grow. Various fun activities include: singing, exploration of art materials, musical play, creative movement, dance, outdoor fun, books and cuddles.
Sessions are on Friday from 12:00-1:30PM. Tuition for eleven weeks is $121(2010-2011 School Year). The school year holds 3 eleven week sessions. License # 570300152
2011-11-07 11:56:57 You will not find a preschool with more caring, professional, and patient teachers than at DCCNS. —OldDavis73
2012-04-28 19:15:40 some of the most wonderful people. seriously. —newtowiki
2014-07-08 16:36:37 Bringing my kids to this preschool was one of the best parenting decisions we have ever made. Years later, the connections made with teachers and other parents/families are still an integral part of our family's Davis community. —JMakus
2016-01-15 00:21:51 Being new to Davis, we were quite nervous about placing our first daughter in preschool, but heard great things about DCCNS from friends and neighbors. Five months later, our shy girl who wouldn't play with others on the playground now has tons of friends and loves going to her play-based preschool every week. Teachers Paul and Patty are fabulous and their focus on conflict resolution at a preschool level is just what my daughter needs to prepare her for kindergarten this fall. So happy we decided to join this school and will be sending our second daughter in the fall. —mckinneymommas
2017-08-20 18:36:14 Agreed, enrolling our son to this preschool was one of the best decisions we have ever made. It's a co-op, meaning you get to see your child in a new and different environment. The experience has been priceless and we feel we have grown as much as our son. The few obligations include being a working parent two to three times a month and an occasional "work party". It's easier than it sounds really. Although there's "church" in the title, it's a separate organization and the curriculum includes no religious content. The preschool is open and inclusive and the staff is absolutely wonderful. Love you guys... Thanks for everything! —WillLockhart