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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 63 Reviews
Jenna Teter Guillen • Google
September 29, 2021
Cadence Academy has been the best experience for us as parents and our daughter Royce. She started at 11 weeks old and from the beginning they took specific measures to ensure she could bond with the teachers to feel comfortable and learn to trust them. They’ve been accommodating when we need to switch around care days and have often allowed Royce to come with only a 24 hours notice. We trust Cadence and the measures they take to make Royce feels safe and secure. They provide healthy and balanced food for the kids and are willing to stay within any requirements if food you have for your child, to the best of they abilities. We truly feel great about our experience and know Royce enjoys the 2-3 days a week she’s there as she’s smiling in almost every photo!
Stephanie C. • Yelp
September 28, 2021
My kids have attended cadence Academy since 2017. I have a four year old, a two-year-old, and a one year old. The Director (Bethel) is the absolute best! The teachers are very kind nice and loving. My kids love going there and are excited to go to school and learn. This location is the absolute best and I recommend them to all my friends and family looking for care all the time. If you're looking for a great place for your children to grow learn and thrive this is it. I'm not sure about other cadence Academy locations but the one on 600 I Street is the best.
T. C. • Yelp
September 27, 2021
Our daughter has been at the downtown location of Cadence Academy since she was 5 months old. Let me tell you, when you are having to find childcare for your firstborn, jitters, doubts, and regrets will plague you for the first month or two. As a working mom I kept wondering if I should reduce my hours or quit. How could I possibly leave my precious baby in the care of someone who wasn't family? I worried about the care she was getting, whether they would find her crying and habit of not napping annoying and neglect her, whether the facilities were new or clean enough and should I instead find a way to schlep her out to Roseville or Elk Grove instead of keeping her downtown near my office. Any mom will tell you, our ability to find random things to worry about are endless. I know especially before our babies are mobile or verbal, it is especially hard to trust that your kiddos are being taken care of, but you will be able to tell by how your kid takes to the teachers that they really are loved at school. In the last 3 years, without exception, my daughter has formed attachments with all of her teachers in every single class she's been in as she's moved up at this daycare. They are all wonderful and loving and playful and engaging. She is happy at dropoff 98% of the time (and all kids will have a few clingy days). When I have questions about how she's doing they are always available to tell me about her day and chat at dropoff or pickup. Even the front office staff (the director and assistant director) know my daughter and know how she's doing because they are in the classrooms regularly seeing how the kids are doing. There is an open door policy for parents to drop by and check in any time during the day if you want to see for yourself how your babies are doing. Beyond just being taken care of, my 3 year old is absolutely on track to being kindergarten ready. As she's grown, the teachers have made sure to provide developmentally appropriate activities that help them hit all their milestones--from walking to talking to singing to potty training to holding a pencil correctly, to coloring (mostly) in the lines, to letter and number recognition. She would not be where she is today without her teachers. Enrolling my daughter at this Cadence is absolutely one of the best choices I made when it came to raising my daughter. I could go on and on about the other merits of the school but this is already a novel at this point. I know that the school may be less convenient for some parents now that so many of us are WFH but this school is definitely worth touring and considering for your childcare. Just to prove that point, we make a completely unnecessary hour long round trip commute downtown every day (twice a day) even though I'm WFH now because we can't bear the thought of pulling her out of this school and putting her somewhere closer to our house! We love it here!!
Andrea N. • Yelp
September 21, 2021
I called several amounts of times and left voicemails and nobody ever bothered to get back to me for 2 weeks. I am desperately looking for child care and this location was just convenient for me as it's down the street from my work. I really wish they were responsive or professional enough to at least give me a call back on wether or not they have availability at least.

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