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The first five years of life are an extremely important period of development for children and Cadence Academy Preschool, Urbandale is proud to offer NAEYC Accredited daycare services and preschool programs as well as kindergarten and school-age programs.

Our dedicated teachers and proprietary curriculum work hand-in-hand to help children reach their full potential during each developmental stage. We take an individualized approach to early childhood education and modify classroom activities so they fit the needs, interests, and current skill level of each child in our care.

Childcare & Preschool Programs

Partnering with Parents

We believe in creating a learning environment that extends beyond the classroom and we partner with our parents so that we can further encourage their child’s growth and development. We provide parents regular feedback on how their child is progressing towards important developmental milestones and we send out a monthly Reflections piece to provide guidance on how they can support our Ascend Curriculum at home. We have an open-door policy at our daycare center and we encourage parents to visit at any time and stay for any length of time they feel is necessary.

Our Teachers & Directors

With 100s of years of combined teaching experience in the field of early childhood education, the staff at Cadence Academy Preschool, Urbandale understands what quality child care means. This location was previously called Apple Tree Children’s Center and a number of our teachers have been with us since the Apple Tree days.

Many of our teachers and directors hold degrees in education and continually participate in training to stay abreast of developments in the field. Our teachers know how to anticipate developmental needs and continually create preschool centers and activities that encourage emerging skills.

Getting to Our Preschool

Cadence Academy Preschool, Urbandale is located at 3054 86th St in Urbandale, Iowa, 50322. We’re between Hickman Rd and Douglas Ave, just north of U.S. Route 6. Many of our families live in Windsor Heights, West Des Moines, and Clive. We would love to show you around our preschool. Schedule a visit today!

Our Team

Theresa Anderson

Theresa Anderson

School Director

My name is Theresa Anderson and I am the School Director, I graduated from the University of Minnesota with an Associates in Applied Science Degree in Child Care Services. I started working for Cadence Academy Preschool in January 1997. I enjoy spending time with my family in Minnesota and quilting in my free time.

Alecia Pardekooper

Alecia Pardekooper

Assistant Director

My name is Alecia Pardekooper and I am the new Assistant Director at Cadence Academy-Urbandale!

I have worked in childcare for over 8 years. I got married in 2014 and moved to California to be with him during his time in the military. In the time we were there, I nannied for a few military families with children of all ages. When I moved back to Iowa I started at my first center and fell in love with the atmosphere/routine of a center. I’ve gone all the way from Assistant Teacher, to Lead Teacher, to On-site Supervisor, and now Assistant Director. I have a passion for what I do and love that I can make a career out of it! I am currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Administration. We are expecting a little girl in October and have two fur babies.  In my free time I love being with my family.

I am so thankful for the opportunity I have been given to be here! I am really looking forward to meeting each and every one of you and to get to know your children.

Mary Seago

Mary Seago


Welcome! My name is Mary and I started here when the school opened in 1985. I have a double endorsement in Early Childhood and Elementary Education from the University of Northern Iowa. I have two sons, Jonathan and Matthew. When I am not at work, I enjoy reading, walking, and visiting with family.

Tonya Casey

Tonya Casey


My name is Tonya and I am the Lead Teacher in the Nursery Room. I started working here when the school opened in 1985. I have completed my Child Development Associate (CDA) Degree through DMCAA. My husband Todd and I have two children: Cole and Kael. We enjoy riding horses, four-wheelers, and I love to shop. I truly love working with newborns,so I look forward to getting to know all of you.


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 47 Reviews
Dakota P • Google
September 30, 2021
My child has attended since February and we have really enjoyed our time here!
Mesha Fisher • Google
August 19, 2021
I am a first time mother and I was very nervous to send my child to daycare for the first time after being with her for so long. Cadence Academy’s director, teachers and staff were very sweet , kind, and understanding with great communication to myself and took extremely good care of my daughter. My daughter loved being there I could tell, for the time that she was able to attend there. I loved the app they had where you could see the daily activities of what she ate , what she did, and how many times they changed her. Whenever I had a question or suggestion on how something might have bothered me or how I wanted something specific done to care for my child they listened and followed through with all my requests! No arguments or disagreements! I loved my daughter going to this location and I definitely will bring her back once I get the chance! Thank you for keeping my daughter safe and happy while she was there and thank you for making me feel comfortable and confident on you guys caring for her for my first time having her in a daycare!!!
Jarred Hoover • Google
August 05, 2021
I love the staff here and appreciate all the fun extra activities they do with the kids! My kid is always excited to go every morning, even asking to go to school on Saturdays every now and then. I like the updates on the app they use. It's nice being able to check in on him in the middle of the day. Overall I'd say 5 stars!
Ashly Scott • Facebook
July 06, 2021
Our kiddo loves Cadence! He was out from school for almost a year during Covid and his father mother and I were so worried about him starting a new school but he's done fantastic! No tears on day one and he loves his teachers and friends. He has grown leaps and bounds mentally and emotionally since starting and I can't get over how much he just loves to learn now! I recommend Cadence whenever anyone I know says they are looking for childcare!

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