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Simcha preschool has a beautiful outdoor area for learning and playing.

About Simcha Preschool


Music teacher singing with children     "Simcha," the name of our preschool is a beautiful Hebrew word meaning “joy,” aptly describing our exemplary Jewish early childhood program, located at Temple Beth El.  Founded in 1980 by a group of local families, Simcha has a rich history of sharing our Jewish heritage, values, and culture in a nurturing developmentally-appropriate environment for young children. 

     We also deeply value and integrate Anti-Bias and Anti-Racism activities, learning, curriculum, professional development, and discussions we share at Simcha Preschool.  We believe that it is important for young children to learn in developmentally and age-appropriate ways about diversity, racial literacy, how to be anti-racist, and how to support and advocate for Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC),  LGBTQIA+ peers and community members, and anyone.


     Lifelong friendships are forged among children and families at Simcha Preschool.  Many of our Simcha alums return as parents of the next generation, a rich testament to an enduring program.


     Our award-winning and year-round program serves children ranging in age from 2 through 6 years of age. Families may choose from a variety of scheduling options.

     Our Toddler class (ages 2- turning 3) will include 7 children and 2 teachers.  The Preschool class (ages 3 - turning 4) will include 12 children and 2 teachers.  Our Pre-K class (ages 4 - turning 5) will have 16 children and 2 teachers.  The Kindergarten class (ages 5 or 6) will include 14 children and 2 teachers.

     The inviting outdoor environments and classrooms are staffed by a team of professional, highly trained teachers. They all share a deep commitment to a play-based, emergent curriculum, that also draws from the latest best practices in early childhood education along with a strong partnership with families.

     Another component of our program is monthly parent participation, offering parents a variety of opportunities to contribute to their child’s education. During the year we offer a number of Parent Education events to address family needs and concerns, We also enjoy a strong abiding connection with the Temple, including the weekly celebration of Shabbat with one of the rabbis who take turns coming to sing with the children.

You can contact us at 831.479.3449 or email:

Family Interest Form 2022/2023

Simcha Preschool · 3055 Porter Gulch Road · Aptos California 95003 · 831.479.3449 · Caitlin Clancy, Director

Facility Number: 440710119

Thu, December 8 2022 14 Kislev 5783