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A Community Treasure Since 1975

Santa Cruz Parent Education Nursery School (SCPENS), is a parent participation preschool which includes the only parent-participation toddler program in Santa Cruz County.

Our non-profit parent cooperative has been an integral part of Santa Cruz since 1975, offering quality education to both child and parent. We are part of 3PENS (three Parent Education Nursery Schools) affiliated with Santa Cruz Adult School of the Santa Cruz City School District. Our sister schools are Westside PENS and the Soquel PENS.

We have had three children who have been through the co-op, a total of eight years. I can’t imagine a stronger, better foundation for our children and we parents as we grow and change well into the future.
- Mitzi M.
SCPENS has been a wonderful addition to our lives. Our kids love it. So do we!
- Megan B.
I wish more families knew that SCPENS was such a fabulous place for both preschoolers and parents to learn and grow into incredible members of the community.
- Mary H.
I like school so much! It’s so much fun. I get to make things and I get to play.
- Ladreal (age 5)

News and Events

Open House

Saturday, August 23rd from 10a.m. - noon
Bring your family (children are encouraged to attend) and learn what makes SCPENS so wonderful!
View the Flyer


Thursday, September 11th from 6:45 - 9p.m.

First day of school

Monday, September 15th from 8:30 - 11a.m.

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