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 affiliated with Watsonville-Aptos-Santa Cruz Adult Education. Our sister schools are Westside PENS, Soquel PENS and Watsonville Cooperative Preschool.


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.


Read about our school, mission, methods and the results of our decades of education, or come visit our open house.

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