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Welcome to Cadence Academy Preschool, Ridgefield! Known previously as The Children’s Corner, we changed our name to Cadence Academy Preschool in March 2018 as part of our center’s ongoing commitment to give your child the best early educational experiences we can. Being a part of the Cadence Education Family of Schools gives us access to preschool programming such as Kindergarten Club, Kind Child, and the Ascend Curriculum. These programs help us create a preschool environment where children thrive!

We are located on a beautiful piece of property across from Seth Low Pierrepont State Park in Ridgefield, CT. We have designed our spacious, light-filled childcare center to stimulate learning while also providing a loving, nurturing environment. If you’re looking for daycare services for your infant or toddler or you want our preschool teachers to start working with your child on their cognitive, social, or emotional development, you’ve come to the right place!

Preschool & Childcare Programs

Ascend Curriculum

Ascend Curriculum LogoThanks to the flexibility of our Ascend Curriculum, we take an individualized approach to early childhood education and encourage every child to progress towards age-appropriate goals at their natural pace. New skills are introduced sequentially in 9 different learning domains each month and activities are modified to fit the interests and current skill level of each child. This skill-based approach to early education ensures that every child feels engaged, supported, and challenged and makes learning fun!

Kind Child Program

Kind Child LogoAnother significant part of our curriculum is our Kind Child program. Kind Child is a year-long program for children ages two and older that helps our teachers nurture and strengthen every child’s social and emotional skills. We have found that when we focus on the emotional well-being of each child in our care, we strengthen our school as well. We are confident that Kind Child will continue to strengthen the culture of our entire preschool center by elevating every child’s feelings of happiness, improving their well-being, and enriching their friendships.

Our Team

Michelle Mottola

Michelle Mottola

I have over 30 years experience in early childhood education and have served as a teacher, trainer, consultant, and administrator. I have a Master’s Degree in Human Services from Nova Southeastern University and has been at this location for fifteen years.

I spend my free time watching my nephews play sports, reading, and visiting museums.

Jim Kirby

Jim Kirby

I have over 25 years experience in early childhood education and have worked as both a teacher and administrator. I have been at this preschool for almost twenty years!

I’m an internationally certified master level instructor of the martial art Soo Bakh Do. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with his family, hiking, and wildlife photography.

Jamie Setaro

Jamie Setaro

I’m a teacher and supervisor for Infants through Twos. I have over 15 years’ experience in early childhood education and have been at this location for 11 years. I have a Bachelor’s Degree in History from Western Connecticut State University.

I spend my free time watching baseball, college basketball, reading, and exploring the East Coast.

Reviews from Parents

5.0 Rating based on 74 Reviews Leave A Review
Betsy Gell • Google
Our family loves Cadence! The staff is both professional and incredibly warm. The curriculum is well thought out, with a focus on both “academic” learning and social-emotional building blocks. Our daughter adores her teachers and friends and has learned important social skills, confidence, and to embrace both creativity and structure. I highly recommend this wonderful school.
Chris and Erin Mantz • Google
Our family is very happy with our experience so far at Cadence Academy. Our daughter loves attending and is always so happy when we arrive to pick her up. She doesn’t want to leave!
Holly Crocco • Google
We are completely confident that our toddler is in good hands at Cadence Academy-Ridgefield. His speech and vocabulary has improved 100-fold since he started there as a 2-year-old, and we are so happy with the amount of enrichment he receives. From arts and crafts, to song and storytime, to outdoor and indoor play, he is always happy and learning.
Julia Rosenlow • Google
We’ve sent both of our children here for years. They’re a good group of teachers: very caring, fun and our kids learned a lot under their care. Their hours are super flexible and they are reasonably priced. There is a great sense of community with the families sending their children here!

Cadence Academy Preschool

Ridgefield, CT

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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.