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Voted Best Preschool Reader’s Choice (Santa Cruz Sentinel 2016)

Nonprofit – Parent Cooperative – Preschool

  • Do you want to be involved in the start of your child’s journey into education and social skills?
  • Do you struggle with parenting issues or wish that you could learn valuable parenting skills?
  • Do you want a sense of community and friendships for you and your child that last a lifetime?
  • Do you want an affordable option to a traditional preschool program or childcare center?

Since 1970, WPENS had been providing all this and more to Santa Cruz.  A sense of community that supports your whole family, valuable social skills for your child, learning through play and parenting seminars and speakers.  Our non-profit parent cooperative has been an integral part of Santa Cruz offering quality education to both child and parent. 

You, as a parent, are able to support your child learning valuable life skills of sharing, conflict management, and cooperation. Parental engagement had been proven to have long lasting benefits to the parent and child.*  Parent involvement in the school provides a higher adult to child ratio and a lower tuition cost.

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Westside PENS (WPENS, said WEE-penz) 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.

Testimonials:

The teachers are amazing. Children just light up to see them. Being able to stay in the classroom until my older child was comfortable with the environment was a blessing. I don’t think he would have had it any other way. Working with other parents in the classroom helps develop long lasting friendships among parents as well as kids. My kids love it! What an amazing community! – Samantha Rosasco

My two year old loves it and can’t wait to go to school each day! Not only do the kids get a great education, but us parents get the opportunity to be involved, and best of all the whole family gets a built in community and support system. – Grace St. Clair