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About Cadence Academy Preschool

Our beautiful preschool and child care center, which opened its doors in September 2009, is designed for children ages 6 weeks to 12 years old. Our school was previously known as Gateway Academy, but we changed our name in November 2019 as part of our school’s ongoing commitment to providing families access to the very best preschool programming.

Every teacher at Cadence Academy Preschool, Steele Creek has a genuine passion for the education of the children under their care. When you visit our preschool and daycare center, you will sense our passion and commitment to see every child flourish. 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 Programs:

  • Infant Day Care (ages 6 weeks to 1 year). We use a partnership approach to involve even the busiest parents in their baby’s first learning experiences.
  • Toddler Child Care (ages 1 to 2). This child care program factors in the rapid cognitive, socio-emotional, and physical development of kids ages one to two years old.
  • Early Learners (ages 2 to 3). We foster the development of the “Whole Child” in our Early Learners program.
  • Preschool (ages 3 to 4). Our skilled staff and parents work together to create a solid foundation for your child’s lifelong education.
  • Pre-Kindergarten (ages 4 to 5). In this Pre-K program, children enjoy a comprehensive curriculum that ensures their readiness to succeed in elementary school.
  • School-Age Program (ages 5 to 12). This before and after school program includes homework help and a ton of fun activities to ensure your child has a good time.

Our Philosophy

At Cadence Academy Steele Creek in Charlotte, North Carolina we provide parents peace of mind by giving children an exceptional education every fun-filled day in a place as nurturing as home.

What Makes Our Child Care Center Unique

We believe that every child is unique and special. We also believe that children learn best through play.

Under our teachers’ careful guidance, we lead our students through a theme-based curriculum that encourages expression in the areas of educational, social, physical, and emotional growth. Each child’s growth is further enhanced by the low teacher-to-child ratio in every classroom. We also offer:

  • The Ascend Curriculum, which enables our teachers to create individualized learning experiences for each child in our care. Each month, our students develop skills across nine different learning domains through fun, engaging activities.
  • Nutritious meals and snacks provided by our on-site chef and are included in our regular tuition.
  • Classroom and playground cameras. Our three playgrounds each offer developmentally-appropriate equipment so that every child can have the opportunity to play safely.


Cadence Academy Preschool, Steele Creek received a four-star rating from the state of North Carolina.

More About Our Preschool

Our daycare is located in the Berewick neighborhood on Arrowood Road between South Tryon Street and Steele Creek Road, within one mile of I-485 and I-77. Close housing communities are Berewick, Palisades, The Crossings, Steele Creek, and Planter’s Walk. We serve the following zip codes: 28273, 28278, and 28217. We also serve Lake Wylie, 29710 and Fort Mill, SC 29078.

Our early learning center provides transportation to and from the following elementary schools:

  • Palisades Park Elementary
  • Berewick Elementary
  • Steele Creek Elementary
  • Lake Wylie Elementary
  • Winget Park Elementary

To ensure we meet the needs of today’s busy families, we offer extended hours from 6:30 a.m. until 6:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Our Team

Jackie Handsome

Jackie Handsome

Administrative Assistant

Jackie Handsome has been working in early childhood since 2013 and received a Bachelor’s of Science from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She loves helping children grow and accomplish major milestones in their lives. Outside of working in childcare, Jackie is a Certified Wedding Planner. She is so excited to be joining the Cadence family and working at this wonderful school.

Miss Becky

Miss Becky


Miss Becky is a beloved toddler teacher. She has her Associates in Elementary Education and her North Carolina Early Childhood Credentials. Miss Becky does a wonderful job providing love and attention to the children in her care. She is very hands on and enjoys implementing our curriculum through fun art activities and learning experiences.

Miss Deborah

Miss Deborah


Miss Deborah is a dearly loved infant teacher. She has her Associates in Early Childhood Education and her SIDS certification. Miss Deborah has a fun loving personality and is very nurturing with the infants in her care. She has over 20 years of experience caring for infants and is very knowledgeable, which is helpful for new parents.

Miss Lakendra

Miss Lakendra


Miss Lakendra teaches before and after school at a nearby elementary school, and comes to Cadence Academy during the middle of the day. She covers breaks in all classrooms. All of the children know and love her. She started working with children in 1997, and is extremely patient and knowledgeable. She has her North Carolina Early Childhood Credentials.

Reviews from Parents

4.6 Rating based on 105 Reviews
Tucker Parkerson • Google
April 12, 2021
I wish there were an option to give more than 5-Stars. As first time parents, we were certainly nervous about sending our son to daycare, especially in the middle of a pandemic with COVID-19. Our fears were quickly resolved after sending out son to Cadence. The entire staff has made us feel right at home and they have demonstrated such great care for our son. The staff-parent communication has been excellent from the start and we are constantly kept up-to-date with the KidReports app. If the staff has even the slightest question or concern about our son’s behavior, we instantly get a phone call to discuss. Our son certainly seems to enjoy his time at Cadence, which is huge for us. Even at 10 months old, he gets excited when he sees his teachers come out to get him each morning. He has developed solid social skills and a strong independence thanks to the fine staff at Cadence. To Jackie, India, Asia, Kayla, Gloria and the rest of the staff at Cadence: Thank you for caring so well for our son. We couldn’t imagine a better place for him to be.
Amy Kemery • Google
March 23, 2021
LOVE LOVE LOVE Cadence Academy. I am a first time mom, so choosing the right preschool was very important to me. The amazing staff were so welcoming and made me feel at ease. My daughter loves it and, I think, she wished she lived there!
Amber N. • Yelp
January 24, 2021
Our son has been going to Cadence Whitehall since July 2020. He just adores the teachers & staff. As do we. Everyone is very friendly and helpful. I feel safe bringing him to school here especially during these times.
Kelly T • Google
January 19, 2021
Being a first time mom, it was definitely a difficult decision on which daycare to bring my child. My husband and I toured several in the area, and to be honest, nothing compared to Cadence Academy Preschool at Whitehall. The teachers and staff are incredible! I felt at home, just walking in the door. Trusting strangers with your baby was one of the hardest things as a first time mom to do - not to mention in a global pandemic!! I have been so impressed not only with the communication of the teachers and staff, but with all the safety precautions and measures they have taken to not only keep their employees safe, but our children safe as well. The entire facility is super clean and sanitized all throughout the day! My child is excited to be dropped off in the mornings and some days, he does not even want to leave because he has been having so much fun. He loves daycare so much and he is so loved by all who works there. It shows all over his face every day when we pick him up. He is learning, thriving, and socializing at such a young age. He does arts and crafts and the teachers are sure to send home all the refrigerator ready art! Picking Cadence Academy Preschool is the best decision we have made! We could not be happier!

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