Santa Cruz Parent Directory

Directory of Local Resources for Families in Santa Cruz County

Since 2007 Santa Cruz Parent has provided a directory of businesses and nonprofits which serve families in Santa Cruz County. We hope you will find what you’re looking for here. If you know of a program or service not listed with us and which would benefit families, please let us know: info@santacruzparent.com.

Campus Kids Connection Camp
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Campus Kids Connection Camp

camp-campus-kids-connection-summerCampus Kids Connection, Inc. is excited to offer summer camp again this year. We offer a full day licensed program that will be held at Main Street Elementary, 3400 Main St, Soquel.

Summer camp is open to children who have completed kindergarten through completion of fifth grade. We will have three sessions throughout the summer. This year, our summer camp will include all on-site activities including sports, arts & crafts, science, games, outdoor activities, and opportunities for your child to have fun and make friends.  Our camp includes 2 snacks daily (please bring lunch from home).

Children will be grouped in stable cohorts of children and staff for each session. More information and registration links are available on our website at  www.campuskidsconnection.com.

The link for our information is:  http://www.campuskidsconnection.com/camps.html
Cartooning Classes for Kids
Address: 317 Hames Hollow, Aptos, CA
95003
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Cartooning Classes for Kids

Specializing in cartooning classes for kids of all ages, Kiwi Studios owner Jon Hastings has taught cartooning for nearly three decades to hundreds of students in schools, museums and civic arts programs. His classes are geared to all levels of ability and skill and can be customized to individuals or groups.

Jon Hastings, professional cartoonist, writer and art teacher, teaches you and/or your kids the semi-honorable art of CARTOONING directly right at you in your own home through the magic of ZOOM!

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  • Profesional toon-monkey for 27 years, teacher for 30
  • Has taught hundreds of students and the majority of them turned out OK!
  • Owns 75 Hawaiian shirts and if you want, will wear a different one for each class.
  • Has been known to tolerate children for several hours at a time.
  • Classes are $50/hour and scheduling is flexible.
  • Discount for multiple students.
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831-761-5494
CYT Musical Theater Day Camp
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Hands-on theater experience focused on building performance skills, self-confidence, and teamwork.
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CYT Musical Theater Day Camp

CYT Santa Cruz "Summer Cabaret" summer camps are a week-long musical theater day camp for students ages 4-18, and are offered July 5-9 in Scotts Valley and July 12-16 in Aptos. Camps are designed to create a hands-on theater experience, and are focused on building performance skills, self-confidence, and teamwork.

Our camps include rotations through drama, dance, and music, team activities like water day and a petting farm, a daily theme-related devotional, and an impressive concluding Cabaret Performance for an audience at our outdoor stage. There’s no better place for kids to learn about theater and have fun than in CYT’s positive and encouraging atmosphere - and every camper gets the opportunity to perform on stage!

https://www.cytsantacruz.org/camps/

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831)239-3821
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Custom newborn and maternity photography is your once-in-a-lifetime experience personalized to capture the natural story of your most recent family member and to create your heirloom customized art to own - for generations to come! Your journey of memories can begin at the maternity stage, documenting the glowing you at this unique stage of your life. Once your little one arrives, we create adorable newborn portraits that you and future generations can enjoy in your personal heirloom newborn album for years to come. We believe that your growing family deserves the honor of being artfully displayed instead of residing on a USB device hidden inside a drawer. I pride myself in offering the wonderful one-on-one experience you deserve and commit to telling your beautiful story of love and life by providing artfully customized products that withstand the lengths of time and can one day be handed to your children or loved ones as an invaluable family treasure! Becoming part of the eyeCatchLight Photography family marks the beginning of a journey, in which we unveil and portray your bonds and love, inner beauty, and emotion! We will begin your journey by chatting about your desired decor, wardrobe, location of your session, and where to place the finished portraits. We then view them in a reveal and selection session where you can purchase them as stunning heirloom wall art, legacy albums, luxury folio boxes, and more! All sessions are hand crafted and products are delivered to your home! I can't wait to work with you and create an unforgettable experience!
Address: Bayona Dr, Santa Cruz CA 95060
95060
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NEWBORN | FAMILY | WEDDING | BRANDING | COMMERCIAL Customized boutique portrait art for your home!
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HI, I'M SIMONE, I'M YOUR NEW PORTRAIT ARTIST!

I capture your moments of raw life and beauty with customized boutique photography and over ten years of experience!

newborn | family | weddings | professional

Custom photography is so much more than getting your professional picture taken! It is an experience personalized to capture your most natural story and to create your heirloom customized art to own - for generations to come! Your loved ones deserve the honor of being displayed!

(831) 600-8729
info@eyecatchlight.com

Santa Cruz, CA
Let's write your own story together!

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831.600.8729
Family Network Preschool
Address: 1225 Brommer St, Santa Cruz
95062
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We provide a socially-based enrichment program to children ages 2 years to entry into kindergarten. We believe play is the work of children. We believe an active child-centered environment supports the social, emotional, cognitive, and physical development of young children.
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family-network-preschoolFamily Network Preschool has been in operation since 1991. We provide a socially-based enrichment program to children ages 2 years to entry into kindergarten. We have a maximum of 25 preschool children per day. We have a student-teacher ratio of 6 to 1 or better. We encourage and support family involvement in our program through daily check-ins, home visits, conferences, and other activities and resources. Our goal is to create an environment in which families feel welcomed, supported, and appreciated.

We believe play is the work of children. Our belief is based on the research of Lev Vygotsky, a psychologist who argued that child development is the result of interactions between children and their social environment. Our school provides children with many opportunities to explore sensorimotor play, solitary play, cooperative play, physical play, and fantasy play.  Through play, children work on the development of personal awareness, socialization, emotional well-being, problem-solving, cognitive abilities, fine and gross motor skills, creativity, and language. As they play, children take in information and build upon what they already know, modifying and expanding their knowledge to accommodate new facts, feelings, and experiences. We want our children to be able to take the information they learn through play, and apply it to other experiences outside of school.

We believe an active child-centered environment supports the social, emotional, cognitive, and physical development of young children. When an educational program is child-centered and directed, it lets us know what the children want to learn, how they learn, and what they are ready to learn. We have created an environment that encourages children to become agents of their own learning. Inspired by the Reggio Emilia Approach, we view the environment as the third educator in the classroom. The Reggio Emilia Approach emphasizes that children best create meaning and make sense of their world in environments that provide consistency, variety, and opportunities to learn new skills and develop meaningful relationships with peers, teachers, and materials. Our environment is thoughtfully and purposefully designed, taking into consideration the children’s ages and stages of development. The curriculum in the classroom is planned yet open to modification based on the children’s emerging interests and ideas. And the children, through play, help to actively construct their learning environment.

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831-462-2535
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FIELDGUIDES Outdoor Education
Address: 3921 E Bayshore Rd, Palo Alto, CA
94303
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Join us this summer in the beautiful Trinity Alps Wilderness in Northern California!

Enjoy, learn about, and care for the outdoors. FIELDGUIDES is a small, non-profit, outdoor education organization focused on providing personalized camping and backpacking programs for schools and individuals.

Fieldguides Outdoor Education Summer Programs include:

Summer Backpacking (Ages 12-17)
15-day backpacking trips in the beautiful Trinity Alps, Russian, and Marble Wildernesses! Participants will spend 15-days hiking to gorgeous alpine lakes & exploring rich conifer forests. Sleeping out under the stars, cooking over fires, and making memories that will last a lifetime.

Wilderness Leadership Training (Ages 16-17)
Backcountry navigation, trail cooking, shelter building, wilderness first aid & emergency safety procedures. These are just some of topics explored during our Wilderness Leadership Training program! Participants will also discuss group dynamics, practice communication techniques and begin to understand the obligations of leadership.

Family Days (All ages!)
Bring your family for an incredible camping experience at a remote wilderness lake in the Camp Unalayee Basin! Fieldguides staff will take care of all your food and cooking needs as well as offer activities from hiking and swimming to boating and crafts!

Can't make it this summer? We also offer a variety of trips during the school year! Check out our "Individual Programs" page to learn more about our trips for families & individuals or our "School Programs" page to learn about our unique approach to environmental education for schools & youth groups.

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(650)969-6325
Four Points Youth Camp
Address: 9515 soquel drive suite 213
95003
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Four Points Youth Camp
Four Points Youth Camp is a brand new day camp in Aptos serving ages 5-15.
Four Points Youth Camp is a new summer day camp with activities designed to broaden every camper’s horizon. Serving campers in grades K-8, our activities include sports, arts and crafts, technology, and traditional camp games. We also offer a counselor-in-training program for teens 13-15 years old. These activities are designed to cater to each age group. With new unique themes each week, every camp session is a fresh experience.

Check out our activities: https://www.fourpointsyouthcamp.com/activities

Read about our Camp Director, Kasey Lindemann: https://santacruzparent.com/kasey-lindemann-leader-four-points-summer-camp/

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831-400-7740
Gateway School  K-8
Address: 255 Swift St., Santa Cruz CA 95060
95060
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Gateway School, founded in 1970, is an independent, co-ed day school in Santa Cruz, CA for students in grades Kindergarten through Middle School.
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Gateway School in Santa Cruz, California has provided families with an exceptional educational experience for 50 years. Students and alumni proudly embody the school's values and inspire future generations as Gateway embarks on its next 50 years.

Gateway School is an all gender day school for students in grades Kindergarten through 8th. We are a community dedicated to nurturing academic excellence and intellectual curiosity, high character and personal compassion, and individual agency and engagement.

We feature Art, Music, Spanish, Mindfulness, Life Lab Science, and a Makerspace as integral parts of our program, along with small classes, a gorgeous nine-acre campus, and a loving community of families.

We invite all families interested in Gateway School to visit, ask questions, and get to know our community! For more information and to schedule a tour, please email our Admissions Manager at admissions@gatewaysc.org or visit our website at www.gatewaysc.org.

Business Website Address: http://www.gatewaysc.org/
Business Phone Number: 831.423.0341

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Hike in Byrne-Milliron Forest
Address: 617 Water Street, Santa Cruz CA
95060
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Byrne-Milliron Forest

byrne-milliron-forest-2Byrne-Milliron Forest comprises 402 acres in the Corralitos area. Byrne became a part of the Trust in 1984, and Milliron (pronounced just as the two separate words ‘mill’ and ‘iron’) in 2008. The Land Trust owns and manages this property as a working forest, and takes pride in making it available to its members and the public. The forest is a lovely place to hike and explore, with panoramic views of the Pajaro Valley and Monterey Bay, and a 1,000 year old, 250-foot tall “Great White” redwood.

HIKERS: Please register each visit to the forest.

Driving Directions & Map to Byrne-Milliron Forest
Updated Byrne-Milliron Trail Map (July 2020)
Birds of Byrne-Milliron Forest
Reptiles of Byrne-Milliron Forest
Amphibians of Byrne-Milliron Forest

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(831) 429-6116
Little Trends Boutique
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little-trends-boutiqueLittle Trends Boutique

 

Little Trends Boutique carries a variety of clothing, accessories, shoes and toys specifically for children, made or sold by small, women-owned businesses, mainly in the United States.

We are two sisters-in-law who love shopping for our littles and wanted to create a site where anyone can shop for littles and support women-owned, small businesses while doing so.

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Mount Madonna School
Address: 491 Summit Road, Mount Madonna
95076
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MMS inspires creative growth, personal resilience and intellectual inquiry, where each child is visible, valued and prepared for life.
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Mount Madonna School

At MMS we strive to prepare well-rounded human beings who not only get into and succeed in college, but learn to value collaboration, form meaningful relationships and engage with their local communities, nation and the world. Come see education through our students’ eyes: Montessori-based Pre/K program, 375-acre campus, science and technology labs, competitive athletic program, outdoor adventure and life skills, regional, national and international travel, mixed-grade buddy program, marine biology and oceanography on Catalina Island, visual and performing arts.

For more than 40 years, Mount Madonna School has offered students a quality education based on academic excellence, positive character development and creative self-expression. Preschool through high school; fully accredited by the California Association of Independent Schools (CAIS) and Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).

Mount Madonna is a diverse learning community dedicated to creative, intellectual and ethical growth. We support our students to become caring, self-aware, and articulate individuals. We believe a fulfilling life includes personal accomplishments, meaningful relationships and service to society.

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  • Our learning community, which includes students, alumni, faculty, administrators, staff and families
  • Intellectual inquiry that fosters a love of learning, self-discipline and perseverance
  • Continual exploration of how our students learn best
  • The development of relationships based on self-acceptance, empathy, honesty, integrity, respectful communication and shared experiences
  • The transformative power of the creative process
  • Experiential outdoor learning that inspires an appreciation for nature, environmental stewardship and a sense of well-being
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Mount Madonna, Mountain of Fun Summer Camps
Address: 491 Summit Road
Mount Madonna,CA
95076
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Unplugged, Outdoors and Active: Redwood Horse Camp, Forest Play, Performing Arts, Nature Crafts
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mount-madonna-mountain-of-fun-summer-campMountain of Fun Summer Camps - Unplugged, Outdoors and Active!

2021 Camp Details

  • Redwood Horse Camp 
  • Forest Play
  • Performing Arts
  • Nature Crafts
  • New this year: Redwood Explorers for children ages 10-13
  • … and much more!

Monday-Friday 9:00am-3:30pm
Transportation available from Aptos, Corralitos, Gilroy and Morgan Hill

Register your child in Mount Madonna School’s Mountain of Fun summer day camps! Explore our 375 acre campus, nestled in the redwood forest of Mount Madonna, just a few miles down the road from Mount Madonna County Park between Gilroy and Watsonville. Take a virtual tour of Mount Madonna School.

Each camp program encourages and promotes creativity, cooperation and community building; and helps to foster campers’ self-discovery, empathy and compassion in action. Campers will develop their social, emotional, cognitive and physical skills while building lasting friendships in an outdoor setting!

MMS follows all COVID safety precautions and guidelines as directed from the CDC, the State of California, as well as the local health department. Social distancing and masks are required at all times. All programs are taught by experienced Mount Madonna School (MMS) teachers.

Safe transportation (additional fees apply) is available from Aptos, Corralitos, Gilroy and Morgan Hill.

Campers remain on the school campus all day; or may choose to participate in our afternoon horsemanship program (additional fees apply) at Mt. Madonna Stables (located just down the road from campus – transportation is included with this portion of the program).

Please choose one of the following based on your child’s age: 

New this year!
Redwood Explorers: A Middle School Experience, ages 10-13

Week of July 19 (SOLD OUT!) $375/week

This camp will feature Harry Potter-themed performing arts, sports, art and cool, hands-on science projects. Campers will have a small, safe social circle of friends for active fun and creative activities with opportunities each day to explore the mountain away from computer screens:

Add your child to the waitlist!

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Mountain Explorers, ages 5-10*

Weeks of July 12 and July 19 (SOLD OUT!) $375/week

Elementary aged campers will have the opportunity to experience a week of no-screen time with plenty of outdoor exploration, gardening, performing arts, arts, crafts and story time.

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*Your child will be assigned to either the Deer Group (ages 5 – 7) or Hawk Group (ages 8 – 10) and will spend the majority of their time with similar-aged peers.

Afternoon Horseback Riding Lessons, ages 5-13

Weeks of July 12 and July 19 (SOLD OUT!)
Half day option only; add $100 to MMS summer camp tuition
Children ages 5-13 are invited to enjoy afternoons of learning about horses at Mt. Madonna Stables.

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The Redwoods on Horseback (full day), ages 5-13

Weeks of July 26 and August 2 (SOLD OUT!)
9:00-am-3:00pm; $500/week

Enjoy a full day of learning about horses at Mt. Madonna Stables.

Add your child to the waitlists!

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(408) 847-2717
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Musical Me
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Musical Me

Musical Me has been proudly serving the Santa Cruz and Santa Clara counties for over 20 years, bringing music into the lives and homes of families with children from birth to 8 years. When you join our program, you're not just getting "a class", you are embarking on a journey of music making with your little one that will produce benefits to last a lifetime. You see, here at MusicalMe, we know that music is not just for those who aspire to play in an orchestra or sing on stage, it is for EVERYONE.

Because Music Learning Supports All Learning®, we know how valuable music is to every single child, and now you do too! So give your child the lasting gift of music, and come join a class. The first one is on us!

Call/Text: 831-332-9002

Email: registrar@MusicalMe.com

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Nature Explorers Camps
Address: 1305 East Cliff Dr., Santa Cruz, CA
95062
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Nature Explorers Camps

Nature Explorers Camps for youth entering Kindergarten through 6th grade are offered June 21 through August 6 and scholarships are available! Kids experience hands-on learning, create fun crafts, and make new friends in nature.

Explore nature with the Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History! Featuring family-friendly events, free admission for youth under the age of 18, and weeklong day camps, the Museum offers many ways to explore, both through interactive exhibits and experiences outside in nature.

Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History

https://www.santacruzmuseum.org/camp/
1305 E. Cliff Dr., Santa Cruz, CA 95060
(831) 420-6115
info@santacruzmuseum.org
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Orchard School
Address: 2288 Trout Gulch Road, Aptos, CA
95003
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Orchard School

We are a K-6 non-profit private elementary school, situated on a 14-acre campus, with a large, organic garden, an animal program, rich hands-on opportunities in science, math and language arts and a dedication to the arts. Our campus is an integral part of the student experience at Orchard School.

Teachers use every opportunity to bring the learning outside and allow children to interact with nature. In science, students might spend weeks tracking the bird activity around bird feeders they built in a carpentry elective. In math, they might develop word problems based on counting legs, heads and tails of our farm animals.

In language arts, they might gather for centering yoga activities under the trees, or to write poems about key features on campus.

We know that children are happier when they develop a concrete relationship with the Earth and when they get to learn while moving their bodies.

Email: info@orchardschoolaptos.org

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831-688-1074
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Santa Cruz County Parks Camps
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Santa Cruz County Parks Camps

Art & Science Camps

Art Studio 95003 - Designed to introduce various media to participants, build drawing and painting skills, and instill a life-long love for creating art. Students will have a chance to express themselves using a variety of techniques in the following areas: drawing, painting, printmaking and collage.

Science Exploration - Are you looking for a fun time this summer? Have you ever wanted to launch a rocket? Are you curious about how our muscles work, or the difference between acids and bases? Would you like to hike in a creek? You could do all this and more at this NEW science camp, which has a fun, hands-on science focus. We’ll also enjoy active games everyday.

La Selva Beach Summer Camp - Register your 6-12 year old child for a fun-filled summer of games, arts; crafts, sports, cooking, field trips, and SUMMER ADVENTURE TRIPS! Participants will be divided into groups for age-appropriate activities. The staff to child ratio is 1:14 or less on site and 1:8 for field trips.

Day Camps at Quail Hollow Ranch

Baseball Camps at Polo Grounds County Park

Zombie Camp - You will learn how to protect yourself and your fellow villagers from zombies with essential stealth and survival skills. Learn how to find shelter, shoot an arrow, forage for edibles, locate drinking water, pack a bug-out bag, develop emergency plans, and a variety of other skills (like orienteering and first aid) you’ll need to be prepared to survive a zombie invasion!

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Santa Cruz Micro-School
Address: Santa Cruz
95060
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An elementary micro-school located in beautiful Santa Cruz California.
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santa-cruz-micro-schoolInterested in giving your child an individualized education based on their academic and emotional needs? Consider joining me at the Santa Cruz Micro-School for the 2021/2022 school year!

I began the Santa Cruz Micro-School last year as a homeschooling pod created to give students in person schooling during the Covid-19 pandemic. Over the past year, it has blossomed into a small school that has fostered incredible student growth. I have been so excited by the amazing learning I’ve witnessed this past year that I’ve decided to begin a new pod next year.

I am currently looking for families that are interested in joining my Micro-School for the 2021-2022 school year. I have multiple openings for students ages 4-11. Contact me, Deirdre Sullivan, the director and head teacher to discuss the learning opportunities for the next school year.

I am a certified teacher with over ten years of working experience in education. I have taught all grades PK-5 and have experience with english as a second language, special education, behavioral support, and Montessori strategies.

At the Santa Cruz Micro-School, I create a curriculum for each student based on their individual needs and learning styles.

If you are interested in joining the conversation about the coming school year and or have any questions, please contact me.

Deirdre, santacruzmicroschool@gmail.com  -  https://www.facebook.com/Santa-Cruz-Micro-School-100625162180466

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Seahorse Swim School Summer Programs
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Seahorse Swim School Summer Programs

Seahorse Swim School teaches water safety while increasing overall fitness. Our students are taught with patience, encouragement and expertise.

  • Beginning Spring 2021 we will offer:
    Private, semi-private swim lessons & custom classes within the same family, living under the same roof OR those in learning or play PODS. (March to October)
  • 2 locations to serve you: Seascape Sports Club in Aptos & Tiffany Harmon’s Seahorse Swim Academy (Academy open May to September).
  • Due to COVID-19, programs with * are not available till further notice.
  • Group lessons *
  • Parent Tot (Baby Swim classes) (6 months+) *
  • Jr. Guard Prep class in combination with our Non – Competitive Swim Team *
  • Pool Guard Summer Camps (one week camps) *
  • American Red Cross Lifeguard Certification & Water Safety Instructor (WSI) Courses. *

http://seahorseswimschool.com/

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The Gan Home Daycare
Address: 2219 Juan Pablo Lane S. Cruz
95062
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The Gan Home Daycare

The Gan is a small, in-home daycare where your child will enjoy a safe, clean, and loving environment infused with Jewish values and traditions. A safe, warm, homey, and nurturing environment for your little one! Every day is filled with learning experiences.

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831-428-1804

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