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About Cadence Academy Preschool in East Peoria

At Cadence Academy Preschool, we believe families should make the most out of childhood. For this reason, we always take great steps to provide exceptional care for the children our preschool serves, as well as offer a unique and personalized educational experience for each student.

The main goal of our preschool learning center is to provide a safe, happy learning environment for each child that will stimulate their development at their own, personal pace.

We deliver loving care that focuses on each child as a unique and wonderful person, and in doing so, develops confidence and respect for others.

Our Preschool & Childcare Programs:

  • Infant Childcare (6 weeks – 15 months). Our infant daycare program gives families peace of mind by delivering a stimulating experience in a place as nurturing as home.
  • Toddler Childcare (15 months – 2 years). Everybody learns better when they are having fun, and our toddler program is no exception.
  • Two-Year-Olds (2 – 3 years). This childcare program emphasizes social skills, courtesy, and much more.
  • Preschool & Pre-K (3 – 5 years). We use an expertly developed Pre-K curriculum to give every child the skills and confidence for the next step in their life, elementary school.
  • School-Age Program (5 – 12 years). Need an extended day option for your children? Check out our before and after school care programs.
  • Summer Camp (6 – 12 years). As part of our summer program, children engage in fun physical, educational, and creative activities that encourage them to explore what they can achieve.

A Focus on Positive Behavior

Cadence implements a program in our preschool learning center to enhance social and emotional development, and promote school readiness in all children. The approach, which was originally developed by the Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning (CSEFEL) involves a pyramid model to address the social and emotional needs of children.

We use the Positive Behavior Strategy (PBS) method to recognize positive behavior and minimize challenging behaviors in our children.PBS focuses on being proactive in preventing challenging behaviors by building positive relationships. It also allows us to create a supportive atmosphere for our students, and uses specific techniques to teach social and emotional development.

With PBS, the amount of time our experienced teachers use to address challenging behaviors is greatly reduced, and in turn, helps our staff better focus on the positive behaviors, and provide quality support to all students.

If you are interested in learning more about PBS, we suggest that you visit these resources:

Our Preschool’s Security

At Cadence Academy Preschool in East Peoria, our number one priority is to keep your child safe. We are grateful for the opportunity to care for your children while you work or go to school, and we promise that we will meet all of their needs in the best possible way.

Please help us continue to be proactive regarding security and keep your front door codes private. We ask that all other individuals ring our daycare facility’s doorbell before entering. We are always here to check ID’s. Whether you need to have someone different pick up or child, or an emergency comes up, always remember to notify us of the change. We will direct any of your approved caregivers to the right classroom and alert the teachers.

Our Team

Jennifer Farney

Jennifer Farney

School Director

I am so excited to be your Director at Cadence Academy East Peoria. I worked at the Peoria school as a teacher from 2008 to 2010 in the 2-year-old classroom, then moved to the Morton school to work with Preschool/Pre-K.  During my time at Morton, I worked hard to continue my education and get additional experience so I could become Director Qualified.  In 2016, I went to one of our Peoria schools to be Assistant Director and then became Director in 2018.  I love being a Director because I can work closely with the students and the families.

I currently live in Morton with my husband and 3 children. I love being involved with my children, church, and my community. I am very active in events that are put on around our community and keep my children involved as well.

I am here to help the East Peoria school be the best that it can be and to support everyone so that we can ensure it will remain the high-quality childcare facility it has always been.  Family is very important to me, and I work very hard to make our school a family environment!

Tara Dorrance

Tara Dorrance

Assistant Director

Hello my name is Miss Tara!  I have worked at Cadence Academy since 2008.  I worked in the Toddler room for 6 years as the Assistant Teacher.  In October 2022 I finished my degree in Early Childhood Education and became the Lead Teacher.  I have a wonderful husband Jon and together we have 3 amazing children Kaylee, Karter, and Noah.  We also have 2 dogs Sadie & Luna as well as 2 cats Mrs. Kitty and Percy.  When I am not at work, I love to spend time with my family traveling.  I am a huge Harry Potter fan and enjoy reading the books and watching the movies whenever time allows.


NAC Accreditation

The National Accreditation Commission for Early Care and Education Programs (NAC) is a national accreditation program that was developed for early care and educational programs. NAC offers early childhood leaders the opportunity to demonstrate and document quality performance using research-based criteria and evidence-based practices. The National Accreditation Commission provides a comprehensive, ongoing quality improvement system and accredited schools must meet standards in the following 6 component areas: Administration, Family Engagement, Health and Safety, Curriculum, Interactions between Teachers and Children, and Classroom Health and Safety.

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Ashley McClain • Facebook
As a first time mom I was scared to leave my child anywhere. However Cadence Academy has become part of our family. I feel as if each one of the workers care for the kids as their own. I really love the app makes me feel like I’m a part of the day and I know what’s going on without really being there. My son loves being at daycare and the structure for the day is amazing. I would highly recommend this daycare to anyone I knew.
Bayle Easley • Google
I absolutely LOVE this preschool. My kids are happy and the teachers are top notch. They care about your children and the school is always clean and inviting. I would not hesitate to enroll your children here. Jackie the director is amazing and always so kind as well as her staff! Thank you for all you do!
Kyle Case • Facebook
Can’t speak highly enough about this place. My daughter and I absolutely love the staff and environment that cadence(rogys) provides. Over the last 4-5 years I’ve gotten to know the staff very well have personally seen how much they care for their students. Can’t see going anywhere else
Kyle Case • Google
Can’t speak highly enough about this place. My daughter and I absolutely love the staff and environment that cadence(rogys) provides. Over the last 4-5 years I’ve gotten to know the staff very well have personally seen how much they care for their students. Can’t see going anywhere else

Cadence Academy Preschool

East Peoria, IL

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