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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.


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 132 Reviews Leave A Review
Sarah Delacruz • Google
My daughter has been going here since she was 6 weeks old and she is almost a year now. She has learned so much from being here. With in a week she was rolling over. The teachers Savannah and Sydney are always there to answer any of my questions that I may have and they always tell me at pickup how her day was. I really love having my child here and feel at ease going to work everyday. The assistant director and the director are always so welcoming when you walk through the front door in the morning.
Annie Rose Taylor • Google
From the day I walked into Cadence I knew there was a difference in the care given. From 6 months to 11 months I have seen my baby flourish in the baby room. She has changed from an uncertain, frustrated baby into a funny, happy little human- so much of that is from the kind, confident care at Cadence. I love being able to send my little one to a place I know she will be happy all day!
allie cutts • Google
Cadence Academy is the best preschool! My daughter has been going there since she was crawling and it has been the best experience! The teachers are amazing and the directions are so kind and helpful! I think it’s absolutely amazing that not just the directors but ALL the teachers know each and every child by their name! I would recommend Cadence Academy to everyone that has young children!
Kaitlynn Hughes • Google
Prior to our son attending Pusch Ridge he was at another nearby daycare that to say the least was absolutely awful. We were on a waitlist for several months and when an opening finally came up at Pusch Ridge he was attending within a few days. I cannot say enough positive things about the entire center/staff. One of the main reasons we chose this daycare was because of the cameras, to give us the ability to check in our son whenever we were wanted. Everyone was incredibly sweet and welcoming to our son. You could truly tell that the teachers cared very much for the children. Ms. Becca & Ms. Taylor were just incredibly amazing. There aren’t enough words to say for the love and care they provided for our son everyday. Overall the entire staff, even teachers who weren’t in our sons class still new him and just truly cared about him. The center overall is just well put together and is ran very smoothly. The directors Heather & Andrea were ALWAYS available which was incredibly helpful. They sent out several emails over the course of our sons first few weeks asking us how things were going and if there were any concerns and addressed everything promptly. And the huge fish tank in the front was always a favorite of our sons! Overall, I would never have my son attend another daycare nor recommend one other than Pusch Ridge.

Cadence Academy Preschool

Oro Valley, AZ

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Preparing Your Child To THRIVE

Your child is unique, and we are happy to provide an educational, fun, and nurturing environment where each child can develop and thrive in order to build a bright future with unlimited possibilities.