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Overview
  • Programs
  • Our Team
  • Accreditation
  • Reviews

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 136 Reviews
Faith Thompson • Facebook
October 25, 2021
My son loved Cadence Academy! All the teachers are so kind and wonderful. It is like one huge family! We “graduated” from Cadence as my son goes to school, but he still asks about his teachers and talks about Cadence and his “pretty school” aka preschool. As a mom to a son with many allergies, I was very impressed with how they handle our needs. They double and triple checked ingredients lists, made sure he was on a separate table away from foods that he is allergic to, and called with any questions or concerns! I would 100% recommend Cadence Academy on Ashworth for your childcare needs!
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Emilie Pohlman • Google
September 18, 2021
After 7 years at Cadence, our last child moved on to Kindergarten. We had a wonderful experience during our time with Cadence for both of our kids. The teachers/staff are wonderful and genuinely care about the children. Plus, they learned so much by attending Cadence on Ashworth as all age levels have learning plans and social activities. We had nothing but a positive experience and will miss the teachers and staff as they were such a big part of our lives for the first five years!
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Suchitra Sinha • Facebook
August 24, 2021
Absolutely loved this preschool even when it was AppleTree Children's Center!! Both our kids spent years in the care of their loving teachers!! Special thanks to Ms. Angella, Ms. Seham, Ms. Madison, Ms. Becky, Ms. Jessie, Ms. Crystal, Ms. Toni, and Ms. Carrie!! Ms. Jennifer, Ms. Natalie, Ms. Lacey and Ms. Danielle have been wonderful!! We will always cherish the sweet memories created at this preschool!! I would recommentd it to anyone looking for great care of their kids!! ❤️❤️
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gokul subramanian • Google
August 14, 2021
Cadence at Ashworth is my kid’s second home. He has grown as a person, learnt new languages, learnt about different cultures, had LOTS of fun and grown a personality that we are proud of - all thanks to Cadence! When Covid hit, the school took extra precaution and ensured the kids and teachers were taken care of. Special shout out to the best teachers that we are grateful to: Ms. Micaela, Ms. Crystal, Ms. Becky, Ms. Carrie and Ms. Toni.. The leaders leading this awesome organization - Ms, Natalie and Ms. Danielle have been the best. Be it building a relationship with the kids or patiently answering all our questions with a smile. They were always patient, emphatic, fun and responsive. If you are looking for a place where tour kid can grow, learn and have fun - THIS IS THE PLACE!
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