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The preschool programs at Cadence Academy Preschool, Iowa City are designed to help young children reach important milestones at every stage of development. We take a skill-based approach to early education that balances intellectual, physical, and emotional development and our curriculum is designed to progressively build valuable skill sets each month! Our students graduate from our Pre-Kindergarten program confident and ready for kindergarten!

Ascend Curriculum

Ascend Curriculum LogoOur Ascend Curriculum takes a unique skill-based approach to early education and our teachers introduce new skills within subjects like Mathematics, Literacy, Technology, and Physical Fitness every month.

Skills are taught at a challenging pace and our goal is to recognize where each child is on a particular skill and then take them to the next step without comparing their learning pace to others. We encourage our teachers to modify activities to match the interests and current skill level of each student so that everyone is supported, engaged, and having fun!

NAEYC Accreditation

NAEYC Accreditation LogoCadence Academy Preschool, Iowa City is accredited through The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). Our staff is dedicated to going above and beyond accreditation standards to find the practices that best educate and care for young children. We have found that accreditation fosters a culture of reflection and continuous improvement.

School-to-Home Connection

We believe that children thrive when there is a strong partnership between preschool and home. We have an open-door policy with our families and we encourage you to visit at any time. We also offer a variety of communication pieces so that you’re constantly up-to-date with your child’s day and their developmental progress.

Our preschool also hosts a variety of family-friendly events throughout the year. Some of our favorites include our annual Winter Wonderland in January, Family Picnic in August, and the University of Iowa Homecoming Parade!

Reviews from Parents

4.8 Rating based on 67 Reviews
Adélaïde Subtil
November 02, 2020
Our daughter has been going to the Cadence Academy preschool for about a month and we are very happy. Everybody is extremely nice and thoughtful and our daughter loves to go to school!
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Joe Graf
October 13, 2020
When switching preschools in the middle of a pandemic our family could not ask for a better place to find than Cadence Academy. There have been many days when my kids during pick up have said "that was the best day ever"!
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Derek Johnk
October 02, 2020
We were in a childcare pinch. Start of school year, original plans fell through, etc. We asked our closest friends if where they took their son had any openings. The friends immediately got us in contact with Jean and things progressed from there. We had our 8 month old and 5 year old signed up for daycare and private Kindergarten by the end of the day. Since then, Cadence has exceeded our (sometimes over the top) expectations. We didn’t think that any care provider would be able to meet our expectations on Covid prevention measures (my wife and I are high risk), but Cadence found a way to not only meet, but exceed our expectations. On top of that, our kids are just so happy. Every day they come home in great spirits, with our 5 year old telling stories of his “amazing day”. I really can’t overstate what an impact going to cadence has had on our 5 year old in particular. He is a very social kid and Covid social distancing really affected him adversely. Since starting at cadence, we have our regular effervescent charming son back and we are SO grateful! Thank you Cadence for helping our family navigate this tough time with care and understanding. Cannot speak highly enough of the gift you have given our family.
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Courtney Sand
September 10, 2020
You know your child has an amazing teacher when they want to become whatever it is they’re learning about at school. ‍ Michelle Flanegan, you are a wonderful, engaging educator. Thank you for all that you are and all that you do. ❤️ Gabriel is completely and totally obsessed with learning about and talking about (constantly!) tornadoes, hurricanes, tsunamis, you name it, and he now wants to be a meteorologist when he grows up.
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