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Overview
  • Programs
  • Our Team
  • Accreditation
  • Reviews

Previously known as Apple Tree Children’s Center, our preschool changed its name to Cadence Academy Preschool, Johnston in May 2018 to reflect a new direction in our preschool’s programs. Cadence Academy is known for its Ascend Curriculum, which takes a skill-based approach to early childhood education that’s proven to prepare children for kindergarten.

Preschool children are at an age where they need to develop much more than academic skill, so we focus on physical, social, emotional, and creative development as well. Our NAEYC Accredited preschool and daycare center helps children reach important developmental milestones in nine subject areas every month, but we respond to the needs of each student and move at their pace.

Our Programs

Our Preschool’s Philosophy

At Cadence Academy Preschool, Johnston, we believe children learn best when they’re having fun. Each month, our teachers work on developing new skills within nine different learning domains through fun activities. Our Ascend Curriculum was created with flexibility in mind, so our activities can be modified to accommodate the current skill level and interests of each child. We want your child’s first educational experiences to be joyful so they naturally develop a love of learning!

School-To-Home Connection

We have found that children thrive when there is a strong partnership between school and home. Our teachers are always here to provide feedback on your child’s day and we have conferences twice annually so that we can provide you updates on your child’s developmental progress. We have an open door policy at our preschool center and you are welcome to visit and participate as often as you would like. We also hold events for the whole family throughout the year so that you can connect with other Cadence Academy families and our staff too.

Our School Location

Cadence Academy Preschool, Johnston is located at 5623 NW 86th Street, Suite 100, in Johnston, Iowa, 50131. We’re at the corner of 86th Street and Chambery Boulevard behind Mercy Clinic. Our location off the I-35/I-80 interchange allows for convenient access to John Deere, Pioneer, Camp Dodge, and many other area businesses. We proudly serve the communities of Johnston, Urbandale, Grimes, Des Moines, and West Des Moines. Call us today. We can’t wait to meet you and show you around our school!

Our Team

Madison Whisney

Madison Whisney

Assistant Director

I am a recent graduate of Iowa State University. While studying to get my degree, I was a teacher in the young toddler room of an Ames area daycare for three years. In addition, I was a teacher in the infant room of my hometown daycare in Manning, Iowa. I have a passion for early childhood education and have a long family history of amazing teachers. I look forward to getting to know each and everyone of you!

Brandy Melton

Brandy Melton

Teacher

My name is Brandy and I’m the Lead Universal Preschool (UPK) Teacher. I have been employed here since the summer of 2004 and have found it to be a welcoming and family environment. I attended Graceland University where I received my BA Degree in Elementary Education with focuses in Early Childhood Education and Reading. As long as I can remember I have always wanted to teach and work with young children. They have such a passion and curiosity for learning and life. I only hope that my presence in their life can help foster a lifelong love of learning.

When I have free time, I enjoy being outdoors whether it’s going on a long walk, being near water or helping my parents in their backyard. I also enjoy being curled up with a good book at the end of the day as a way to relax. My family is very close and I spend as much time with them as I can. We often go camping and fishing on the weekends when the weather allows. My parents instilled in me the value of family and what it means. I take that knowledge and bring it into my classroom to help make the students feel comfortable and valued. I look forward to getting to know you and your family!

Krysta Steckelberg

Krysta Steckelberg

School Director

Krysta has only been the Director at Cadence Academy Preschool in Ankeny for a short while, but has impacted children’s lives as a Lead Teacher in a young preschool setting at Cadence Academy for many years. In both roles, she has fostered children’s development and a love for learning. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Child Development and numerous years of experience in the early care and education field.

Accreditations

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

4.9 Rating based on 53 Reviews
Emily Pearson • Facebook
March 30, 2021
My 4 year old attends their UPK (preschool) program in the mornings and loves it! Ms. Brandy is always finding fun ways to teach them. She does a great job at teaching in a variety of ways so each child learns in a way that’s best for them. Cadence offers a morning and afternoon program that is supported by the Johnston School District.
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Emily P. • Yelp
March 30, 2021
My 4 year old attends their UPK (preschool) program in the mornings and loves it! Ms. Brandy is always finding fun ways to teach them. She does a great job at teaching in a variety of ways so each child learns in a way that's best for them. Cadence offers a morning and afternoon program that is supported by the Johnston School District.
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Emily Pearson • Google
March 30, 2021
My 4 year old attends their UPK (preschool) program in the mornings and loves it! Ms. Brandy is always finding fun ways to teach them. She does a great job at teaching in a variety of ways so each child learns in a way that’s best for them. Cadence offers a morning and afternoon program that is supported by the Johnston School District.
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Deane Jorgenson • Google
February 22, 2021
Our children love attending Cadence Academy. The staff and teachers are wonderful, kind, caring people who have the children’s best interest and safety at the forefront. I love when my children tell me about their day, from the healthy meals and snacks they’ve had, to learning about sharks and the four seasons. It’s a HUGE plus that the UPK kindergarten class is located in the building (I have a friend who has to pay to bus her son to a different location for preK since their day care doesn’t offer it).
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