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Cadence Academy Preschool, Ashworth in West Des Moines is proud to play a role in our local community by educating young minds and providing enriching educational experiences for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers. We offer stimulating daycare and preschool programs for ages 6 weeks to 5 years old and before and after school programs for kindergarten and school age children.

Preschool Programs

NAEYC Accreditation

NAEYC Accreditation LogoCadence Academy Preschool, Ashworth is accredited through the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). NAEYC has a series of 10 standards in areas such as Curriculum, Teaching, Health, and Physical Environment that daycare centers and preschools must meet to earn accreditation. NAEYC Accreditation ensures that childcare programs are safe, well-prepared, and moving with intention towards successful educational outcomes.

We are also proud to be a Community Partner with the West Des Moines School District and offer two sections of the Statewide Voluntary Preschool Program at our school.

Partnering with Our Parents

We utilize a variety of communication pieces to keep parents informed about their child’s day and their overall developmental progress. We want to make the most of these valuable early years and we work with our families to help their children reach important developmental milestones in every program.

Our preschool also hosts events for the whole family throughout the year. Families love participating in our Family Picnic in August and a staff favorite is our annual Trike-A-Thon, which supports St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital. These fun gatherings provide great opportunities for children to show their families what they are learning in school!

Our Team

Natalie Weltner

Natalie Weltner

Director

I am from a small town in Northeast Iowa and I graduated from the University of Northern Iowa with a Bachelor’s Degree in Health Promotion. I have an extensive background in youth programming and enjoy educating children and being a positive role model to them. In my spare time I enjoy running with my dog, reading a good book, and spending time with family and friends. I look forward to getting to know you!

Carrie Hotchkiss

Carrie Hotchkiss

Teacher

Ms. Carrie has been a teacher with us since 1999. Ms. Carrie is an enthusiastic teacher of the Statewide Voluntary Preschool program. She has a bachelor’s degree in elementary education with endorsements in k-8 mathematics, P K-3 teacher, regular education, and special education classroom. She puts a lot of emphasis on incorporating the development of kindergarten readiness skills into the routine of the children’s day. She proudly leads the K-Club and demonstrates a great understanding of the development of preschool age children.

Crystal Major

Crystal Major

Teacher

I joined this school in the Fall of 2011 in the toddler classroom. I graduated from Upper Iowa University in 2007 with a degree in Elementary Education and endorsements in Special Education, Reading, and Language Arts. I currently live in Des Moines with my husband, Duran, and our 3 children: Leila, Da’Sean, and Jaylen. In my spare time, I love to spend time with my family and friends. I also enjoy reading and crossword puzzles. I love to watch the children learn and grow and look forward to getting to know your child.

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

4.8 Rating based on 129 Reviews
Janette Oyler Woolley • Facebook
June 30, 2021
This school has been so amazing for my granddaughter. The staff is great and willing to even get on the floor to read and interact with her.
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Patrice Bork • Google
June 30, 2021
Cadence Academy takes childcare to the next level. They sincerely care about each child in their care. When my son is there, I know he is cared for both emotionally and physically. We love the teachers and staff at Cadence Academy!
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Brianna Stamm • Google
June 30, 2021
This is hands down the best preschool anyone could ever want to send their child to! ALL of the staff members are friendly, caring, and make you feel like family. My daughter loves all of her teachers and wakes up every day excited to go. They have age appropriate activities to aid in learning but also let the kids have fun and play. The school is clean and safe and every day the children are laughing and smiling - you can tell they love being there. I literally can not say enough good things about this place.
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Brooke Raney • Facebook
May 24, 2021
Our two daughters attend Cadence Academy and my husband and I are so thankful we found this wonderful place. Our girls love it there (literally my 1 year old kicks her feet in excitement and squeals the minute we get through the door!)- I see them learning all the educational and motor skills they should be. More importantly to me, is the emotional understanding and thought processing I see them gaining. I feel this comes from the cadence caregivers-who are educated and compassionate-and give them them a positive environment with love, safety, and understanding as they learn and grow. As parents, its never easy to have your kids spend so many hours in someone else's care. But my husband and I both agree its a blessing to be able to drop our girls off at Cadence. And even though we joke about what we used to do with extra money before paying day care (?!), we both agree Cadence is worth every penny. Our family works best with two working parents, and our trust in Cadence is a large part of that. Thank you, Cadence!
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