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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What's New & Exciting...

  • 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"   ...

  • Don't Miss These Cute Sweatshirts! T-Shirts Available too!!

    There is still time to order these adorable sweatshirts. Order one for yourself or as a gift. They come in zip-up with printing on the back or pull over hoody with printing on the front. They are a beautiful light blue for kids and women and a darker Levi blue for men. Order in any size. They are warm and cozy and a great way to start a conversation about our wonderful school. We are ordering these almost at cost, the school will make two to three dollars per shirt for our fundraising. We like them so much we thought it would be great to offer them to everyone. Just fill out a form on the sign-in counter at school and place in the envelope with your payment!! p.s.  That is River, Arjuna's son, in his hoodie.  Not only does he love his hoodie, they receive tons of compliments! Here is an online version of the order form: Online Order Form ...

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School Events


09.24.2014 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Board Meeting


09.30.2014 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Pizza My Heart Fundraiser


10.08.2014 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Board Meeting


10.13.2014 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Small Class Meetings this week - date to be decided


10.24.2014 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Halloween Story and Soup Night

Hear About Our School...

What parents and teachers have to say about Soquel PENS.