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Welcome to Cadence Academy Preschool, Prairie City in beautiful and historic Folsom, California. Formerly known as The Phoenix Schools, we’ve been offering child care and early education programs since 1998 and our mission is start every one of our kids on the path towards a lifetime love of learning!

Our staff is committed to creating an exceptional preschool environment where young children can feel at home. Our preschool center has separate playgrounds for our preschoolers and toddlers. Both playgrounds are large and open, which allows for creative play and exploration. Outside activities include parachute play, obstacle courses, and we engage in lots of water play when weather permits. We are also proud to offer specialty classes such as Gymtyme, Jazzerettes, and Kinderdance.

Our Programs

Kind Child

Kind Child Program LogoKind Child is a program that allows us to focus on the social and emotional development of each child in our care. We encourage our preschool students to adopt valuable character traits such as a Responsibility, Respect, and Empathy and continually work on social-emotional skills as a regular part of our Ascend Curriculum. We have found that when we focus on the emotional well-being of our students, we also strengthen our school!

Our Educational Philosophy

Kindergarten Club LogoWe believe in making the most of your child’s first educational experiences. Our school has wonderful education programs that are connected through our skill-based Ascend Curriculum. Important skills are taught at every age level and fine-tuned just before kindergarten in Kindergarten Club.

Our curriculum is flexible and we encourage our teachers to tailor activities to the interests and current skill level of each child so that these educational experiences are engaging, challenging, and fun! Our goal is to recognize where each child is on a particular skill and then take them to the next step without comparing them to other students. Activities can be modified to provide more challenge or more support and we celebrate the achievement of important milestones at every age.

Getting to Our Preschool

The Cadence Academy Preschool, Prairie City is conveniently located just 1/2 mile north of the Lincoln Highway in Folsom, California. You’ll want to take the Prairie City Rd exit. Our preschool center is located at 640 Willard Drive in Folsom, CA, 95630, which is on the northeast corner of Willard Drive and Prairie City Road. We’re just down the street from Intel and Folsom High School.

Our Team

Karen Gisler

Karen Gisler


I graduated from University of the Pacific with a BA in Physical Education and a minor in child development. Both my son and daughter attended Phoenix School Preschool and elementary and had a great experience which helped them be the great teenagers they are today. I started as a two year old teacher in 1998 and then moved to a three’s teacher two years later. I have been in the teaching profession for over 30 years and have worked with all ages. I currently live in Folsom with my husband and two children and in our free time you can usually find me at one of my children’s baseball or softball games. I enjoy reading, cooking, and hanging out with friends and family.

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.