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About Cadence Academy Preschool, Big Hollow

The directors, teachers, and staff at Cadence Academy Preschool, Big Hollow are committed to making the most of your child’s first educational experiences. If you’re currently searching for a daycare provider that will help your little one reach important developmental milestones or a preschool program that will prepare your child for success in kindergarten, you’ve come to the right place! Our childcare center has a welcoming homelike environment where children learn through fun and engaging educational activities that are proven to prepare them for kindergarten.

Preschool & Childcare Programs

Kind Child Program

Kind Child programKind Child is an important part of our school’s culture and a key part of our monthly curriculum. Cadence preschools take a skill-based approach to early childhood education, which helps us balance our attention between social-emotional, academic, creative, and physical development. Our Kind Child programming gives us the opportunity to develop social and emotional skills and valuable character traits. Be sure to ask about Kind Child when you come in for a visit. It’s a wonderful program that helps our preschool students build confidence and positive friendships.

NAC Accreditation

NAC Accreditation logoThe National Accreditation Commission (NAC) for Early Care and Education Programs provides daycare centers and preschools the opportunity to demonstrate and document the quality of their educational programs. Cadence Academy Preschool – Big Hollow first earned its NAC Accreditation in December 2008 and we’re committed to continuously improving our programs and services, which is a requirement to maintain NAC Accreditation.

The National Accreditation Commission requires childcare providers to meet or exceed dozens of standards within six component areas: Curriculum, Classroom Health and Safety, Interactions between Teachers and Children, Administration, Health and Safety, and Family Engagement.

Parent Communication

Maintaining an open line of communication with families is an often overlooked part of the preschool experience, but we have found that young children thrive when there is a strong partnership between parents and school. We offer a variety of communication pieces to keep you up-to-date with your child’s day and their academic progress, but our most popular form of communication is an app that allows your child’s teachers to send you real-time updates and photos. We also host fun-filled events for the whole family throughout the year so that you can build a strong relationships with our staff.

Our Preschool’s Location

There are four Cadence preschools in Peoria, Illinois and Cadence Academy Preschool, Big Hollow is located in Central Peoria at 6101 Big Hollow Rd, Peoria, IL 61615. Our preschool center is surrounded by U.S. Route 150, Illinois Route 6, and I-75. If you’re traveling on US-150, you’ll want to exit on either Charter Oak Rd or Big Hollow Rd. Charter Oak Rd is also the best exit if your commute is on IL-6.

Need before or after school care for your elementary student? We provide transportation to and from Ridgeview Elementary School, Kellar Primary School, and Charter Oak Primary School.

Our Team

Molly Lavin

Molly Lavin

School Director

I studied Child Development and Early Childhood Education at Illinois Central College and Illinois State University. I started working in early childhood education in 1998 as a teacher in the toddler room. I have worked with all ages and started in management in 2014. I became a Director at Cadence Academy Preschool in July 2020. What I like most about working in early childhood education is watching the children grow, learn and develop, knowing that I can have a positive impact on the children. I love working with all the children and their families at my school!

In my free time, I enjoy reading, traveling and spending time with my family!

Lisa Lee

Lisa Lee

Assistant Director

I studied Elementary Education at ICC. I started working with children in 2001. I have been a teacher for many years and now I am the Assistant Director for the last four years. What I like about early childhood education is watching the children grasp new concepts and get excited. I will forever and always love the children that come through my school!

In my free time, I love to do crafts, I play pool on a league and I love to fish!


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

4.7 Rating based on 81 Reviews Leave A Review
Shataisia Thompson • Google
Cadence academy has been wonderful for our son. He was having several issues at the last daycare he attended and we have had a much more professional and positive experience since he’s been here. Thanks Cadence
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Aaria Justice • Google
This is an amazing facility with amazing staff and management. My daughter has learned so much since attending here and actually enjoys going to school. Lisa always gives us a warm welcome. Molly the director goes above and beyond for this center and she’s always very helpful. I have nothing but good things to say about this center and would highly recommend here to everyone!
Edi Janes • Google
We have only been here for a short time but it is a breathe of fresh air. I always know what is going on with my toddler and school ager. The every day reports are so nice and the daily pictures

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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.