St. Stephen's Child Development Center (SSCDC)

About St. Stephen’s Child Development Center (SSCDC) Preschool


St. Stephen’s Child Development Center (SSCDC) is a private, non-profit community preschool established to serve both you and your child ages 2-5, year-round. We welcome families of all faiths and cultural backgrounds. Your child is entering an exciting time of growth and discovery. SSCDC provides developmentally appropriate individualized curriculum, teaching to each child’s learning style.

Our Program

SSCDC offers teacher-directed and emergent child-centered activities through play and discovery. Our teachers are trained observers who teach to each child’s individual needs and interests. Our small class sizes, 1:6 teacher-child ratio, provide for a nurturing environment while building a solid academic foundation that is well-rounded and fosters love for learning.

Visit us in Santa Cruz by calling for a private tour appointment. Tours are scheduled 11:15a.m., however alternate times can be requested. Children are encouraged to tour with their parent to explore the environment. Call Kathy Berens at (831) 462-4453 or email for details.

We look forward to meeting you!

SSCDC welcomes in the 2022/2023 new school year.

Regarding Covid policy, guidelines and policy by Community Care Licensing (CCL) come from California Department of Social Services (CDSS), who email updated Provider Information Notices (PIN) frequently. California Department of Public Health (CDPH) is advised by the Center for Disease Control (CDC). California Department of Industrial Relations Division of Occupational Safety & Health (Cal/OSHA), and local health department guidance or health orders are to be followed. Licensees and providers should follow the strictest requirements. We continue to stay updated and implement current policy in our community.

We provide a natural preschool environment for the children to play, learn, and explore.

Question of the day before making corn tortillas for a Quesadilla snack
Making Music!




2500 Soquel Avenue
Santa Cruz, CA 95062

PHONE: Contact Kathy Berens at (831) 462-4453 for details.

HOURS: 7:30am - 5:30pm.

Easy Highway 1 access to and from most any Santa Cruz location! Visit us by appointment or come to an open house.