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Simcha Preschool

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. Simcha is distinguished as one of the only preschools in Santa Cruz County to have continually maintained the prestigious national accreditation granted by The National Association for the Education Of Young Children (NAEYC) since 1995.For the past three years we have been voted the number one childcare in Santa Cruz County by the Good Times Weekly.

An Opening for a 4 Year Old
Do you have a 4 year old who would thrive in a play-based preschool program that has a focus on social-emotional skills and Jewish values and culture? Simcha Preschool has the perfect 2-day half-day (9am‒1pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays) spot for your child! Please contact Director Lisa Mendez to schedule a Pre-K classroom tour to see more about how our play-based program can support your child’s creativity, social-emotional skills, and kindergarten readiness. We have just one spot left for the 2019/2020 school year! Call 831-479-3440 or email her at

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Founded in 1980, Simcha has a rich history of sharing our Jewish heritage in a nurturing, developmentally appropriate environment for young children. Children often begin to form lifelong friendships here. We are also seeing Simcha alums returning as parents of the next generation, a rich testament to an enduring program.

Our year-round program serves up to 35 children per day, ranging in age from two through five years of age, in three classrooms. Families have the opportunity to choose from a variety of scheduling options including two, three or five half- or full-day schedules. Class sizes are small and the adult-to-child ratios are excellent, ranging from 1:3 to 1:8 for the older group of children.

The attractive classrooms are staffed by a team of professional, highly trained teachers, with degrees in Early Childhood Education. They all share a deep commitment to a play-based emergent curriculum that also draws from the latest best practices in early childhood education and a strong partnership with families. Another component of our program is required 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.

Visit the Simcha Preschool website

Contact us at (831) 479-3449 or


     If shelter-in-place is lifted:

Babies, Boundaries, and Bodies: How to Talk With Your Young Kids about Sex
A Workshop for Simcha Parents and Community
April 20, 6:30‒8:30 PM

$15/person or $25/couple.
Click here for more information.
To RSVP, call 831-479-3449 or email


Thu, April 2 2020 8 Nisan 5780