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Due to to worsening air quality, and out of an abundance of caution, Davis Joint Unified School District, along with all other school districts in Yolo County, is closing all schools and offices on Friday, November 16. 

Over the last few days, DJUSD has been regularly monitoring worsening the air quality and conferring with the Yolo County Office of Education, Yolo County Health Department and the Yolo/Solano Air Quality Management District. The decision to close schools due to air quality is not taken lightly and is unprecedented. Our top priority is the health and safety of our students and staff. 

We anticipate the conditions to improve significantly over the next week and look forward to a return to normal school routines, outdoor activities and athletics after Thanksgiving Break. Any updates over Thanksgiving Break will be shared as quickly as possible with our school community by email and available here on the DJUSD website as well as on DJUSD Facebook and Twitter.

Thank you for your partnership and understanding. 


Air Quality Update: Schools Remain Open Thursday, November 15

The air quality forecast in our region continues to predict poor air quality levels for the remainder of the week. 

Davis schools will remain open and the restrictions on all outdoor activities will remain throughout the week so as to limit exposure to poor air quality. 

  • Restrictions on outside activities continue:
    All students shall remain indoors - this includes recess, lunch period and physical education class.
  • Doors to classrooms will be kept closed to limit exposure to poor air quality.
  • Outside activities, field trips and sports are suspended until further notice.
  • All athletic programs through Davis Senior High School have been postponed or moved indoors. Keep updated on athletics at Davis Senior High Athletics. 

Parents are advised to contact their school office directly for the latest information regarding school-specific plans about physical education classes, lunch schedules, or other questions and concerns. 

DJUSD continues to monitor the Air Quality Index (AQI) and will keep our school community updated with any changes. We recognize that individuals may have questions about their individual student or personal needs and these can be directed to school offices or the Public Information Office at communications@djusd.net.

Frequently Asked Questions:

How are decisions made to cancel school?
DJUSD is carefully monitoring the air quality reports and forecasts. Staff continues to consult and confer with Yolo County Office of Education, Yolo County Health Department and the Yolo/Solano Air Quality Management District (Y/S AQMD) to help inform decisions about whether schools will remain open. 

DJUSD is using the guidance from EPA Air Quality Guide for Particulate Pollution (image below) and Yolo/ Solano Air Quality Management District to determine what activities are safe for students and staff to do during the course of the day. We have imposed restrictions and are limiting activities based on the guidelines.

It is important to note that DJUSD has taken an even more precautionary approach by restricting all outdoor activities, even further than the EPA guidance provides given air quality levels this week, so as to limit outdoor exposure during the school day as much as possible. 

If my child stays home because of air quality, is this an excused absence?
Yes. If you report an absence because of health concerns related to air quality, it will be counted as an excused absence.

Do classrooms and school buildings have filters in air systems to block smoke? 
We have filtrations systems on all HVAC systems throughout the District that filter particulates down to three microns in size. 

What if my child has asthma or doesn’t feel well?
Students and staff who have asthma or other health concerns should consult with their health care provider. If students become ill at school they should report to the school nurse or office and a parent will be contacted.

Are there plans to cancel school later this week, since the air quality forecast does not suggest improvements in the next couple of days?
DJUSD is carefully monitoring the air quality reports and forecasts. Staff continues to consult and confer with Yolo County Office of Education, Yolo County Health Department and the Yolo/Solano Air Quality Management District to help inform decisions about whether schools will remain open. We will let our school community know of any updates or changes.



Dear DJUSD Parents and Guardians,


We continue to experience smoky conditions in Davis from the ash blown from the Camp Fire in Butte County.  Throughout this weekend and all through today we have been monitoring the Air Quality Index (AQI) as it has changed.  Today all DJUSD students remained indoors for lunch and physical education class, and doors to classrooms were kept closed to limit exposure to poor air quality.  Forecasts suggest that while winds may cause fluctuations in particulate matter, the air quality will likely remain unhealthy for several days.


All schools in DJUSD will remain open tomorrow; we will continue to monitor the air quality index to ensure safety of students and staff throughout the week.


DJUSD, in consultation with the Yolo County of Education and Yolo Health Department, recognizes the  EPA and Yolo Solano Air Quality Management District (YSAQMD) guidelines available at EPA Air Quality Guide for Particulate Pollution. It is important to note that DJUSD has taken an even more precautionary approach by restricting all outdoor activities, even further than the guidance provides, so as to limit outdoor exposure during the school day as much as possible.


Please know that DJUSD staff at every school site are working hard to monitor student needs and to put student health and safety first.  Considerations to protect children and sensitive groups from smoke, ash and poor air quality include:

  • Keeping children indoors with the doors and windows closed.

  • Suspending athletics and any outdoor school activities during or after school.

  • Monitoring students with medical conditions. Students with asthma, allergies, or a chronic health condition are at high risk from health effects related to wildfire smoke and ash.  Please consult your physician if you have concerns.


If you have concerns for your child’s health or they have medical conditions that may be aggravated by poor air quality, please keep your child home or contact your school office.


If you have questions or concerns, please contact your school office.  

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DJUSD Children's Center is now accepting applications for state preschool and fee based programs for the 2018-2019 school year.   If you have any questions regarding our programs please call 530-757-5340 ext 102 or stop by the office located at 1400 E 8th st Davis CA. 


If your child is turning 5 before September 1st 2018 they are eligible for kindergarten, if they turn 5 between September 2nd 2018 and December 1st 2018 they are eligible for TK. If they turn 5 after December 2nd 2017 they are eligible for preschool for the 2018-2019 school year. 

Director's Corner

WELCOME to our DJUSD Preschool Family!


We are thrilled that you have chosen our preschool program for your child! We know it is an important step in your life as well as your child’s life to find a preschool that makes you feel comfortable – one that is warm, loving, nurturing, safe and educational. We look forward to partnering with you in the beginning stages of your child’s education.  I have confidence that every staff member on this campus will do everything they can to make this transition an easy and enjoyable one for you and your child.  Preschool is an exciting time filled with wonder and exploration.  Here at DJUSD, our preschool programs are committed to providing a quality, developmentally appropriate learning experience for each child.  Our staff is highly qualified and bring years of experience to the classroom.  Each day will be filled with fun and exciting opportunities to help your child grow.  I look forward to all that we will accomplish this year as we work together in building a foundation for your child’s future.

As the Director of the Children’s Center, here are my goals:

  1. To build positive relationships with staff and families
  2. To build partnerships with the community
  3. To build and implement a strong recruitment system

I would like you to know that I have an open door policy.  If you have any questions, comments or concerns, please do not hesitate to stop by my office located in the administrative office or to contact me at my direct line at (530)757-5340.  Again, I am looking forward to the positive partnerships we will all build!  Thank you so much for your time and for choosing DJUSD Children's Center!



Jenna Gonzalez

Director of Children’s Center


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).

Program Types


State Preschool Fee-Based Preschool

Offers subsidized preschool to children based on criteria established by

California Department of Education

Offers Preschool to children who pay a monthly tuition



Child Development Programs incorporate research based developmentally appropriate curriculum and frameworks to meet the need of every child enrolled in the program. Our  program puts an emphasis on project work. Projects are based on the interests of the children. For this reason, the subject of study will vary from classroom to classroom.


Anti-bias Curriculum: The focus of anti-bias curriculum is to create an environment in which we can celebrate the differences found in our classrooms. Our curriculum is designed to challenge biases and stereotypes that children encounter in their everyday lives.


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

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 & social skills developed through running, climbing, balancing, and organized games.
  • Art area: Creativity is fostered through using all sorts of materials. Fine motor skills, visual perception, and social skills are developed in the art area.
  • Reading area: Literacy and language arts are developed by reading. Illustrated stories are developed dictation.
  • Dramatic Play area:  Children practice verbal and social skills through imitation and play
  • Block area:  Children discover spatial relationships, size, shape,  balance and practice problem solving and decision making
  • Science area:  Children observe and experience science
  • Manipulative area: 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.

Jenna Gonzalez

Director of the Children's Center


(530)757-5340 ext 104


Angie De Leon

Administrative Secretary


(530)757-5340 ext 102


DJUSD Preschool Office

1400 E. 8th Street

Davis, CA 95616


Our DJUSD Preschool Programs are staffed with a teacher and a paraeducator. All of our teachers are required to be certificated by California Commission on Teacher Credentialing and hold a Child Development permit of one of the following:


  • Child Development Associate Teacher Permit
  • Child Development Teacher Permit
  • Child Development Master Teacher Permit
  • Child Development Site Supervisor Permit
  • Child Development Program Director Permit

All staff meets the state of California licensing requirements.

Why choose to send your child to preschool?