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About Cadence Academy Preschool

Cadence Academy Mallard is a mile south of the I-85/I-485 Interchange in North Charlotte and was previously known as Gateway Academy. Our childcare center is conveniently located a couple blocks east of I-85 at the northwest corner of Mallard Creek Church Rd and Mallard Glen Dr.

Cadence Academy Preschool is proud to be a part of the Cadence Education Family of Schools. One of the benefits of working with Cadence is that it gets us access to programs that you won’t find at other preschools. We utilize proprietary programs such as Kindergarten Club, Kind Child, and the Ascend Curriculum in our classrooms because they help us prepare children socially, emotionally, physically, and academically for success in elementary school. Testing confirms that our students are more than ready for kindergarten!

And, as elementary schools are altering schedules, we are here to serve your needs and the needs of your school-aged children with enhanced programs to help with virtual learning sessions and more. We also participate in the Meck Pre-K program which provides quality preschool education for qualified families. To learn more and to apply for the Meck Pre-K program, click HERE.

Childcare & Preschool Programs

Ascend Curriculum

Ascend Curriculum LogoThe Ascend Curriculum recognizes that young children need much more than cognitive development during their first few years of life. Our curriculum takes a balanced approach that focuses on the development of creative, socio-emotional, and physical skill. Skills within nine different learning domains such as Mathematics, Literacy, Physical Education, Cultural Understanding, and Kind Child are progressively introduced throughout all of our preschool programs and fine-tuned just before kindergarten in Kindergarten Club.

Kind Child

Kind Child LogoKindness is the foundation of our school’s culture and an important part of our Ascend Curriculum. We want every child that walks through our doors to feel welcome and valued and Kind Child is designed to elevate every child’s emotional well-being and enrich friendships. Our teachers focus on the development of social-emotional skills each month and a character trait like Responsibility, Thankfulness, and a Positive Self-Image every two months.

School-Age Program

Cadence Academy Preschool, Mallard offers a variety of childcare options for local kindergarten and elementary students. We provide care before and after school, during the summer at Summer Camp, and on public school holidays. Transportation for Before & After School Care is provided to and from Mallard Creek Elementary, Parkside Elementary, University Meadows Elementary, Bradford Preparatory School, Stoney Creek Elementary, and Croft Community School. And, as elementary schools are altering schedules, we are here to serve your needs and the needs of your school-aged children with enhanced programs to help with virtual learning sessions and more.

Our Team

Patrisce Hicks

Patrisce Hicks


I’ve been at Cadence for more than 10 years. I come from a big family. I have 3 boys at home, and 1 grandson. I love to read and enjoy traveling and shopping. I enjoy working with children watching them grow into their own person. Helping them to learn and play, getting them to interact throughout the day. Being a teacher has made me a better mother to my 3 boys and a grandma to my grandson.

Jalissa Andrews

Jalissa Andrews

School Director

My name is Jalissa Andrews. I am a wife and mother of three children. I have worked in the early childhood field since 2010, and in administration since 2016. I have a BA in Child Development, MA in Special Education, and an MA in EC Educational Leadership. I love helping others to become their best selves, in education and in life. I strive for the best result in every situation, and I am excited to see what the future has in store for my journey with Cadence.

Favorite quote: “ My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style”- Maya Angelou

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.