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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


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


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


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.


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 135 Reviews Leave A Review
Jordan Masterson • Google
My son started at cadence academy in 2016 when he was just 8 weeks old. This year he is five, and is approaching his last few months spending 8-9 hours a day there. From day one, I felt confident and secure, leaving my tiny infant in the hands of the staff there. I could check in online and visit whenever I needed to. He took his first steps there. Started potty training there. And ultimately met his best friends and learned more than I ever imagined he would, before starting kindergarten! Cadence Academy has been my saving grace, the last five years and I’m so thankful for them and taking such amazing care of my son for the past five years! We are going to be so sad to leave when he starts kindergarten this fall. They use an app online to post daily attendance times, post pictures of the kids playing and eating, daily meals and how much or how little the child eats. And pre Covid days, you had to have a special code to enter the building. So you can rest assured, your child is going to be safe inside the building until you pick them up. They have conferences with each parent twice a year to update you on your child’s development and daily interactions. They are the best of the best teachers, and are always ready to great the kids with positive energy and happy smiles, every single day. 10/10 highly recommend!!
Peter Atwell • Google
Cadence Academy has been awesome! Our kids are almost 2 and 4 and have been going to Cadence for about 18 months now. The staff all communicate well and often. They use an app that allows us to see all the activities for each of our kids throughout the day and frequently share pictures as well. Natalie (School Director) has been great as well. She has been flexible with our schedule being crazy because we are a military family, and they have cooperated very well the childcare assistance programs available to service members. Our kids both love their teachers, and really enjoy going to school here. Highly recommended!
Jessica Stessman • Google
Kelsi Kennison • Google
We love our daughters teachers and staff at Cadence Academy. We know she is in great hands when shes there. They communicate with us on every small thing. As first time parents, we appreciate their safety protocols and responsiveness. Here, we know she stays safe while she learns.

Cadence Academy Preschool

West Des Moines, IA

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