Simcha Preschool


Please join us for our Simcha Preschool Casino Night on Saturday February 23, 2019 at Temple Beth El. Sponsorships are currently being accepted for casino tables, raffle and auction donations and more. Tickets are also available for this premier event. We thank you in advance for your generous support of our Simcha School.
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We look forward to hearing from you!



We offer a high-quality early learning experience for children two-to-five years of age. For 35 years, Simcha has maintained the same commitment to providing a loving, nurturing and respectful experience for our children. Simcha is committed to sharing the living legacy of Jewish values and traditions with young children. You don't have to be Jewish to attend Simcha Preschool. Our community celebrates diversity and welcomes families of all backgrounds.


Simcha is a year round early childhood program run by Temple Beth El, in Aptos, California. We operate from 7:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. The full-day program serves children in the Preschool and Pre-K classrooms. Families can choose a two, three or five day a week schedule. We also have a half-day program that runs from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Afternoon drop-in care is also offered, please check availability with the Simcha office.

Join Us

Please contact Simcha Director Lisa Mendez 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 NAEYC accreditedprogram was voted #1 by the Best of the Good Times. We feature an intimate, family-centered program that offers a stimulating play-based and Jewish curriculum with excellent staff-to-child ratios.


We currently have limited openings in our Preschool group. Please call us for information about days available.

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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 as defined by the NAEYC. 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: Lisa Mendez

  • Ages served: 2-5

  • Years in operation: 35