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.

If your child has had little social emotional opportunities due to events of the last few years, we are an excellent choice for you. Our small class sizes, experienced teachers, and homelike feel provides a safe space with predictable routine to thrive. Over the years, children from home daycare nestle in and integrate well due to our commitment to teach to each individual child in their own time frame. When a child is socially and emotionally grounded the learning begins!

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!

Now enrolling for 2023/2024 school year with full day and half day available!

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2500 Soquel Avenue
Santa Cruz, CA 95062

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

HOURS: 8:00am.-4:30pm

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