School Readiness

School Readiness
Smart Start
Sutter County Smiles

The first five years of a child’s life are the most important. Parents, Schools, and Communities must work together to ensure that children start school ready to learn. Research confirms that children who have a successful start in school stay in school and achieve at higher levels than those children who do not have a successful start.

     Yuba City Unified School District School Readiness Programs

The School Readiness Programs are designed for families with children ages 0-5 to help their children begin kindergarten ready to learn. Children need to be healthy, have some literacy skills, be comfortable in a school environment, and parents need to have some tools to help their children transition to school successfully.

There are three school readiness programs provided by Yuba City Unified School District: Smart Start, School Readiness, and Sutter County Smiles. These programs are funded by Sutter County Children and Families Commission and California First Five.

Smart Start is a summer pre-kindergarten program for children with no preschool who will begin kindergarten or Transitional Kindergarten in August. Your child must be 5 years old by October 1st to register for kindergarten. Children who will be 5 years of age between October 2nd and December 2nd may register for Junior Kindergarten at their school of residence.

School Readiness is an interactive program for parents and children ages 0-5 to attend together. Little Learners classes are offered at three schools in Sutter County during the school year: Park Avenue and King Avenue in Yuba City, and Luther School in Live Oak. Two classes are offered per day and are FREE to families in Sutter County. Preference is given to families living within the attendance area of the schools. Parents or caregivers must attend with children.

Sutter County Smiles is a Mobile Dental Clinic that provides a full range of dental services for children. Sutter County children ages 0-5 who have Medi-Cal, Healthy Families, or no insurance may be seen on the van. Dental services include exams, cleanings, fillings, crowns, and extractions. The van is located at various school sites throughout the year. Call the School Readiness office at 822-3207 for the current location of the van. For more information or to make an appointment, call the dental van at 530-682-8428, or Patty Aguilara, Parent Liaison, at 870-7836.

 Contact List

School Readiness Office
Yuba City
Unified School District
750 Palora Avenue
Yuba City, CA 95991

Mrs. Williamson

Lavena Williams
Coordinator of School Readiness Programs

(530) 822-3206


Stacie Monaghan
Office Specialist II
(530) 822-3207


Niki Baldez
Child Development Specialist

King Avenue School

School Readiness
630 King Avenue

Yuba City
, CA 95991
530-822-5250 ext 321

 Kelly Cameron  

Kelly Cameron
Child Development Specialist

Park Avenue

School Readiness
100 Morton Street

Yuba City
, CA 95991
530-822-5265 ext 123


Wendy McGinnis
Child Development Specialist

Luther Elementary School

School Readiness
10123 Connecticut Avenue

Live Oak
, CA 95953
530-695-5450 ext 1103


Patricia Aguilera
Parent Liaison

Sutter County Smiles Mobile Dental Clinic