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Welcome to Cadence Academy, DTC in Centennial, Colorado! We are proud to share that we have been voted in the top 3 for Best Preschools of 2020 by the readers of Colorado Parent!

Cadence Academy Preschool, Centennial has 10 custom-designed classrooms where children have ample space for learning, yet still enjoy cozy, homelike amenities. We have found that young children transition more successfully into a daycare environment when they aren’t overwhelmed with vibrant colors and clutter. We opt to use natural tones and soft elements like pillows, soft seating areas, coverings, and soft lighting in our preschool’s classrooms.

Ascend Curriculum LogoPreviously operating under the name Gateway Academy, we changed our name to Cadence Academy Centennial in June 2018 as part of our ongoing commitment to provide families in Centennial high quality childcare. Cadence Academy Preschool has locations all over the nation and we’re known for our Ascend Curriculum, which is a skill-based curriculum that provides children with the physical, cognitive, and social tools they need to excel in kindergarten.

Preschool Programs

Kind Child

Kind Child Program LogoWe want all of our children to develop healthy social and emotional habits and Kind Child is a program that allows us to elevate the emotional well-being of our students. We focus on the development of social and emotional skill every month and build valuable character traits like Empathy, Responsibility, and a Positive Self-Image as part of our Ascend Curriculum.

We want Cadence Academy Preschool, Centennial to be a Kind School where everyone feels welcome and valued and our Kind Child program is an important part of making that ideal a reality.

Events at our Preschool

Our preschool is a hands-on learning environment where children experience fun while they learn. We venture out into our community throughout the year, but we also have in-house field trips to extend the learning process in areas such as music, science, and culture. One of our staff’s favorite days is our Transportation Fair, where we invite a variety of community helpers to bring their trucks and work vehicles to our preschool.

Getting to Our Center

Cadence Academy Preschool, Centennial is located at 9064 E Mineral Ave, Centennial, CO 80112. We’re less than a mile northwest of the I-25/C-470 interchange in the Denver Tech Center (DTC), close to Willow Creek, Park Meadows, and Heritage Hills. We serve the cities of Centennial (80112) and Highlands Ranch (80129 and 80130). Looking for a new daycare center or preschool? Give us a call or schedule a visit online today!

Our Team

Monica Chairez

Monica Chairez

Assistant Director

I have worked with young children over the past 6 years. My love for children began in the Denver Public Schools. Since I did not have any experience in early childhood education at that time, I started as an Aide and it only took a few months of working with children to realize this was the route I wanted to take, so I enrolled in the Community College of Aurora.

I was born in Chihuahua, Mexico. When I was eight years old my parents decided to come to Colorado and I have lived here most of my life! I love everything about Colorado! The outdoors, camping, and spending time with my family is what I enjoy most. I am a wife and a mother to two beautiful girls. I am proud to say that my youngest daughter attends Cadence Academy DTC! I look forward to working with each family in our school!

Reviews from Parents

4.5 Rating based on 63 Reviews
April 28, 2021
Cadence Academy has been a blessing. We started sending our little boy here in March and have been extremely pleased with them. Lareen and Monica are so sweet and our boy gets really excited when we drop him off. I love that all of the meals and snacks are provided and are part of a nutritious diet. Due to Covid we haven't been able to spend much time with his teachers but hopefully, sometime soon we will. We are having our second and will be sending her to Cadence as well this fall.
Sabrina R. • Yelp
March 18, 2021
We started sending our 1 year old daughter here in December 2019. Like any parent you go off of a gut feeling when finding your child's daycare and I'm so happy I went with mine. This place checked all of my boxes! - Provided food, had a curriculum, safe, affordable, and didn't feel overcrowded.  My child is 2.5 years old and knows her letters, can count, the months, days of the week, and is potty trained all thanks to Cadence Academy. They make learning fun and still emphasize playing and socializing of children. They follow all COVID protocols which just adds to that extra layer of comfort. They are doing an exceptional job with the kids. My child has always been happy to be dropped off and is excited to run in to the arms of every staff member there. I am so happy we found Cadence Academy and can't imagine sending my child anywhere else.
Nora A. • Yelp
March 17, 2021
Cadence Academy in Centennial has been wonderful! I've had my daughter enrolled since she was 12 weeks old and will put my new baby arriving this summer in the same program. In the infant room, we had Ms. Carrie, who is a true expert when it comes to babies. Ms. Carrie was wonderful in supporting my daughter hit all of her milestones as a baby - rolling over, sitting up, holding her own bottle, crawling, etc. She also helped get a routine established that was so easy to replicate at home. My daughter goes to sleep, naps, and wakes up like clockwork because of the path Ms. Carrie got her started on. In addition, as a first time mom, there was a lot I didn't know and Ms. Carrie was always available for tips and questions. She recommended a diaper cream that was a lifesaver, flagged for me when it was time to change bottle sizes, and helped my baby go from three naps to two naps to one nap when developmentally appropriate. My daughter is now in the toddler room with Ms. Meghan. The support she receives there is also excellent. The routine they have established there has helped her develop stronger language and communication skills, get better at sharing, and voice her needs in a way I can understand. Even though she is just learning to speak, she can ask for help, say "Please" and "Thank you", and says "Sorry" when she makes mistakes. The patience and expertise that the staff there have demonstrated with my *spirited* child is excellent. Finally, the administrative staff, including the Directors and the Chef are also excellent. The food provided is nutritious and has helped my daughter branch out and try new things (especially given my limited go-to menu at home). She is not afraid to try new foods and, when COVID is over, I feel confident taking her to a restaurant, despite the fact that she is a very busy toddler because she has learned the daycare routine to sit and eat with everyone at the table as she samples new foods while we all talk together. Additionally, their COVID precautions seem to be extremely effective. Teachers wear masks and the entire facility is deep cleaned regularly. As part of my day job, I am responsible for COVID safety protocols for a large school district, and the Cadence approach is a model for safety and risk mitigation. Any questions I have are immediately and professionally answered by admin and staff, whether it is a quick logistic question, or input on developmental milestones. This preschool and daycare has been a lifeline for me as a working mother and I'm so grateful they are in my neighborhood.
britt martinez • Google
March 17, 2021
Love this place. Very good with the kids. Great daycare.

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