Preschool Location
UCNS, 315 Mace Blvd., Davis
at University Covenant Church
M - Th 9AM - 3PM
August - June (Closed in July)
Other Info

University Covenant Nursery School is a private preschool sponsored by University Covenant Church and currently serving families in Davis, Woodland, Sacramento and Dixon. By creating a warm and loving Christian environment and partnering with families, UCNS aspires to affirm, support & celebrate children as they discover and become all that God has created them to be socially, emotionally, spiritually, cognitively, and physically. UCNS provides developmentally appropriate preschool activities to further enhance children’s growth. They maintain low teacher-child ratios and small class sizes in order to create an inviting, comfortable atmosphere for the children and to allow for meaningful learning experiences.

UCNS uses a thematic approach to teaching using three primary preschool curricular resources: The Creative Curriculum for Preschool, Handwriting Without Tears and Zoo Phonics (for Pre-K only) and provide a wide range of hands-on activities that encourage children to experiment with science, math, language, reading, dramatic play, blocks, music and art.

Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday 9 AM - 12 PM (2 classes)
Both classes have 14 children and are staffed with an
experienced head teacher and an assistant teacher.
The teacher/child ratio is 1:7.
Monday - Thursday, 9 AM - 12 PM (3 classes)
All three Pre-K classes have 16 children are staffed by an experienced
head teacher and assistant teacher. This program is for children
ages 4 & 5 and are not yet enrolled in kindergarten. The
teacher/child ratio is 1:8.
Monday - Thursday, 12 PM - 2 PM (1 class)
Optional extended care program for enrolled UCNS students. 
Class size is limited to 16 with two teachers. 

Prospective parents are encouraged to schedule a school tour by calling 530-574-4774 or emailing They currently have a few openings in their Pre-K program and a waiting list for their Threes program for the 2019 - 2020 preschool year.  To enroll or for more information, visit their website at

UCNS has the same holiday schedule as the Davis Joint Unified School District.



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2014-08-07 14:52:53   My son attended UCNS for the past two years. It is such a great school! Class ratios are low to allow for individual attention for each child. The program is well-balanced to provide a wide variety of experiences to support development of the whole child - socially, emotionally, spritually, and intellectually. UCNS has warm, loving teachers and staff who care deeply about what is best for children. My son has grown so much at UCNS - he has gained confidence and learned how to interact well with others. It's been an amazing experience! Can't wait to send our daughter here, too! —NicoleFleming

2014-08-08 15:47:05   I could not recommend the UCNS preschool experience any higher. UCNS provided both of our daughters a warm, caring environment to explore, learn, and grow during our family's four years here. The small class environment and low teacher to child ratio allowed our girls a lot of personal attention and the opportunity to bond with their teachers and create wonderful friendships with their classmates. UCNS prepared both of our girls for a great kindergarten year — academically, socially, and emotionally. Our family still returns to UCNS for fundraisers and community events to see old friends and see how their children have grown. —2kids4me

2014-08-08 20:37:10   UCNS exceeded my high expectations for my children to develop an array of social, emotional and educational tools to have the confidence and skills for a successful transition into elementary school. I truly believe we could not find a better preschool and feel very fortunate to have had my children experience such a remarkable educational program at UCNS. UCNS prepared our children (and even the parents) extremely well for kindergarten. I wish my children were pre-k age so they could go back to this wonderful school! —LizWada

2014-08-08 21:22:49   I have been fortunate enough to have all 3 of my boys attend preschool at UCNS, as well as my niece and nephew and have enjoyed watching them grow, build confidence, and set a solid foundation for their academic years ahead. The teachers and staff here are amazing and have created such a familial environment for the children to feel comfortable, learn and grow in that I never had any second thoughts about this being the right preschool and community for my family. —NicoleChaidez

2014-08-19 22:01:23   We were so grateful someone recommended UCNS to us when we moved to Davis last year. The staff and families not only warmly welcomed our daughter with love and care, but our entire family. The UCNS staff goes above and beyond to give every child an exceptional preschool experience. I can't speak highly enough about the staff, the well balanced program they have created and the amazing experience we have had at UCNS! —MichelleSecrest