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Simcha Preschool

 "Simcha" is a beautiful Hebrew word meaning "Joy"

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About Us     

     Simcha is a year-round early childhood program run by Temple Beth El, in Aptos, California. For the 2023/2024 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 are a play-based, Reggio-inspired program. In order to maintain developmentally appropriate practice, we have constructed a safe, nurturing, and stimulating environment and are continuously building a flexible, adaptable curriculum based on both teacher and child-initiated themes and activities. 

     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 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

Mon, July 15 2024 9 Tammuz 5784