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Creative Expressions Learning Center is now Cadence Academy Preschool!

Early education experiences play a vital role in the social, emotional, physical, and academic development of young children. At Cadence Academy Preschool (formerly Creative Expressions Learning Center), Imperial, we take that responsibility to heart and give each child loving attention and a strong educational foundation that will serve them for many years to come.

Our preschool’s mission is to partner with families in the care and education of their children, and we do everything in our power to create a safe and stimulating learning environment.

Programs Offered:

  • Infants & Toddlers (6 weeks – 2 years). We embed various learning experiences into daily activities in this program, such as feeding, diapering, nurturing, story time, music enrichment, and tummy time.
  • Two-Year-Olds (24 – 36 months). In this program, we work to meet the needs of children developing towards independence
  • Preschool (3 – 5 years). In our preschool program, our skilled teachers work with your child to help them develop knowledge through fun and play.
  • Kindergarten Club (4 – 5 years). Our Kindergarten Club program is a special weekly program that is designed to prepare 4-year-olds for the transition into kindergarten.
  • Summer Camp (5 – 12 years). Kids experience the sights and sounds of America as they go on a virtual tour of top attractions, events, and landmarks in this exciting program.
  • School-Age Program (5 – 12 years). In this program, your child stays involved and stimulated before and after school hours.

Our Educators

We take great pride in hiring the most highly qualified teachers. Our Lead Teachers have degrees in early childhood education, elementary education, or childhood development, or they have suitable experience and formal training through continuing education courses.

All of our team members are required to attend in-service training each year to continue their education in early childhood development. Every employee is required to maintain a current certification in Infant & Child CPR and First Aid.

Accreditations

We have worked diligently to earn and maintain our accreditation through the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). Preschools seeking accreditation through NAEYC must meet or exceed standards in 10 key areas: Relationships, Curriculum, Teaching, Assessment of Child Progress, Health, Teachers, Families, Community Relationships, Physical Environment, Leadership, and Management.

Our Location

Our Imperial location is located at the corner of Seckman Rd and Old Lemay Ferry Rd and our address is 2862 Seckman Rd, Imperial, MO 63052.

Our Team

Shannon Ponzar

Shannon Ponzar

Director

I’m proud to be the Director here at Creative Expressions Imperial. I’ve worked for the company for over 8 years and have a bachelor’s degree in child development and over 25 years of experience working with children. I live in Arnold, Missouri with my husband and 3 children. I believe that every child grows and learns differently and it is our job to help them to be successful.

Natalie Sullivan

Natalie Sullivan

Hi everyone, my name is Natalie Sullivan and I am so excited to join the Creative Expressions team! I began my career in early childhood education in March, 2012, and have worked with a variety of educational programs over the past 7 years. I grew up in Salem, Missouri and moved to the Arnold area during my high school years. After graduating from Fox High School, I attended Webster University where I completed a double major in Educational Studies and Business Management. My husband Brian and I have two children. We enjoy family outings and finding fun things to do in the St. Louis area.

Accreditations

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 67 Reviews Leave A Review
Katie Weinrich • Google
As first time parents, finding a daycare we could trust was one of the first things we started thinking about, even before our baby was born. We had many people recommend Cadence Academy and I’m so glad they did! Our little boy is 3 months old now and has been going for about a month! We have had nothing short of a great experience so far! The teachers are so sweet and plan age/developmentally appropriate activities for them! We get pictures and updates throughout the day which is so nice for this working momma! Highly recommend sending your child here!
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Margaret O'Hare • Google
We have been with Cadence Academy for about two months now and absolutely love it! Our son has excelled intellectually leaps and bounds at 16 months and we are so impressed with the care that he receives daily. We love that the teachers genuinely care for him and his development. The staff is constantly sending us updates on activities that are done in the classroom in order for us to better carry that over and apply it to our home life. We look forward to watching him grow in such a wonderful environment!
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Autumn Sij • Facebook
Started sending my daughter here when she was about 20 months old. I’m constantly impressed by the communication, professionalism and care of the teachers, staff and directors! Also love the curriculum they do with even the Pre- PreK ages!
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autumn sij • Google
As a first time parent I was nervous to send my then 18 month old to daycare/school for the first time. As soon as I toured Cadence I knew my daughter would be in good hands! I love the curriculum they do even for littles, and getting updates throughout the day on the app they use gives me great peace of mind and insight throughout the day. The teachers are so compassionate and professional, I feel 100 percent confident in the education of my daughter with them!
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Imperial, MO

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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.