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Welcome to Cadence Academy Preschool (formerly Mini-Skool Early Learning Center) in the Craycroft neighborhood of Tucson, 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 playgrounds the most because the world around them is often as vivid as their burgeoning imaginations: with our school located just outside the main gate of Davis Monthon Air Force Base, an array of aircraft in various shapes and sizes fly past every day.

Our Philosophy

At Cadence Academy Preschool, we focus on developing the whole child. Our 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 Tucson. 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.

More About Our School

We’re located on the central-east side of the city in the Craycroft area. Our exact address is 1702 South Craycroft Road, Tucson, AZ, 85711. You’ll find our school in between 22nd and 29th streets. Nearby neighborhoods include Freedom Park and Myers Ganoung. We’re also very close to the Main Gate of the Davis Monthon Air Force Base and the housing communities that serve it.

For families taking advantage of our excellent Before and After School Program, we provide free transportation to and from the following schools: Meyers Elementary School, Bonillas Elementary School, Erikson Elementary School, Wheeler Elementary School, and CRS Charter School.

Our Team

Vivian Don Pena

Vivian Don Pena

School Director

My name is Vivian Pena. I am a Tucson Native. I have four boys. I have been blessed with thirteen grandchildren. I enjoy spending time with family but most of all spending time with my grandchildren. My home is always filled with the sound of playing children with lots of laughter and giggles. I have been in the childcare field for more than twenty years. I have been with Mini-Skool since 1992. I have worked with Tucson Unified School District where I worked in food service. My passion and my heart is working in the childcare field. I have numerous Early Childhood Training hours and I am currently looking forward to going back to school to obtain a certificate in Early Childhood Education. Please stop by to visit Mini-Skool on Craycroft I would love to show you around the center and introduce you to the wonderful staff!

Ana Christina Solis

Ana Christina Solis

Assistant Director

My name is Ana (Christina) Solis I have been a childcare provider for over 10 years. I have experience in caring for children 6 weeks to 12 years old. My passion is working with school-age children. I love working with children creating arts and crafts, playing outdoors and keeping children in a safe environment. I am an enthusiastic, fun and responsible person.I love quotes and this is one of my favorites: “children don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care” Anonymous

Rosalyn Turner

Rosalyn Turner


Rosalyn Turner has been with Mini-Skool since 1997. Throughout my years of service I have seen many children grow into adults and have stop by to visit and thank me for caring for them as a young child. Some even have children of their own. It brings me such pleasure to see them and listen to what they have accomplished in their lives. I have four children and three grandbabies that I just adore.I enjoy going to church reading my bible and listening to Christian music. I also love doing crossword puzzles and love to draw. I am so happy to be part of Mini-Skool for the past 19 years.

Reviews from Parents

4.5 Rating based on 55 Reviews
Angel Bradford • Google
October 02, 2021
Christina Huerta • Google
September 03, 2021
Love the way each and every teachers are with my children. They all know them by name makes they feel very special. Love this school
Carina C. • Yelp
August 13, 2021
Ladies are kind, welcoming environment. They remember the kids name and are nice to them. This is the first time I've done daycare for my infant and I was nervous because we're new to the area and I was scared of leaving her at a daycare, but they've been nothing but kind to her. I appreciate these ladies for caring for my little ones.
Marieteresa Aicrag • Facebook
August 11, 2021
I have been in child care 23 years. so when looking for a daycare/preschool program, I am a bit observant, I love the staff , Ms vivian and Ms Christina run an amazing school. I feel very comfortable leaving my children in their care. the teachers are amazing & Always let me know how the kids day was. I highly recommend this place .

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