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Santa Cruz Adult School

1231 Bay Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95060

(831) 429-3995


Philosophy & Approach

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"At WPENS we create a safe and nurturing environment where children and parents can learn and grow together. We offer a child-centered program that addresses the developmental needs of the children and provides education for the parents.
At the heart of our program is respect for the children and parents that make up the co-op. We respect childrens developmental level, their individuality, ability to solve problems and make choices, and their natural love of learning. We respect parents and honor the love and commitment they show as they engage in the process of raising their children.
We believe that early attention to childrens social and emotional development lays a strong foundation for future abstract and academic learning. Young children gain important social and learning skills through play. Play provides opportunities to explore, question and create. It inspires a sense of wonder about the world. We trust that children will naturally choose the activities that will help them to learn and grow.
At WPENS we cultivate a partnership between parents and teachers where parents are able to build upon their existing strength and skills as loving and dedicated parents. Parents are encouraged to share resources and support each other. They build friendships and learn to advocate for their children.
We believe it takes a community to raise a child. The WPENS co-op is a unique community that draws its strength from its members combined efforts, talents and skills.
Excerpted from the preschool's website

A Typical Day

"In a typical day, the children first have free time to choose from a variety of materials and activities including music, art, science, storybooks, fantasy, dress-up, large and small motor activities."
Excerpted from the preschool's website