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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

4.9 Rating based on 78 Reviews
martina henry • Google
September 10, 2021
All of the staff at Cadence have been fantastic. My daughter had terrible separation anxiety and since the very beginning has been excited to go to school. The teachers are so caring and patient and friendly. The facilities are great especially for outdoor fun. We transitioned from 2s to preschool seamlessly. We’re excited for a great year!
Jon Paradiso • Google
August 25, 2021
We've been so fortunate to enroll our children at Cadence. The professionals that work there, both in the classroom and in the office, are all incredibly friendly and supportive. We've really been impressed by how communicative the staff is, and how much access and transparency we have to our kids' activities and progression. Most importantly, our kids seem genuinely happy to attend everyday.
Star Dust • Facebook
August 18, 2021
The teachers in the infant room are absolutely amazing! They love every single child in there as if they were their own. The teachers have helped my children strive and reach milestones. I highly recommend Cadence academy to all parents!
Maggie S. • Yelp
August 02, 2021
Cadence Academy Preschool was my toddler's first experience since before the pandemic started with people outside of his immediate family. I was really apprehensive and worried that he would have a hard time adjusting. I should not have - the team at Cadence is so wonderful. They have made this transition nothing but positive. When I drop him off, he tears inside and can't wait to get started, and greets everyone with big smiles and waves. I'm so grateful to them for making this first experience away from home such a special one. Thank you!

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