Our StoryUniversity Covenant Nursery School is a ministry of University Covenant Church. We are a private, non-profit preschool serving the Davis community. UCNS opened in 2004 with one pre-kindergarten class serving 17 students. The school expanded in 2005, enrolling 44 children in two pre-kindergarten classes and one three-year old class. We added a second three-year-old class in 2006, and added four more children to our program in 2009. For the 2010- 2011 school year, we were thrilled to have offered a Transitional Kindergarten class, adding 10 children to our program, making it possible for UCNS to serve 70 preschoolers.
Beginning in August 2011, we began offering a third pre-kindergarten class that meets in the afternoons, directly follow our am pre-kindergarten classes. With this new addition to our prgram, UCNS is now able to serve 76 preschoolers and their families.
UCNS admits students of any race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin to all rights, privileges, programs and activities made available to students at the school. Enrollment is inclusive of, but not limited to, members of UCC in accordance with our commitment to serving the community at large.
UCNS strives to provide developmentally appropriate activities to further enhance children’s growth in the areas of social, emotional, physical, creative, cognitive and spiritual development. We maintain low teacher-child ratios and small class sizes in order to maintain an inviting, comfortable atmosphere for the children and to allow for meaningful learning experiences.
Program PhilosophyWe believe that each child is a unique and precious individual created in the image of God. As an inclusive preschool we are sensitive to individual differences and the developmental stage of each child. Our small class sizes allow our staff to get to know each child well and to individualize our students’ preschool experience in order to build on each child’s unique set of strengths and to facilitate growth in all areas of development.
We believe that children learn best when they have a wide variety of opportunities to explore their environment, to develop new skills, and to discover knowledge through hands-on experiences. We believe play provides essential opportunities for children to practice their emerging social skills. We place a great deal of emphasis on teaching children the skills they need to form healthy relationships, become self-disciplined, learn to respect and care for others, solve problems, and gain confidence in their own abilities. We maintain an age-appropriate balance of child-oriented and teacher-directed activities, and we provide daily opportunities for both large and small group experiences.