Administered through Santa Cruz City Schools' Adult School, the district's pioneering early childhood education programs follow a parent participation model. Through active parent participation, both costs and class sizes are kept low. Utilizing credentialed teachers, our preschools not only prepare children for school, they enable parents to share information, build friendships and a sense of community, and learn how to advocate for their children.

Santa Cruz Parent Education Nursery School 18 mos.-5 yrs.
411 Roxas Street, Santa Cruz

Soquel Parent Education Nursery School 2½ - 5 yrs.
401 Old San Jose Road, Soquel (Soquel High Campus)

Westside Parent Education Nursery School 2½ - 5 yrs.
1231 Bay Street, Santa Cruz (Bay View Elementary Campus)

Beach Flats Family School, 2½ - 5 yrs.
Beach Flats Community Center 1333 Leibrandt Avenue, Santa Cruz


Pre-K at Gault Elementary
1320 Seabright Avenue, Santa Cruz (Gault Elementary Campus)
The Gault Pre-K Program, administered by Campus Kids Connection, readies 4-year-olds for Kindergarten. By providing an environment that develops learning and social skills children a prepared for Kindergarten. This program is targeted at low-income families to reduce the kindergarten retention rate.

Bridges-to-Kinder/Westlake Elementary
1000 High Street, Santa Cruz (Westlake Elementary Campus)
Bridges-to-Kinder Pre-K/Pre-school, administered by Santa Cruz City Schools' Adult School, provides an early education program for children ages 2½ through 5 to gain a jump-start in their schooling. The Pre-K/Pre-school children participate in activities with K-5 students including Life Lab, assemblies, art, library visits, music and peer mentoring. The Pre-school program teaches children social development skills. Pre-kindergarten focuses on pre-math and pre-literacy. Both programs have an adult education/parent participation component.

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