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About Cadence Academy

Welcome to Cadence Academy Columbine in Littleton, Colorado! We are proud to share that we have been voted in the top 3 for Best Preschools of 2021 by the readers of Colorado Parent!

Our early childhood development center offers child care and educational development for infants through Pre-Kindergarten. We deliver the perfect combination of qualified teachers, engaging activities, and interactive learning environments for your child’s early education.

Visit our welcoming classrooms and playgrounds: they are designed with kids in mind!

Child Care Programs

Our highly experienced early childhood educators are passionate about caring for and developing the students in their classroom. Our Ascend Curriculum enables our teachers to individualize instruction according to the interests and learning style of each child and utilizes other well-known programs such as Baby Signs. This individualized, Whole Child approach allows each child to be engaged, supported, and challenged.

We offer the following preschool programs:

  • Infant Childcare (ages 6 weeks to 1 year). Our caring teachers provide regular updates on your baby’s progress in this nurturing environment.
  • Toddler Childcare (ages 1 to 2). Your little one will start to discover the world through our daycare’s theme-based curriculum that encourages play, language, and exploration.
  • Early Learners (ages 2 to 3). Our early learners preschool program nurtures children’s agility, creativity, and perception of the surrounding world.
  • Preschool (ages 3 to 4). In this preschool program, your growing youngster can participate in stimulating learning opportunities, better preparing them for Pre-K.
  • Pre-Kindergarten (ages 4 to 5). To make sure children are ready for kindergarten, our Pre-K program helps expand your child’s reading, vocabulary, math, problem solving, and motor skills.
  • Private Kindergarten (ages 5 to 6) Our Private Kindergarten program ensures that children are prepared to thrive in elementary school and beyond!
  • School-Age Program (ages 5 to 12). In this before and after school program, we make sure your child receives homework help, spends time studying, and enjoys fun time with friends.
  • Summer Camp Programs (ages 5 to 12). This fun summer experience offers lots of action and adventure while promoting activities that enhance skills vital to each child’s upcoming grade.

Our Philosophy

Research shows that a child’s first five years are essential to cognitive, social, and physical development. At Cadence Academy, Columbine, we believe in optimizing every opportunity for learning during this crucial time.

What Makes Our Child Care Center in Columbine, CO Unique

We have the best Before and After School Program in Littleton, featuring a special“Homework Club.” Because both Jefferson and Littleton School Districts ask that very child spend 20 minutes daily reading, we have set up a quiet time for this important reading time to take place each day at our center. This daily reading session at our center allows your child to spend quality time with you at home.

We offer free transportation to and from the following elementary schools:

  • Normandy Elementary
  • Dutch Creek Elementary
  • Leawood Elementary
  • Front Range Elementary
  • Columbine Hills Elementary
  • Blue Huron Elementary

During the summer months, we have a fantastic Summer Camp program where the children ride the Cadence Bus and take field trips to a number of fun locations.

More About Our Preschool Learning Center

Cadence Academy Columbine is located at 6768 W Ottawa Ave, in Littleton, Colorado 80128. You can find us at the intersection of Coalmine and Pierce. We are conveniently located near Blue Heron, Normandy, Columbine Hills, Dutch Creek, and Leawood Elementary Schools.

Our Team

Cary Fussa

Cary Fussa

School Director

Hello, my name is Cary Fussa.  I hold a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Early Childhood Education from Montclair State University and 20+ years of experience in the field.

I began my teaching at East Orange Community Charter School, in New Jersey.  This was a Head Start modeled elementary school servicing underprivileged and at-risk students and families.  My roles were as a Kindergarten teacher, technology coordinator and program director administering a technology training grant from the State of NJ.  After the birth of my twins, Sean and Nicholas, my family and I moved to Bayonne, NJ where I taught Kindergarten, preschool and Title 1 students for eight years until 2013 when we moved to Colorado.  Once we settled in, I began teaching Junior K at Ave Maria Catholic School, and I was awarded the Andre’ Bessette teacher of the year award for my work with mainstreamed special education students.  I returned to school at night earning a Large Center Director’s License from the State of Colorado.  I am now very excited to use all of my experiences in benefit of my role as Director with Cadence Academy.

Cindy Camacho

Cindy Camacho

Assistant Director

My name is Cindy and I have been working in education for more than 12 years. Early Years is such a fun age and I enjoy working and laughing with my students.

I’ve called New York, Arizona, Colombia, Thailand and now Colorado home. When I’m not at work I enjoy spending time in nature, drawing, and finding my new favorite restaurant.

I’m so excited to be part of the team here at Cadence as Assistant Director, come say hi!

Sarah Hernandez

Sarah Hernandez

Chef

Hi! My name is Sarah, to tell you a little bit about myself I’m a Colorado native born and raised.  I graduated from Mountain Vista High School in Highlands Ranch in 2019.  Since graduating I’ve worked mostly as a preschool cook and as an Assistant General Manager.

When I’m not working, I enjoy spending time outdoors, listening to music and hanging out with my girlfriend and friends.

Jaimie Palmer

Jaimie Palmer

Teacher

My name is Jaimie.  I have been in childcare since 2012 and with Cadence Academy since September 2018. My husband, Travis and I have two girls, Haven and Carolina.  We have three dogs, Joy, Piston and Enzo.  I am a Colorado native.  I love being outdoors, animals and stock car racing. I have an identical twin sister, Jessica.

Tami Sadler

Tami Sadler

Teacher

Hello, my name is Ms. Tami.  I have been in childcare for 18+ years and have worked for Cadence Academy since January 2010.  I am Infant Nursery Supervisor qualified as well as Lead Teacher qualified.

I have one of the best ages to work with, because I LOVE Babies!  I have 3 grown sons, my oldest has blessed me with five grandchildren.  My middle son became a doctor and my youngest is in the National Guard.  I love all animals, cooking and crafting.  But most of all I love my babies.

Paula Bustam

Paula Bustam

Teacher

My name is Paula.  I have been with Cadence Academy Columbine since June 2021.  I have been in the childcare field since the mid 1990’s.  My classroom assignment is in Nursery A, but in my role as an assistant teacher you may see me in different rooms helping to support the program.

My passion is working with children.  I have 1 daughter and 1 son.  My favorite pastime in gardening.

Tiffany Gurule

Tiffany Gurule

Teacher

My name is Tiffany and I have been a part of the Cadence family since November 2019!  Before coming to Cadence Academy, I worked with all age groups from infants to school agers.  I love working with the little guys because you get to see so much growth from them in just the short time, they are with you and their love for learning new things is simply captivating.

When I’m not at work I enjoy spending time with my own little people.  I have two children of my own plus three bonus babies ranging in age from almost 1 to 11 years old.  As a family we love to venture out to museums, amusement parks and anything else we can find!

I look forward to getting to know you and your family and learning more about your little ones.

Kaylee Steinbach

Kaylee Steinbach

Teacher

Hi, I’m Mrs. Kaylee! I have been at Cadence for about three years. I have been working in childcare for six years with all ages from infants to school age. I love to watch all of our kids learn and grow as they move from room to room.

I am married to my wonderful husband Brandon. Together we have two kids.  Camden who is five years old and Nina who is four months old.

We like to spend a lot of time outside dirt biking in the summer and snowboarding in the winter.

Jena Crawford

Jena Crawford

Teacher

Hello, my name is Ms. Jena.  I have been in childcare for over 2 years.  I am a Lead Teacher.  I have my CDA and I’ve been a Lead for a year.  I love teaching children and watch them learn and grow.  I enjoy seeing the world through their eyes. I can’t wait to meet your little one and seeing what we can learn together.  I am married with 2 children of my own.  We love being together and our favorite thing to do is going on vacation and seeing new places.  We love traveling and spending quality time together.

Bryanna Jackson

Bryanna Jackson

Teacher

Hi!  My name is Bryanna and I am so excited to be the twos teacher!  I am the mother of one of our two-year old’s.  His name is Bryson.  I am a very family oriented person. I have been working in childcare since 2016 and have been a lead for over a year.  My favorite part of teaching has been watching how the kids learn and grow. My favorite color is teal.  My favorite food is wings.  My favorite sport is Volleyball.  And my favorite animal is the giraffe.

Allison McNeil

Allison McNeil

Teacher

Hi all! My name is Mrs. Allie. I have been teaching for seven years now! I think my favorite part about teaching is being able to positively impact a child’s learning experience. Every child has the ability to learn & succeed & I love being able to help them do that. I am married to my amazing husband Logan & I have a four-year-old daughter named Blakely & a one year old daughter named Peyton. I also have a dog named Brody! We love to fish & camp & do outdoorsy things. I’m so thankful that I get the chance to spend time with your kiddos & make a difference in their learning experience! 

Cassie Paino

Cassie Paino

Teacher

Hello! My name is Cassie Paino and I have been a Lead Teacher at Cadence Academy Preschool starting in January of 2020. Even when I was young, it was always a passion of mine to inspire little ones. I am so thrilled that I am finally able to do that every day! I was raised in Littleton, Colorado and I received my diploma from Options High School. I also received my Child Development Associate in July of 2020.  I have a lovely little family which consists of my husband Jeff, my stepdaughter, Aurora, and my daughter, Raven. I enjoy reading lots of good books and hiking with my family in my free time. I look forward to teaching your little ones and helping them grow!

Christina Erickson

Christina Erickson

Teacher

Hello! I am Christina. I have been working with kiddos for four years. I have a four-year-old son named Oliver. I started my career in early childhood as a cook and quickly realized how much I loved working with children and families.  I knew I had found my dream career and began working on my CDA. I have been lead qualified for three years now, and have enjoyed every minute of it. I love getting to know all of the families and building relationships with all of you!

Lori Allred

Lori Allred

Teacher

Hello! My name is Lori Allred. I’m so excited to be here at Cadence Academy. I have worked with children since the early 80’s. I have worked in childcare centers and had a daycare in my home, until my then two-year-old said no way and cried all the time I held anyone else.

I am married to my eternal companion, and best friend. We have two daughters both married. My oldest has a 9-year-old son, a 7 year old daughter and a 5 year old son all in Minnesota. My younger daughter has a 4-year-old son, a 3 year old son and a 15-month-old son. They live in Utah.  So, we have to go to visit a lot.

My husband is an architect. We have two dogs, a Yorkie and a Chiweenie.  We have lived in Colorado most of our lives. I am excited to work with your children and get to know all of you.

Nicole Allons

Nicole Allons

Teacher

My name is Nicole.  I am an animal lover.  I have two dogs, two cats and a turtle.  I enjoy football, hockey and drag racing. I have been working in the childcare industry for five years.  I love working with children of all ages and am looking forward to getting to know your children.

Reviews from Parents

Ashley Book • Facebook
The teachers treat my son as their own and I never have to worry about how he’s doing while I’m at work! His language skills are amazing and he loves being there everyday! I can’t believe the things he says and does at home and I know it’s because of all the activities they are doing with him at school. I’m so glad I chose Cadence!
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Maggie Gannon • Facebook
Finding a school for our 10 month old during a pandemic was quite nerve wracking. From the first weeks at Cadence we knew we found the best school! The minute you arrive you feel like family, they keep us updated throughout the day, and have an amazing curriculum. We love seeing all the amazing activities they provide each day and when our baby says bye with a smile we know he is in the best hands!
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Kari Mortenson • Facebook
Our daughter was at Cadence for about a year after we tried several other daycares that weren't a great fit. she ended up thriving at Cadence and they helped her through a struggle with potty training. She always had great things to say about her day and the teachers were always supportive and helpful, even through all the craziness 2020 brought. She is off to Kindergarten now and they prepared her well. Would definitely recommend.
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Steph Lynn • Facebook
the teachers are amazing and my daughter is learning a lot, she's almost 16 months!!
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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.