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Thriving, Play-based, & Mostly Outdoors

    Children play outside at Simcha Preschool.

We're now accepting Family Interest Forms for 2021/2022 and 2022/2023 for our

Toddler, Preschool, Pre-K, and Kindergarten/1st Grade classes.

We're complying with all county and state guidelines to provide a safe environment for our children and staff.

Please contact us about visiting Simcha and beginning the application and enrollment process.

Welcome to Simcha Preschool!

About Us     

     Simcha is a year-round early childhood program run by Temple Beth El, in Aptos, California. For the 2021/2022 school year, we will be operating from 7:30 a.m. until 5:20 p.m. on Mondays through Fridays.

    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 old.

     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 care about our communities health and well-being and require daily health checks prior to admitting children to the program. We are so excited to be together again!

     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, Preschool, Pre-K and K/1 classrooms. Additional information can be found on Simcha's website


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 7 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:

Family Interest Form 2021/2022


Simcha Preschool Overview

     We provide high-quality care by creating 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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