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Thriving, Play-based, & Mostly Outdoors

We are accepting Interest Forms for the 2024/2025 School Year for our

Toddler, Preschool, Pre-K, and TK/Kindergarten classes

Welcome to Simcha Preschool!


About Us

     Simcha is a year-round early childhood program run by Temple Beth El, in Aptos, California. For the 2024/2025 school year, we will be operating from 7:30 a.m. until 5:20 p.m. Monday through Friday.

    For 40 years, Simcha has maintained the same commitment to providing a loving, nurturing and respectful experience for our children. We offer a high-quality early learning experience for children 2- 6 years olds, including a low-ratio TK/Kindergarten classroom.

     Simcha is committed to sharing the living legacy of Jewish values and traditions with young children, in addition to integrating an anti-bias and anti-racism curriculum into our program.

     You don't have to be Jewish to attend Simcha Preschool. Our community celebrates diversity and welcomes families of all backgrounds.



     We adhere to a “Gold Standard” for safety including requirements that all TBE and Simcha staff are 100% vaccinated. We follow NAEYC standards for low child to teacher ratios and have small classroom sizes.

     Most of our activities are outside in our beautiful outdoor environments, play yards, redwood grove and other natural nooks and crannies around campus.

     Our program serves children in the Toddler (2yr olds), Preschool (3yr olds), Pre-K (4yr olds), and TK/Kindergarten (4.5 - 6yr olds) Classrooms.




Join Us

     Please contact Simcha Director, Caitlin Clancy at 831.479.3449 or by email if you would like to take advantage of this wonderful opportunity to have your child or grandchild in a high-quality preschool program.

     Our program was voted #1 in Santa Cruz County by the readers of the Good Times for 9 years in a row! 

     We feature an intimate, family-centered program that offers a stimulating play-based and Jewish curriculum with excellent staff-to-child ratios.

You can contact us at 831.479.3449 or email:

Simcha Preschool Interest Form 2024/2025

Simcha TK/K Interest Form 2024/2025

Simcha Preschool Overview

We provide high-quality care by constructing a safe, nurturing and stimulating environment, promoting the physical, social, emotional and cognitive development of each child while responding to the individual needs of our families.

Our curriculum, adult-child interactions and home/school relationships are based on developmentally appropriate practice. Because we respect children as people with changing needs, we feel strongly about building a flexible, adaptable curriculum based on the developmental stage, unique personality and special family life of each child.

In developing curriculum, we consider both the typical developmental milestones that occur at each stage of a child’s life and each child’s individual strengths, interests and needs. Thus, children practice newly acquired skills as well as having a chance to work at their individual capacity.

Quick look

Location: 3055 Porter Gulch Road, Aptos, California

Phone: 831.479.3449

Director: Caitlin Clancy

Ages served: 2-6

Years in operation: 40

Facility number: 440710119

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

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