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At Cadence Academy Preschool, we understand that you want the best for your children and that is why we take great pride in providing a safe, warm, and attentive learning environment that allows you to feel confident leaving your child in our care. Each classroom is custom designed for infants, toddlers, and preschool children, providing the comfort and security of home yet the fun and excitement of preschool! Our safe playgrounds allow kids plenty of space to move about, explore, and enjoy the sunny California weather.

Programs Offered:

Our school was previously known locally as The Phoenix Schools, we continue specialize in caring for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers. Our curriculum is rich with hands-on learning and daily experiences that are sure to make lasting memories.

  • Infant Daycare (ages 6 weeks to 1 year)
  • Toddler Daycare (ages 1 to 2)
  • Early Childhood Learning (ages 2 to 3)
  • Preschool (ages 3 to 4)
  • Pre-Kindergarten (ages 4 to 5)

Our Philosophy

We understand how important the care and development of your child is to you. From our customized early learning curriculum to our specially designed classrooms to our credentialed and nurturing staff, we take every measure possible to provide the best for your child.

What Makes Us Unique

Our preschool teachers are highly qualified with years of experience. The pride our team has truly shows in the way their rooms glow with excitement and the way they interact with each child. Whether an art project, Spanish lesson, or singing and dancing session, our teachers keep kids active and engaged while still ensuring they’re developing cognitively, emotionally, socially, and physically. At Cadence Academy Preschool, we strive to make every day for your child one filled with learning, laughter, and fun! We can’t wait for you and your little one to become a part of the Cadence Academy Preschool Family!

Our Location

Our school is located at 1820 Alhambra Blvd, Suite 130, Sacramento, CA 95816. You’ll find us at the corner of S Street and Alhambra Blvd. We’re not far from the following grade schools: David Lubin Elementary, St. Francis of Assisi Elementary School, Merryhill Elementary, Courtyard Elementary, Theodore Judah Elementary School, and Washington Elementary.

Our Team

Marissa Parker

Marissa Parker

School Director

Our Director, Mrs. Marissa Parker was born and raised in San Jose, CA. She received her bachelor’s degree in Child Development and is in the process of earning her Master’s Degree in Education. She began her career at Cadence Academy Preschool at the beginning of 2021 but was a Director in the Bay Area for over three years and also has 10 years of experience working with children from preschool to fifth grade in various settings including childcare, elementary schools, and community centers. Ms. Marissa is dedicated to making sure every family has a positive experience at the school. Her favorite part about working at Cadence Academy Preschool is being able to engage with the parents and hear all the wonderful stories of how their children are growing and developing, academically and socially. You can truly see her heart poured into the school upon your first steps in the door. Ms. Marissa loves being an educator and part of the school community. She is inspired every day to leave a positive impact on each and every family she encounters. Her love for education stems from working with children hands on, allowing her to make a difference in the lives of her students and shape the world around them. She believes in investing in the children in her community and giving them the tools they need to reach their highest potential. In Ms. Marissa’s spare time she likes to travel, use her creative brain, and spend time with her husband, son, and dogs.

Tiffany Alvarez

Tiffany Alvarez

Assistant Director

Ms. Tiffany is the Assistant Director at Cadence Academy Preschool and has been working for the company for a little over five years but has over 10 years of experience in childcare. She first started out in the classroom then became the Assistant Director at our school about two years ago. She is also working towards her degree in Early Childhood Education and takes interest in applying everything she is learning into our school. Ms. Tiffany was born in Vallejo, CA but has also lived in Napa and Washington along with where she currently resides in Sacramento. When Ms. Tiffany is not eating, sleeping, and breathing work, she likes to visit the water whether it’s going to the beach or spending the day on the lake. She also prides herself on being a vegan due to her love for animals, especially elephants and her two fur babies at home: Louis her cat-son and Gizzy her dog.

Bailey Kopenheffer

Bailey Kopenheffer

Lead Pre-K Teacher (Safari Club)

Mr. Bailey is originally from a small town down in the Central Valley called Hanford but moved up North to attend UC Davis where he got his bachelor’s degree in Human Development with a minor in Sociology. He has been teaching preschoolers for nearly three years and half of that time has been at Cadence Academy Preschool. Mr. Bailey loves spending his days helping and molding the students in his class to become the amazing people they are meant to be. When he’s not teaching, he loves spending time with friends and family camping, hiking or just enjoying some authentic Mexican restaurants. One thing to know about him is that he absolutely loves music! It is a guarantee that Safari Club friends will always be ready for dance parties and silly games to help incorporate educational fun.

Vang Xiong

Vang Xiong

Lead Three’s Teacher (Busy Bees)

Ms. Vang is the teacher in the Three’s Classroom. She has been working with children for about six years and earned her bachelor’s degree in Liberal Studies along with a Site Supervision permit in Child Development. Her and her husband just recently relocated to Sacramento from the Central Valley and is really enjoying exploring Sacramento. On her free time, she loves spending time with family and is always on some kind of adventure trying or seeing new things. She is excited to work with all future Busy Bee children and is looking forward to the adventures they will be embarking on together!

Mary Peffer

Mary Peffer

Lead Two’s Teacher (Little Ducklings)

Ms. Mary comes from a military family where she grew up moving all around the world, but spent most of her childhood in San Antonio, Texas. She has been working in childcare for 16 years with ages varying from 6 weeks through elementary school. She has been with Cadence Academy Preschool since February of 2019 and is the Lead Teacher in the Two’s Room. Ms. Mary is currently pursuing her bachelor’s degree in Educational Studies with a focus on Special Education. In her spare time, she enjoys crafting with her Cricut machine, watching movies, baking, traveling, spending time with family and friends, and buying materials for her classroom.

Danielle Brannam

Lead Toddler Teacher (Little Whales)

Ms. Dani was born and raised in Sacramento, CA and started working for Cadence Academy Preschool in February of 2021 where she is the Lead Toddler Teacher.  She is currently studying medical assisting and has a background in nursing. Her favorite part about working with children is helping them learn new skills and watching them add new words to their vocabulary. Growing up, Ms. Dani was a well-known soccer player and likes to stay fit and eat healthy although, she believes anything can be solved with a Chipotle bowl. During her time off, Ms. Dani loves spending time with her daughter, reading a good book and enjoying the outdoors. She takes pleasure in making all families feel more than comfortable leaving their children in her care by building trusting relationships and a loving environment for all her kiddos.

Johnnica Haley

Johnnica Haley

Lead Infant Teacher (Teddy Bears)

Ms. Johnnica was born and raised in Sacramento but spent seven years living in Georgia before she returned to her hometown. She has her associate’s degree in Early Childhood Education and has been with Cadence Academy Preschool for eight years but has a total of 12 years of experience working with children. For the past two years, Ms. Johnnica has been the Lead Teacher in the Infant Room but enjoyed working in the other classrooms before settling in her home room with the babies. Ms. Johnnica’s favorite part about our school is the family-like environment that we provide to all the families and staff members and always looks forward to welcoming in newcomers. A fun fact about Ms. Johnnica is that she was an All-American swimmer in college and has years of experience as a swim coach and lifeguard. In her free time, she enjoys watching TV and spending time with her family.

Lorena Gomez

Lorena Gomez

Lead Infant Teacher (Teddy Bears)

Ms. Lorena has been working at our school for 15 wonderful years teaching in many of our classrooms but has been one of our Lead Infant Teachers for the past three years. She loves being a part of all her student’s early childhood moments and having an educational impact on their futures. In her spare time, she loves to bake, spend time with family, and watch movies.

Reviews from Parents

4.8 Rating based on 67 Reviews Leave A Review
Phil Reynolds • Google
Our son started Cadence Academy in September at 4 months old. It was a difficult decision to place him in care during the Covid pandemic. The very first day we were immediately at ease with the level of care that he would be receiving. Shannon and the staff have been amazing. The Covid protocols make us feel extremely comfortable. They are very transparent with the evolving policies. Our son is picked up everyday so happy. He has advanced in his milestones extremely fast and I believe that it is because of the attention he is getting every day at Cadence.
Heather Thompson • Google
We have enjoyed working with this preschool. The staff are caring, communicative, and responsive to children's needs. They have handled changes during the pandemic beautifully and go above and beyond to keep the children safe and healthy.
Leah Schmall • Google
We had been on the waitlist for the 1 yr old room but we’re able to finally secure a spot in the toddler room when our son turned 2 - which just so happened to correspond with their reopening after initial breakout of COVID. Our son had been in daycare since he was 4 months old, so it wasn’t exactly new. However starting a new daycare after a 3 month hiatus of being home with mom and dad every day, was a pretty hard transition for everyone involved. The protocols put in place by Cadence for COVID were the only reasons we felt comfortable bringing him to a daycare, but they did make for a very hard first few days. Every single teacher and the director went above and beyond to make it as smooth as possible. Everyone instantly felt like family, and we are so grateful we were able to grab a spot when we could. The price point is great for our family, it is a little bit on the lower side compared to previous schools but they do not offer lunch so it works out. They do offer 2 snacks a day and the variety and choices work great for our toddler. The location is easy to get to and they maintain the facilities as one would expect. The learning plans are fantastic and we feel confident that our son is not just being watched over, but learning and making friends. We would absolutely recommend Cadence - Farmers Market to anyone looking for care.
Joshua Merritt • Google
Cadence Academy at 605 Famers Market is an amazing facility full of wonderful and caring staff. Our son has truly blossomed since starting here, just before his 2nd birthday, He has since been moved to the 2-year-old class and he loves it. Ms. Mary and Ms. Karina are caring and attentive. The class size is very reasonable and they do a great job accommodating requests and keeping us informed and engaged. Our son loves them and often does not want to leave at the end of the day, so much fun things to do and activities to be engaged with while there. Ms. Shannon and Ms. Tiffany (Director and Assistant Director) are very informed and helpful, provide good updates and went above and beyond filling out paperwork we needed to get enrolled in a childcare fee assistance I have through my work, super kind through the whole bureaucratic process. I would (and have) highly recommend this facility to anyone looking for childcare in the area, it's location near midtown and the Sac RT light rail and bus lines makes it ideal for those working in the midtown/downtown area.

Cadence Academy Preschool

Sacramento, CA

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