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Welcome to Cadence Academy Preschool (formerly Pusch Ridge Preschool) located in Oro Valley, Arizona, where little kids play with big ideas and have fun learning every day! We offer a unique, research-directed curriculum for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers, as well as special programs for school-age kids.

About Cadence Academy Preschool

Parents and children love the warm, homey environment at Cadence Academy Preschool. Smiling teachers and staff greet families each morning, even comforting little ones who aren’t ready to part from their mommies and daddies for the day.

Classrooms are cozy and inviting, offering colorful, appealing, and age-appropriate toys and equipment. Perhaps kids love the playground the most because the world around them is often as vivid as their burgeoning imaginations.

Our Philosophy

At Cadence Academy Preschool, we focus on developing the whole child. Our Ascend Curriculum is designed to foster cognitive, emotional, social, and physical growth all while keeping kids having a great time every day.

What Makes Us Unique

Cadence Academy Preschool has been preparing children for success in primary school and beyond for over 20 years. Many of our teachers and staff have been with us for more than 10 years—a fact that reflects their commitment to the education and well being of the children of Oro Valley. Since so many families opt to enroll all of their kids in our early learning center, we even offer a sibling discount to show our appreciation of their loyalty to us. With a loving and caring staff ready to embrace you and your child, we look forward to you becoming a part of our family.

Parents receive peace of mind by using Watch Me Grow, our web-based camera system. Parents also receive on-going, daily communication about their child’s day using KidReports, our web-based communication system.

More About Our School

We’re located between El Conquistador Way and Pusch View Lane in Oro Valley. Our exact address is 10361 North Oracle Road, Oro Valley, AZ 85737.

Breakfast and a hot, nutritious lunch are made on-premises by our full-time cook and served each day, along with regularly scheduled snacks.

For families taking advantage of our excellent Before and After School Program, we provide free transportation to and from neighborhood elementary schools.

Our Team

Andrea Morris

Andrea Morris


I have been working in the childcare field for over 20 years. I started my career as an Assistant Director and worked as a Lead Teacher and Special Needs Coordinator before taking the Director position. I am married have two children. I love spending time with my family and friends any chance I get.

Lindsey McWhirter

Lindsey McWhirter

Assistant Director

My name is Lindsey McWhirter. I am so glad to be part of your child’s education path. I have worked in early childhood education since 2006. I recently graduated from Pima Community College with my associate in Early Childhood Studies. On my spare time I enjoy going shopping, taking dance classes and watching reruns of I Love Lucy. I started dance when I was four years old and has been a large passion in my life. I grew up in Casa Grande, AZ and I moved to Tucson in 2008. I was a substitute teacher for the Casa Grande Elementary School District for a year and then moved to Chandler, AZ to work for preschool. I worked with the twos and threes at this center and was there for two and a half years. I then moved to Tucson and was a threes and Pre-K teacher. I started at Pusch Ridge Preschool in 2011 as the toddler teacher and became the assistant director in 2014. I look forward to getting to know you and your child.

Patty Baker

Patty Baker

Hello my name is Patty Baker. I was raised in Chicago, IL. My husband and I moved here to Tucson in 1997. I have four daughters; Mary, Anna, Cathrine and Carolyn. In my spare time I play bingo and bunco with my friends! I also enjoy a good novel. I love spending time with my family and going on vacations. I enjoy going on walks with my dog, Charlie! I have been working at Pusch Ridge Preschool and Kindergarten since October of 2005 and I have been in the Early Education field for over 30 years. I have had the privilege of working with all ages in the childcare setting. I volunteer at the Northwest Hospital and Relay for Life. I have an Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education. I believe that children learn through play and it is very important for their growth and development.



Hi my name is Debbie. I was born in Arkansas but moved to Tucson as a baby and was raised here. I am married to my wonderful husband and he is from Pennsylvania and has lived in Arizona since 1990. We have six children and 14 grandchildren and growing. I love to be able to visit all of my family that are in Arizona and out of state. I have worked with children since 1993, I have been a teacher/classroom supervisor at a private Christian school and more recently in childcare/preschool facilities. I have taken several classes in early childhood development and teaching. I am always willing to learn about new methods to improve teaching young children. I enjoy working with children and watching them learn new exciting things. I especially like to design classroom projects to inspire learning while having fun in the process. I look forward to providing a wonderful learning environment for your child.


NAEYC Accreditation

Every child deserves access to high-quality early learning experiences. NAEYC (National Association for the Education of Young Children) has set 10 standards for early childhood programs that can help families make the right choice when they are looking for a child care center, preschool, or kindergarten. The standards and criteria are also the foundation of the NAEYC Accreditation system for early childhood programs. To earn NAEYC Accreditation, schools must go through an extensive self-study and quality-improvement process, followed by an on-site visit by NAEYC Assessors to verify and ensure that the program meets each of the ten program standards, and hundreds of corresponding individual criteria. NAEYC-accredited programs are always prepared for unannounced quality-assurance visits during their accreditation term, which lasts for five years. In the 30 years since NAEYC Accreditation was established, it has become a widely recognized sign of high-quality early childhood education. More than 7,000 programs are currently accredited by NAEYC—less than 10 percent of all child care centers, preschools, and kindergartens nationally achieve this recognition.

Reviews from Parents

4.9 Rating based on 168 Reviews
Jenah L. • Yelp
October 18, 2021
We absolutely loved having our daughter attend Cadence (previously Pusch Ridge). My husband and I were originally very skeptical of daycare, but needed childcare for our daughter this year. The director Andrea answered every one of my questions, and made it feel more like a school versus your typical daycare. My daughter loved her infant room teachers, and her toddler room teachers once she transitioned. The school has cameras, so you're able to watch your child anytime you want. They take pictures of the kids doing activities, keep you updated on when their diaper is changed, when they're fed, etc. My daughter has already learned so many skills in just the three months she has been enrolled. It truly feels like an educational experience, rather than a place where people just keep an eye on your child. We absolutely love them, and know you will too!
Monica Erbacher • Google
September 17, 2021
My partner and I are typical overly anxious, first time parents. We are very privileged to have had 6 months with our baby while working from home before starting school/day care. When the day came to take our baby to Pusch Ridge/Cadence Academy, I was a little excited and mostly terrified. Who could possibly learn all of our baby’s cues, all his likes and dislikes, all the little things that have to happen to keep his silent reflux bearable throughout the day? Thank goodness we chose this place! Our baby absolutely loves going to Pusch Ridge/Cadence Academy, and it’s the phenomenal teachers in the Angel Fish room and the baby:teacher ratio that Pusch Ridge/Cadence Academy chooses to maintain that make this possible. He smiles when we talk about “going to school”. Sometimes, when we pick him up, he leans back towards the classroom and doesn’t want to leave just yet. After one week in the classroom, he was in a routine, happy, and excited to go each day. It is amazing to see and warms our hearts. Second, we can’t say enough good things about Sydney, Savannah, and Sarah, the Angelfish Teachers. They are beyond amazing. They are so attentive to his cues and how they change from month to month as he grows. They are so conscientious about what he’s feeling, what he’s trying to communicate, and what he needs. They are so warm and kind and caring. We appreciate everything they do on a daily basis to help him feel comfortable and grow socially, cognitively, and physically. We often watch the Angelfish room cameras for 5-10 minutes around lunchtime, because we miss our baby. I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve seen the Angelfish Teachers sit with the babies in a circle and sing/clap a song or have the babies explore a themed set of toys all together. They dance with the babies, rock them in rocking chairs, play on the floor, take them out for a brief wagon ride (wagon has safety harnesses for each kid), they facilitate a nice balance of social and independent play, and there are plenty of tools/toys to help babies of any age get experience with physical development, like bouncers, learning walkers, swings, play mats, and even a very very shallow padded foam “slide”! On top of all of this, the Angelfish Teachers do a phenomenal job of making sure the babies’ physical needs are met as they arise. Third, they are so detail oriented in their communication! We are so grateful that we can access how much he’s eaten, slept, etc., in the app and can’t imagine logging all that for multiple babies. They even include notes about how events went if anything is slightly different from usual. The pictures they upload to the app are wonderful!! Above and beyond all that, the brief conversations we have when we drop off our baby and pick him up really demonstrate how phenomenally caring, kind, detail-oriented, and attentive they are. They have such wonderful insights about how his day went when we pick him up. They really pay attention to how each baby’s day went, what went well, what might linger into the evening, etc. I don’t know how they do it! They are saints and masterminds! Last, despite being an overly anxious parent who brought in way, way too much information about our baby that first week, not once has Savannah, Sydney, or Sarah made me feel like I was too much or a burden. They are so, so kind and understanding about parent anxieties. It means more than I can say. In sum, we don’t know how the Angelfish Teachers do what they do day in and day out. We are so relieved and grateful that our baby is safe, healthy, and so, so happy with them!! He has grown so fast socially, cognitively, and physically because of their hard work. Thank you, thank you, thank you for everything! And thank you so much to Pusch Ridge/Cadence Academy for intentionally keeping the baby:teacher ratio low and keeping such great, updated toys/swings/etc. in the rooms.
Sharlene Ashworth • Facebook
August 30, 2021
Friendly and loving staff!! Awesome school!!
Neda • Facebook
July 27, 2021
If you look for safe, clean place with high resources and great staff and place where your kid will learn and improve, this is absolutely the right place.

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