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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

4.8 Rating based on 56 Reviews
Kayla McCoy • Facebook
June 23, 2021
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!
Ashlie S. • Yelp
June 22, 2021
I have been so pleased with the care that my Daughter has received at Cadence. We were originally in a different daycare but I am so glad that Ms. Bethel called me from the wait list. I jumped ship quick lol. My daughter is now 10 months and I see a huge difference in her motor skills, she's very talkative and hitting all of her milestones, and with me working full time, I know its the Staff at Cadence that is definitely helping with her hitting all of her goals. I love the art projects that are done with my baby. She is very well fed and really seems to enjoy going to daycare. Thank you to all the Staff!
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.

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