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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 53 Reviews Leave A Review
Megan Wachendorf • Google
My son loves coming to Cadence everyday! It is the only place he leaves me happily.
Rachel Abrams • Google
As a first-time mom, the staff at Cadence Academy Preschool have been nothing but helpful, friendly, and professional. We decided to send our daughter to Cadence Academy in early 2020 while I was still pregnant. By the time I had our daughter, COVID was in full swing. Everyone at Cadence Academy have been responsive and proactive. They make sure the kids are safe and happy. I could not feel more confident having my baby attend. On top of everything else, the caretakers give 110%. As much as I would like to be home with my baby during the day, I think she has excelled far faster by attending Cadence Academy. Tonya and Kylie in the infant room are fantastic. They are truly experts and it is clear that they love what they do. They never make me feel bad by calling in with every question or worry I have. I leave the call feeling so much better every. time. I am so glad we chose to bring our daughter to Cadence Academy. Thank you for caring for my baby and helping her flourish.
Cindy Grill • Google
We just love cadence academy preschool, the staff there are very kind and friendly and make you feel very welcome. My four-year-old granddaughter goes there and she just loves it. She loves her teacher Miss Becca and the School director Teresa and Beth. I love the way that they are involved in the children and my granddaughter never wants to leave,thatshow much she loves her School and staff.
Ericia Clark • Google

Cadence Academy Preschool

Urbandale, IA

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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.