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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

4.7 Rating based on 53 Reviews
Kaylon Hammond • Google
May 04, 2021
Danielle Tyler • Facebook
April 20, 2021
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.
Lisa Lowry • Google
March 10, 2021
Cadence and the teachers have been amazing--our son loves them. His teachers share little anecdotes about his day and are as enthusiastic as we are when he hits development milestones. Cadence has felt like an extension of our family for the last couple of years.
Jennifer H. • Yelp
February 28, 2021
We love being part of the Cadence Academy I Street community! Our son is in the Panthers class, and Ms. Shannon and Ms. Abby have really been outstanding teachers for him. He is developing solid numeracy and literacy skills, and he is growing socially and emotionally. We're confident that he will be well-prepared for kindergarten in the fall based on his experiences. The school's leadership is excellent, and they have handled the pandemic admirably. Also important: the meals and snacks here are delicious (yay, Ms. Keana)! We are so glad we made the switch from Montessori to Cadence!

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