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About Cadence Academy Preschool in Carol Stream, IL

Cadence Academy Preschool in Carol Stream, IL (formerly Rainbow Academy) has been providing quality childcare to Carol Stream, Bartlett, Hanover Park, Bloomingdale, Glendale Heights, and other Western suburbs since 1983. Our preschool center has programs for children from 6 weeks to 5 years of age, and our programs focus on your child’s individual needs and on his/her social, emotional, and intellectual development.

In addition to the high-quality childcare and developmentally appropriate curriculum that your child receives in his/her classroom, Cadence also provides exciting and unique features, including a Computer Lab, Bakery, Multi-Purpose Room, and Theatre.

We require that all staff become certified in first aid and CPR, and our teachers meet and most often exceed the DCFS teacher qualification requirements.

Cadence Academy Preschool is so much more than daycare in Carol Stream, IL. We are proud to provide an exceptional preschool education every fun-filled day in a place as nurturing as home.

The Best Preschool in Carol Stream, IL

Cadence Academy Preschool is a top daycare and preschool in Carol Stream, IL for many reasons. Besides the amazing staff members on board, the school offers an age-appropriate curriculum that will grow your child to new heights.

Our facilities are top-of-the-line with plenty of room for children to learn and play. Our computer lab, bakery, multi-purpose room, and theatre set us apart from other preschools in Carol Stream.

The After Zone

The After Zone serves children ages 5 to 12. Our program supplements the child’s regular school hours by offering morning care, at which time breakfast is offered, and afternoon care. The 4000-square-foot facility is truly a child’s dream after school “hang out” and we even provide transportation between your child’s school and the After Zone. Nine cameras are distributed throughout the facility for safety and security and can be viewed throughout the time that the children are present. The After Zone features:

  • Library equipped with Mac computers, large oak tables for doing homework, leather sofas, and a fireplace
  • The bakery area was designed with child-height cabinets and counters where the children have supervised access to snacks and milk or juice
  • Diva room decorated with a zebra rug, Pottery Barn mirror and vanity, a Wii, and numerous supplies for weaving bracelets, and other fun activities
  • The game room is fully equipped with Xboxes, computers, a Playstation 3, Wii and Wii Dancing and Singing, Ms. Pac-Man, board games, and a plethora of building supplies
  • Theatre equipped with a movie screen, HD projection camera, Dolby sound system, video camera, and popcorn machine
  • Arts & science area with a myriad of supplies, designed to accommodate creative science and art projects

Holistic Care at Our Preschool in Carol Stream

At the Cadence Academy Preschool in Carol Stream, IL, we encourage a genuine love of learning in all of our students. We understand that every child is different, and we promote a learn-at-your-own-pace mentality. This way, children can develop and explore in a safe environment. From hands-on activities to reading prep – we are focused on providing a challenging curriculum that exposes students to different learning styles and techniques.

Reach out today to learn all about holistic care and premier education at the daycare in Carol Stream, IL.

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Our Team

Carissa Klein

Carissa Klein

School Director

Hello, my name is Carissa Klein and I am happily married to my husband Tim. We have 2 cats, a bunny, and planning to have children of our own.

I have been in early childhood education for 10 years. I graduated from National Louis University with a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Practice and Administration. I’m passionate about creating an positive, communicative environment where every student, staff member, and family member feel valued and supported. I spent my first 6 years in ECE teaching children of all ages from infants to preschool, as well as school-aged children. Working with these children and watching them grow has been the most rewarding part of my job.  I am looking very forward to my future work at Cadence Academy Preschool. I am blessed to be the leader of this amazing school.

Andrea Medina

Andrea Medina

Assistant Director

Hi my name is Andrea Medina. I attended Northeastern Illinois University and majored in Early Childhood Education. I have worked in childcare for 20 years and here at Cadence Academy for 13 of those years. For the majority of my time here at Cadence I was a Pre-K teacher and then moved over to Infants for a fun change. I am married and have four children of my own as well as two dogs who keep me quite busy at home as well. Teaching has been a wonderful and rewarding experience that I look forward to being a part of every day!

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Reviews from Parents

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(Updating my review in 2024) We were with Cadence Academy for 5+ years and were happy the entire time. We're only leaving now because we've aged out, moving into Kindergarten. The center is easy to work with (great communication, secure facility, teachers and management are very accessible for questions). The teachers wholeheartedly care for their students as their own children; They know the kids' quirks, how to soothe them, how to motivate or to make them giggle, how to shift the energy of the classroom. By taking care of our kids, Cadence did more than just enable us (as parents) to work. They helped my child *be a child*! They encouraged my child to be independent, to learn, to play, to be brave; Cadence embraced his creativity and nourished his artistic side. They also taught him a lot, while keeping the curriculum age-appropriate (ie. nursery rhymes and play-informed topical education, like learning about nature through drawing or getting outside). Cadence management was also a strong ally. Other childcare centers we attended fell apart because of poor management, but Cadence had excellent communication to parents and seemed to take good care of the teachers. Many of the teachers are long-term staff, further supporting that they're treated well. Long story, made less long - very happy to recommend Cadence, and have done so with several parents in our neighborhood. I hope your experience is as good as ours has been. --- (Original review, 2021) Our child has been attending Rainbow Academy for 2 years, since he was an infant. We've been extremely pleased and know that he's in excellent, loving care. The school communicates well with parents: Pre-COVID, we entered the classrooms to pick up our kids and would get verbal updates in addition to daily reports via an app; Post-COVID, we pickup at the front door so we've lost the direct communication with teachers, but still receive daily reports via an app. I know that if we have a concern, Rainbow's teachers and admins are available to discuss with us. The school provides safe, quality care and education at a fair rate. Very pleased with our time at Rainbow and am happy to recommend them to other families.
Dina P • Google
I couldn’t be happier with our choice to send our son to Cadence. He’s been there 2 years now (leaving for kindergarten this fall) and it’s been a very pleasant experience. Great school hours, absolutely amazing and caring staff from the director to teacher assistants. They organize great events throughout the year, facilities are new and nice decor is a bonus!
Jillian Ryan • Google
Cadence Carol Stream was fantastic! Our kids started in the infant and early preschool class, and they recently moved up to toddler and preschool. They attended for 8 months, and we would have stayed longer if we hadn't moved away! The directors Ms Andrea and Ms Carissa are knowledgeable, communicative, and wonderful with the kids. My daughter happily stops at Ms Carissa's office every day for a sticker. The kids flourished under their teacher's care - they came out of their shells and enjoyed the variety of experiences. We can't recommend them enough!

Cadence Academy Preschool

Carol Stream, IL

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