Children's Center State Preschool
California State Preschool Program services through DJUSD
1400 East 8th Street
|Principal: Maria Furtado-Yuen||Tel: 530-757-5340 ext. 115
|Davis CA 95616||Secretary: Angie DeLeon
Fax: 530-757-5340 ext. 102
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The DJUSD California State Preschool Program services are available to income-eligible families who reside in Yolo County.
Priority for enrollment of eligible students is based on the following:
- First priority shall go to children receiving protective services through the local county welfare department and children at risk or abuse, neglect, or exploitation.
- Second priority shall go to eligible four-year-old children, in income eligibility order using the CDD income ranking chart.
- Third priority shall go to other eligible three-year-old children, in income eligibility order.
Every child in our classroom is viewed as a unique individual.
The core components of our curriculum areas are aligned with the California Department of Education Child Development Desired Results for Families and Children (DRDP):
- Helping each child develop a positive sense of self (self-esteem)
- Fostering initiative; helping children to become inquisitive learners
- Guiding social development; we help children develop the idea that school is a positive environment. Children learn that they can make friends and be part of a group.
- Fostering internal control within children; we will be emphasizing social values in our classroom.
- Guiding emotional development
- Exploring cognitive development; children will try out their own ideas. We will emphasize problems, ask questions, problem solve using words, and learn mathematical concepts.
- Emphasizing creative expression and language development through writing children’s words on paper, having conversations, reading books, and doing art work
- Fostering physical development through outdoor play which will help children feel confident about their bodies and develop their large motor skills
Environment is a large part of children’s learning. Every session will have table toys for learning, a detailed schedule, and the following core components:
- Outside area: Large motor skills and social skills developed through running, climbing, balancing, gardening, digging, and organized games.
- Art area: Creativity is fostered through using all sorts of materials. We have an easel for painting. Fine motor skills, visual perception, and social skills are developed in the art area.
- Reading area: Books and language arts are developed by reading in the quiet area. Illustrated stories are developed dictation. Puppets are available to help foster language.
- Dramatic Play area: Children practice verbal and social skills through imitation and play in this area.
- Block area: Children discover spatial relationships, size, shape, and balance. Problem solving and decision making are developed through play in the block area.
- Science area: Children observe and experience science in this area.
- Manipulative area: Puzzles, games, beads, and other manipulatives encourage hand-eye, fine motor control, size, shape, and relationship properties.
These areas stimulate the child’s natural curiosity. The environment will be arranged so that optimal learning can occur.
The Children’s Center staff includes an administrative staff, certificated teachers and instructional assistants. Teacher qualifications and staff/child ratios are maintained in accordance with State Department of Education, Child Development Division regulations and Department of Social Services, Community Care Licensing. Other support personnel are available to facilitate program implementation.
Families enrolled in the State Preschool program are required to volunteer 3 hours per month.
The following are suggestions for meeting this requirement:
- Volunteer in the classroom
- Share cultural customs with the classroom
- Share a skill you have with the children
- Collect and share materials for art projects
- Help keeping toys sanitized
- Maintaining playground
- Attending parent advisory meetings
Parents are encouraged to bring in food, books, music which can be shared and can be incorporated into the child’s home life and/or culture. A list of projects for the parents to complete will be displayed in the classroom.
Children learn best through hands-on activities and experiences. It is important that children be allowed to explore their environment. Learning is not just following what others do; it is successfully doing it yourself. This requires active thinking and experimenting to find out how things work and to learn first hand about the world we live in. For children to learn, the activity must have meaning for the child. Young children learn best in a child-initiated and child-centered environment. Within this classroom we will incorporate the developmental appropriate principles and practices that support these philosophies and were established by the Department of Education, Child Development Division (Title 5).