Welcome to Soquel PENS Cooperative Preschool

The Soquel Parent Education Nursery School is a co-op preschool located in Soquel, California in beautiful Santa Cruz County.   We are the oldest co-op preschool in Santa Cruz County.  We are very proud to say we've been facilitating parents in understanding what children need for wholesome development since 1949.  We encourage you to explore our website to learn more about our school, our programs, and our rich community.

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Our Mission

Soquel PENS' mission is to nurture and support the whole family through our unique parent education program.  Together we create meaningful community where children and parents learn side by side.

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    Children's Storytelling, Quilt, and Bake Sale!

    The Soquel Parent Education Nursery School Children’s Storytelling, Quilt and Bake Sale is just around the corner.  Saturday, November 22, 2014  10 am to 1 pm  Branciforte Small Schools auditorium at 840 N. Branciforte Avenue in Santa Cruz. Each quilt, hand crafted from recycled material by Teacher Kim’s Mom and her friends, is paired with a matching children’s book and stuffed animal and sells for $20.00.  The child size themed quilt packages make great gifts for the holidays.  During the quilt sale Sirena Andrea, founder of the Santa Cruz Storytelling Festival,  will entertain children of all ages through the tradition of oral storytelling.   *Admission is FREE and all proceeds benefit Soquel Parent Education Nursery School*  Please tell your family and friends to help spread the word for this incredible event.   Thank you and we hope ...

  • Check Out this Great Interview with Doug Dirt on Ocean Literacy!

    This is a wonderful interview with Doug Dirt from the Banana Slug String Band talking about the inspiration and creation of the "Only One Ocean" album and how they are using music to inspire kids and families to be more environmentally aware.   Thank you Banana Slug String Band for the inspiring lyrics and music (even some Zydeco!). ...

  • Announcing our Annual Banana Slug String Band Concert - March 15th

    We are excited to announce our annual Banana Slug String Band benefit concert.  Join us on March 15th for song, dance, community and family fun.  The always entertaining and inspiring Banana Slug String Band will bless us with their fun and educational lyrics and rythms.   BUY YOUR TICKETS EARLY!! Date:  March 15th at 2:30pm (doors open at 2:00pm) - Come early to see our special raffle prizes and eat some yummy food. Location:  Santa Cruz High School Auditorium Address:  415 Walnut Avenue, Santa Cruz Tickets available on our website.  Ticket sales may be tax deductible. ...

  • Kindergarten Readiness - Are You Ready? Is Your Child Ready?

    Is your family making the big leap into Kindergarten next year or the following?  Are you ready?  Is your child ready?  What are your options?    Join us on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 6:30pm, and find out.  This is open to the community, so please feel free to invite your friends and family.  The event will be held at our preschool. A panel of kindergarten teachers, homeschool teachers, transitional kindergarten (TK) teachers, and parents will be there to discuss their programs and experiences and answer your questions.   This is a meeting you won't want to miss especially if your child is going to kindergarten next year. Here are some links to last year's kindergarten readiness blog posts: This post is a summary of last year's event and includes some valuable handouts on Kindergarten Readiness: "Kindergarten Readiness" This is personal blog post from a parent who attended: "Life After Preschool"   ...

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