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Welcome to Cadence Academy Preschool, I Street in Sacramento, CA! Formerly known locally as The Phoenix Schools, our preschool offers nurturing child care and early education programs for ages 6 weeks – 6 years that are proven to prepare young minds for future academic success! Our skill-based approach to early childhood education balances social-emotional, physical, and intellectual development so that every child feels supported and challenged while engaging in their first educational experiences.

Our preschool campus has a spacious rooftop playground that features two separate playgrounds: one for our infants and toddlers ages 10 months – 24 months, and another larger preschool playground for children 2-6 years of age.

Our Preschool’s Programs

Kind Child

Kind Child Program LogoKind Child is an important part of our monthly curriculum and the perfect way for us to encourage friendships in our classrooms. We focus on social-emotional skills every month and the development of valuable character traits every two months. We encourage our preschool children to develop a Positive Self-Image and to adopt other traits like Responsibility, Thankfulness, and Respect. We love our Kind Child program because it allows us to elevate the emotional well-being of our students and staff!

Kind Community

We also want to spread kindness into our community, so community involvement is a regular part of life at Cadence Academy Preschool. We operate in connection with the Sacramento Downtown Partnership and our center is continuously involved local volunteer opportunities and community celebrations. We host events such as the Harvest Festival, Back to School Night, Parents’ Night Out, Muffins with Mom, and Donuts with Dad throughout the year. We also enjoy giving back through donations to Loaves and Fishes, as well as doing our annual Trike-A-Thon in support of St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital.

Getting to Our School

Looking for daycare services for your little one or a new preschool? We offer the highest quality childcare and early education you’ll find in Downtown Sacramento and we encourage you to schedule a visit. Our preschool center on the first floor of the Riverview Plaza, which is less than a mile east of I-5 at 600 I St, Sacramento, CA 95814. Give us a call today!

Our Team

Bethel Rusch

Bethel Rusch


I have 7 years of experience and a BA in Child Development. I hold a California Site Supervisor permit as well. Originally from Montana but having grown up in Susanville, California for most of my life, I have lived in Sacramento for the past 9 years. My family includes my husband, Calvin, and my daughter, Eloise. I enjoy living an active lifestyle; such as Pilates and running.

Reviews from Parents

4.6 Rating based on 58 Reviews Leave A Review
Kayla McCoy • Facebook
We have had our daughter at Cadence for a few months now and she is flourishing. Putting your child into care for the first time is always challenging, then add in a pandemic, and my mama anxiety was through the roof. Bethel and all of the teachers at Cadence made the transition so smooth. They put a lot of our concerns at ease. Our little girl is doing so well with the transition from being at home with mom and dad all day to full time care like a champ. I commend the amazing teachers for giving our daughter a place to learn, play, and grow! Thank you all!
Danielle Tyler • Facebook
My son has been attending Cadence since he was about 4 months old. The teachers are great! Since they have an actual curriculum, he’s learning so much more than if he were at home. He’s three now and can count to 20 (more or less), he knows his alphabet and is learning what letters words start with. He knows his colors and he’s even learning words in Spanish, which I think is awesome (and which we really need to do better keeping up practice with at home). He’s also got a little group of friends and since he’s a single child, socialization at school is a big deal. Big bonus: they feed the kids actual food! Their cook is amazing and somehow gets my kid to eat even his veggies, which I’m very thankful for since he refuses all green things at home. I would definitely recommend Cadence Academy to anyone looking for a good daycare or preschool.
Ken Petruzzelli • Facebook
We’ve had our son at the Cadence School since he was 8 months old. They’ve become our second family and helped us immensely as first time parents. We returned in August 2020, with the COVID-19 pandemic continuing. However the school has extensive safety protocols and sticks to them.
Tyra Smith • Facebook
I truly enjoy this school. My oldest daughter has been going here for eight months now and she has been learning so much. Improving on her speech and also making new friends. She is shy and now all she talks about are her friends at school. My youngest daughter just started here the beginning of this week and I’m excited to see all new things she will be learning here. Their dad definitely enjoys this school and the events we get to attend with our kids.

Cadence Academy Preschool

Sacramento, CA

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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.