BUSD Child Development Unit (CDU)

Our full costs preschools @ Mary Farmar/Joe Henderson/Mathew Turner are full for the 17/18 school year.
If you would like to be placed on our interest list, please call 707-747-8367 or email: jregis@beniciaunified.org and you will be updated every 60 days by email.

We are currently enrolling for our subsidized Full day programs @ Robert Semple/Mary Farmar and our part day-AM/PM preschools @ Robert Semple. Please call 707-747-8367 or email: jregis@beniciaunified.org.

The Benicia Unified School District Child Development Unit (CDU) offers a broad range of programs to meet the needs of the children and families in Benicia. There are Pre-Kindergarten programs along with before and after school enrichment programs at all our Elementary schools. We also operate an income eligible subsidized State Preschool.  We offer a before and after school program at Robert Semple Elementary and Mary Farmar Elementary. Our Stepping Stones Parent Participation program is held at Joe Henderson Elementary.

The program for pre-kindergarten children is based on a developmental approach. That is, the curriculum and teaching strategies are both age and individually appropriate for the children we serve. The program’s activities are chiefly child-directed. The program provides a variety of activities and experiences that promote social-emotional, cognitive, language, physical and creative development of young children. Each child is given the opportunity for understanding oneself and others.

The program for school-age children serves as a bridge between home and school. It provides a balance of educational, social and recreational opportunities, an environment that is safe and structured, and activities that are conducive to all children in a fun, playful way School-age care programs exist for the purpose of promoting, nurturing, supporting and enhancing all areas of children’s development. All children are individuals of equal worth and value who come to the program at their own developmental level and bring with them a unique mixture of family background, language, and culture, personality and learning style.

We also offer the Stepping Stones program, that allows parents, grandparents, nannies or legal guardians to enroll with their two months or older child. Stepping Stones is a Parent Education Class sponsored by the Benicia Unified School District Child Development Unit. It is generally offered in 10-week sessions throughout the year. Stepping Stones classes have activities similar to a typical preschool class. Each day, parents are actively involved with their children, attending circle time together, helping with art, cooking or science projects, and participating in other activities such as large motor games, language time and snack. The development of social awareness is one of the primary learning tasks during the preschool years. During these early years, children develop the ability to get along with others through play. By observing their children at play, students increase their understanding of the nature and needs of children and have the opportunity to learn about discipline, conflict resolution, and advocacy. Stepping Stones also provides positive contact between adults for sharing ideas and concerns. It is a valuable program for anyone who is interested in combining parental support and quality time with their youngsters. Opportunities for Parent Workshops to discuss child development and parenting issues are available for all participants. Applications can be found in the box below.

The location of the office of CDU is at 350 East K Street, Suite 11. Our phone number is (707) 747-8367.

Preschool Information


Based on 10 month program, 8:30 am-11:00 am
  • Monday-Friday
  • Monday, Wednesday, Friday
  • For fees please call CDU at 707-747-8367

Preschool with Extended Care

Based on 12 month program, 6:30 am- 6:30 pm

  • Monday-Friday
  • Monday, Wednesday, Friday
  • 10% Sibling Discount
  • 3 & 4 year old must be potty trained
  • For fees please call CDU at 707-747-8367

Robert Semple Elementary and Mary Farmar Elementary only

  • State Preschool (full day) 7:00 am – 6:00 pm
  • These programs are available to low income families who meet the eligibility criteria determined by the State. A full-cost child care and pre-kindergarten program is available in full day only, on a limited basis to families with the economic ability to pay.

School Age Programs

Open from 6:30 am to 6:30 pm 

Kindergarten children:

Grades 1-5: Monday-Thursday $26.00/day and Friday $28.00/day  

Siblings – 10% discount. Morning Care: $15/day. One Hour Only or less PM: $10/day 

Drop-in Care is $30.00 per day and must be used through a prepaid card bought from the CDU office or the child care teacher before care can be provided

Transitional Kindergarten

Transitional Kindergarten is the first year of a two-year kindergarten program that uses a curriculum that is age and developmentally appropriate.
BUSD enrollment practice:
  • For each school year: Children who turn five years of age between September 2 and December 2 are eligible for TK.  BUSD currently offers TK programs at Robert Semple, Matthew Turner, and Joe Henderson Elementary schools.
  • Enrollment for the next school year begins February 1, at your home elementary school. Call your local school for an appointment. 

Enrollment for the TK program is in the Spring during the kindergarten enrollment period. Contact your school site with any questions.

Contacts & Forms

June Regis

Child Care Director

Email: jregis@beniciaunified.org
Phone: (707)747-8367


Thelma Bentley

Administrative Assistant


Email: tbentley@beniciaunified.org

Phone: (707) 747-8367

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