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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 75 Reviews Leave A Review
Micki Jackson • Google
We have had a great experience with Cadence for our two boys (3 & 5). The front desk staff goes above and beyond to be accommodating to working families. The team of teachers and administrators is organized, friendly, and all the kids seem to arrive and leave with a smile. Our boys always have a great time and look forward to their days at Cadence.
Stephanie Davison • Facebook
We love Cadence academy. We know that the knowledge our daughter got from Cadence in preschool put her on the path to a great year in kindergarten. Plus the all the staff and teachers are so kind.
Liz Bronkesh Beebe • Facebook
My daughter has had a wonderful 2k year at Cadence. The school is very organized, administrators and teachers are truly incredible and create a warm environment for the children. I felt very comfortable dropping her off from day 1- her teachers were so welcoming and engaging, she had no reservations walking into her classroom. It also feels very like a very safe and secure place which is so important these days. Wonderful establishment with amazing people.
Rebecca Eakin • Google
My husband and I looked at several daycares for our daughter before visiting Cadence and determining that it was the best fit for our family. Prior to our daughter's first day, Ms. Jen took the time to answer our (many) questions and provide the reassurance needed to leave her in another's care for the first time. Since "graduating" to the 2s room, we have continued to be impressed by the enriching environment that Cadence provides along with our daughter's incredibly caring, attentive, and knowledgeable teachers (Ms. Marisa, Ms. Taz, Ms. Kamille, & Ms. Amanda). She is so excited to attend school each day, and we know that it is due mostly in part to them! We are so happy that we chose Cadence and are excited to continue watching our daughter grow and learn under their program.

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.