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About Cadence Academy Preschool in Sacramento

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. If you’re looking for the best preschool in Sacramento, look no further!

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

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Calvin Rusch • Google
The wife and I have Kindergartener who just started school and I can't emphasize enough how well Cadence Academy I street has prepared her! We feel that she is definitely starting Kindergarten with a leg up. She had learned so much at I street and absolutely loved both of her teachers. We also have a two year old who still attends the school. She loves her teachers and is excited to go to school every day and see them and her friends. She is also learning lots at school and having fun throughout the day. The teachers are great, attentive and take great care of her.
dana henderson • Google
I have boy/girl twins at Cadence Academy I Street, who have been attending since they were six months old. I couldn't imagine sending our children anywhere else! Even during the pandemic when everything was so uncertain, staff and leadership were empathetic with parents about the constant changes. Our children have been learning more than I could have imagined and they come home every day with new skills, including social and emotional skills as well as helping skills, self care skills and language skills. I am grateful everyday for their staff for teaching and caring for our children in a safe, vibrant, inclusive, and diverse environment!
Ashley Markos • Google
Kaite Wickham • Google
Cadence is wonderful. We had to start daycare unexpectedly when our little one was 6mo the old during the pandemic. They made the transition easy for all of us. We were lucky to have received the recommendation. Our little one has thrived with the nurturing and caring staff.

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.