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About Cadence Academy Preschool in Oro Valley

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.

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 through 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.

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Our Team

Desiree Alvarez

Desiree Alvarez

Assistant Director

I started working in early childhood education in 2009 as an Infant Teacher. In 2016, I was promoted to a Program Specialist and then to a Assistant Director in 2018. What I like most about early childhood education is being able to make an impact in young children’s lives. Building strong foundations for children is important for their success. Each day is unique and a new adventure!

In my free time, I like spending time with my children and family. We enjoy watching movies together and trying new places to eat. We also enjoy taking family vacations. Disneyland is one of our favorite places to go as a family! My hobbies include watching U of A Men’s Basketball and playing cards. I also enjoy having family game nights!


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.

We felt incredibly comfortable the moment we walked in the door...

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Parents share how our unique, educational, and nurturing environment helps their children thrive and build a bright future with unlimited possibilities.

Reviews from Parents

4.8 Rating based on 130 Reviews Leave A Review
Cassandra • Google
This is our first experience with daycare, we’re first time parents and we were fortunate to have our son at home until he was 15 months then we started here. It’s like a second family. We love it here! The teachers are so friendly and they all seem to love our son. He’s moved up to different rooms as he’s gotten older and all his old teachers still say hi and greet us! He has made so many friends, learned songs, stories, and they do so many activities we’re always bringing home projects! Whenever I have a question or concern, even if it seems silly they never make it feel that way, they’re understanding and kind. Kids are hard and I’m sure this job is not easy but they all seem to enjoy it! Thank you for everything!
Brenda Gonzalez • Google
My baby has been coming here for almost 2 months now. I almost wrote a review earlyon but I'm so glad I waited. I'd say the first month was rough. She hated it, I didn't know if this place was the reason or if it was her being too sensitive since it was her first time being away from mommy as a 12 month old. At first I didn't feel the warmness or didn't really know how attentive the teachers were or if this was even worth the price. Let me tell you what I think now. Give it a chance if you have any doubt! This place is actually very top notch. It's a well kept, beautiful facility. Everyone works to keep it clean inside & outside of the rooms. You have so many perks coming here. You get constant eyes with the cameras and get awesome updates with the app. Everything is included like the napper, food & milk & any activities they do. The food offered is fresh, healthy & is constantly changing. Anytime I have ever had a concern I would call & they immediately fixed it. They always have cute activities for the babies & fun ways to include parents for different events. I can't imagine going anywhere else now. My baby learned to be independent here & I see her actually enjoying herself now. The teachers are very loving. They cared if she was happy or not which means everything to me. I'm so glad to see a bond now. I can finally be at peace knowing she is so well taken care of while I work. Thank you miss Arianna, Sydney, Andrea & Heather. We are very happy & love seeing our baby smile & recieve all the love, affection & attention you give.
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Michael Marek • Google
The most amazing staff! Ms. Sidney has been with our baby from her first day. We could not have imagined a more engaged, loving teacher and we love all the arts and crafts she makes with you. Ms. Lynn gets a happy squeeze from our girl when she sees her everyday. She loves spending time with you. We love your snuggles with her and just appreciate you.

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Oro Valley, AZ

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