Simcha Preschool


We're now accepting applications for our Preschool, Pre-K, and Transitional Kindergarten/Kindergarten groups. 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 back to Simcha!

We're thrilled to reopen Simcha Preschool on August 18, 2020. 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 two-to-six years of age. 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.


We're taking most of our activities to our beautiful outdoor environments, play yards, redwood grove and other natural nooks and crannies around campus. Event tents will be set up to continue outdoor adventures, through rain or shine.


Simcha is a year-round early childhood program run by Temple Beth El, in Aptos, California. For the 2020/2021 school year, we will be operating from 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m., Tuesday through Friday.

The program serves children in the Preschool, Pre-K and TK/K classrooms. Families can choose four full days, three full days or four half days for their schedule. The half-day program runs from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. We will be deciding about reopening our Toddler classroom in early December 2020.

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 program was voted #1 in Santa Cruz County by the readers 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.


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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. 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: 2-6

  • Years in operation: 40

  • Facility number: 440710119