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About Cadence Academy Preschool, Lake Street

Welcome to Cadence Academy Preschool, Lake Street! We believe in making the most out of your child’s first educational experiences and have created a homelike preschool environment where children develop valuable skills through play and engaging educational activities. We offer daycare services for infants and toddlers, preschool programs for ages 2-5, and before & after school care and summer camp for school age children.

Our Preschool’s Programs:

NAC Accreditation & Silver Circle of Quality

NAC Accreditation logoCadence Academy Preschool, Lake Street first became accredited with the National Accreditation Commission (NAC) in February 2012. The Association for Early Learning Leaders is committed to excellence in the field of early childhood education and established the NAC to offer childcare providers the opportunity to demonstrate and document quality performance. Accreditation requires us to meet and maintain 91 standards in 6 component areas: Administration, Family Engagement, Health and Safety, Curriculum, Interactions between Teachers and Children, and Classroom Health and Safety.

ExceleRate Silver Circle of QualityWe are also pleased to report that Cadence Academy Preschool has earned the Silver Circle of Quality through ExceleRate Illinois. ExceleRate Illinois is a statewide quality recognition and improvement system that provides a framework for daycare centers and preschools to identify opportunities and take steps towards positive improvements. Silver Circle programs must meet of exceed quality standards in the following three areas: training & education, learning environment & teaching quality, and administrative standards. Much like our NAC Accreditation, our Circle of Quality designation requires us to be actively engaged in continuous quality improvement.

Food for Thought

The Food for Thought Program at Cadence Academy Preschool was designed to ensure that our students are fed nutritious meals and snacks every day. We provide a healthy well-balanced menu with fresh or frozen fruits and vegetables, many whole grain and whole wheat items, and we limit the amount of sugar in the items we serve. Our Food for Thought Program provides us a solid foundation to nurture healthy minds and bodies.

Partnering with Our Parents

We believe that children do best in a preschool setting when there is a strong partnership between school and home. We maintain an open door policy with our parents and welcome our families to visit at any time. We offer a variety of communication pieces that keep you informed about your child’s day and their academic progress. Our most popular method of communication is our app that allows us to send you real-time updates – what your child is learning, the fun things they’re doing, and pictures too.

Our Team

Alisa Sweatt

Alisa Sweatt


Hello! My name is Alisa Sweatt and I am very happy to the Director here at Cadence Academy Preschool Lake St. I began my early childhood career at Rogy’s in 1996. Since then, I have enjoyed worked as an Assistant Teacher, Teacher, Assistant Director, and now as Director. I have an Associates Degree in Child Development, a Level 1 Director Credential, and Level 4 ECE Credential.

In my free time, I love spending time outdoors and camping with my husband and 3 sons.


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.

Reviews from Parents

4.8 Rating based on 66 Reviews Leave A Review
Kaitlyn Force • Google
My boys have gone to this daycare for 2 1/2 years and we love it! The staff is amazing and very friendly.
Tearra Thomas • Google
I love this daycare from all the teachers (Kiara, Katelyn x2 Miranda, and ms renee) just to name a few and the directors themselves as well. I never had an issue with my kids. Front infants to preschool 1 my boys enjoy going to daycare they run to their teachers when they see them. It lets me know I made a good choice you the entire staff for all you do.
Zachary Young • Facebook
I have had an excellent experience at Cadence! My daughter was able to easily transition because Cadence has provided such a warming welcome to her. They have provided her with a structured setting that's also fun. she brings artwork home often and always tells me about how much fun she had throughout the day. I am glad that I was referred to the Cadence on Lake Street in Peoria Heights!
Madison Reese • Facebook
My daughter Salem started last month and she is absolutely loving all her new friends and her teacher Ms. Renee. she’s learned so much already and I love seeing her happy 🖤 they send daily updates so it’s awesome to follow along with her days. Lacey made the whole process so easy and got us in as soon as she could.

Cadence Academy Preschool

Peoria Heights, IL

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Preparing Your Child To THRIVE

Your child is unique, and we are happy to provide an educational, fun, and nurturing environment where each child can develop and thrive in order to build a bright future with unlimited possibilities.