Davis Parent Nursery School (DPNS) is a non-profit parent participation cooperative nursery school possessing a long history of enriching families in the Davis community. We offer play-based and family-centered nursery school and playgroup programs in two Davis locations. Our 5-day morning nursery school sessions are held at our central Davis location and our 2-day and 3-day morning sessions at our location in south Davis. We offer playgroup sessions for young children at both facilities.

As a part of a cooperative nursery school, parents are asked to give of their time, energy, and talents to make a cooperative program successful, but they will find that it’s well worth the effort and gives back tenfold! Through their participation at DPNS, parents learn from and bond with other parents due to their shared experiences and through discussion and observation of teachers and other parents in specific instances. This can often lead to new ways of handling parenting situations and solving problems with their child/ren. Parents can also learn of new and enriching experiences for their child and can contribute ideas of their own for the benefit of other parents.

Our program is play-based and offers children an opportunity to grow intellectually, socially and emotionally. Children can learn to make social contacts in groups — small and large, supervised and informal. They are given a chance to explore the world around them through first-hand experiences. A wide variety of materials and activities is provided for this purpose: playground and climbing structures to define and exercise large muscles; puzzles and small toys to develop small muscles and coordination; musical, arts and handicraft facilities to offer a basis of aesthetic and cultural experience.