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About Cadence Academy Preschool in Hartford, CT

Formerly Joni’s Child Care & Preschool, Cadence Academy Preschool combines NAEYC approved practices with a proprietary academic curriculum that prepares young children for success in elementary school and beyond. Children are challenged daily in writing, science, math and cognitive growth. They are also encouraged to explore and express themselves through various art media, dramatic play, and music.

Children at our downtown Hartford location enjoy a unique patio playground that overlooks the sights and sounds of Constitution Plaza. We also enjoy buggy rides through the area! We stay connected and encourage classroom visits from community organizations such as the Hartford Police Department, the Hartford Fire Department, Hispanic Health Council, the Hartford Public Library, and local dentists.

Our Programs

Kind Child

Kind Child is a special part of our preschool’s curriculum that allows us to focus on the social and emotional development of each child in our care. We introduce a character trait such Responsibility, Thankfulness, and a Positive Self-Image every two months and new social-emotional skills every month. Kind Child allows us to build nurturing relationships and elevate the emotional-well being of our entire school!

Our Curriculum

Cadence prides itself on an academic curriculum that challenges children to reach their highest potential. Each age group targets key developmental milestones in learning domains such as Literacy, Math, Technology, and Creative Expression. Since we take an individualized approach to early childhood education, skills are acquired in a natural progression.

Children graduate from Joni’s with confidence in their academic abilities and an excitement for the learning process. The experience is topped off by a series of extracurricular programs that include martial arts, soccer, swimming, dance, foreign language, computers and much more.

Our Preschool’s Location

Cadence Academy Preschool, Hartford is in a downtown office building at 1 State St, Hartford, CT 06103. We’re near many of the state’s major insurance companies and other corporations. This makes it possible for families to visit throughout the day and share activities, a meal, or just a quick snuggle.

Accessing the center is easy. We’re just a couple of blocks off of either I-91 or I-84. Our parents enter the center through a secure parking garage and keypad entry.

Our Team

Josette Walters

Josette Walters


I have been employed with Joni’s Childcare & Preschool since March 2000 and I truly feel that this center is part of my family. I began my career working as a Preschool Teacher and was promoted to Director in 2012. I have a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Central Connecticut State University and have been working with children in various capacities such as youth camp counselor and mentor of an inner city program (LEAP) for over 25 years.

I have been blessed with a wonderful daughter. Her name is Jonale and she keeps me grounded.


NAEYC Accreditation

Every child deserves access to high-quality early learning experiences. NAEYC (National Association for the Education of Young Children) has set 10 standards for early childhood programs that can help families make the right choice when they are looking for a child care center, preschool, or kindergarten. The standards and criteria are also the foundation of the NAEYC Accreditation system for early childhood programs. To earn NAEYC Accreditation, schools must go through an extensive self-study and quality-improvement process, followed by an on-site visit by NAEYC Assessors to verify and ensure that the program meets each of the ten program standards, and hundreds of corresponding individual criteria. NAEYC-accredited programs are always prepared for unannounced quality-assurance visits during their accreditation term, which lasts for five years. In the 30 years since NAEYC Accreditation was established, it has become a widely recognized sign of high-quality early childhood education. More than 7,000 programs are currently accredited by NAEYC—less than 10 percent of all child care centers, preschools, and kindergartens nationally achieve this recognition.

Reviews from Parents

4.6 Rating based on 64 Reviews Leave A Review
Catherine Holt • Google
My daughter started attending Cadence Academy when she was 6 months old and stayed there for a little over 2 years. We fell in love with how caring and communicative the teachers and administration were there. Not only did we get daily updates from the app they used but we also got detailed reports of how she did each day during pickup. This helped soothe my “new mom” anxiety and give me peace of mind. My daughter quickly became very comfortable with her teachers and was able to learn and thrive academically and socially at Cadence. We loved that there was a new curriculum each week and our daughter loved all the activities she got to do and all the friends she made in class. Unfortunately, we ended up moving right before she started Pre-K but we will always miss the staff at Cadence! They really treated my daughter like a member of their family and even made her a beautiful goodbye poster on her last day! I would highly recommend Cadence to any parents who not only want to ensure their child is safe and well-cared for but who also want a place where their child will grow, learn and thrive in a positive environment!
Raghuraj Chandra • Google
We love Cadence Academy !! Our daughter start pre K at Cadence Hartford. In start she cried every time not to go . Then later she start crying on weekends to go to cadence😄, that shows how much she learned and love the school. Overall as a Parent we are very happy with everything. This is the best place and safe place for little kids.
Marsela Mujo • Facebook
I love the curriculum and the Kidreports app. I love the teachers
Sam Morales • Google
My family and I came to Hartford temporarily so that I could perform at Hartford Stage. At the time, my 9 month old had never been in daycare before and the team at Cadence Academy Preschool welcomed Leo with open arms. They cared for him as he adjusted and the team there, especially Ms. Suneita, helped him to adapt and thrive. When it was time for us to leave, my husband and I got emotional. Everyone there was like family to us and they treated our son as one of their own.

Cadence Academy Preschool

Hartford, CT

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