Since 1970 our non-profit parent cooperative has been an integral part of Santa Cruz offering quality education to both child and parent. We are one of the 3 PENS (Parent Education Nursery Schools) affiliated with Watsonville / Aptos / Santa Cruz Adult Education. Our sister schools are Soquel PENS and Santa Cruz PENS.

Westside PENS (WPENS, said wee-pens) provides an environment in which parents actively participate in their child’s education.  In the classroom and through seminars with child development experts, parents practice effective parenting skills.  We believe that parent education increases the parent’s and child’s understanding and enjoyment of each other.  These skills foster life-long healthy family relationships.

Parent participation is the cornerstone of the WPENS program.  Parents are involved in every aspect of running the school—from maintenance to administration.  This involvement enhances the quality of the program as each family shares its own unique talents.