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About Cadence Academy Wilmington

At Cadence Academy, Wilmington we offer child care and early childhood education programs for children ages 6 weeks through 12 years old. Our amazing preschool features 11 custom-designed classrooms where students have ample space for learning, yet enjoy a cozy atmosphere that feels like home. 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.

Every parent and family is important to us, and we pride ourselves on delivering excellent care for our children. These efforts have not gone unnoticed:we were recently selected as the winner of the “Shorepicks 2016 Best of the Cape Fear Region” in the Childcare Center category and won Best Day Care in Wilmington for 2017 as voted by Wilmington Magazine readers!

Our Preschool & Childcare Programs

  • Infant Childcare (ages 6 weeks to 1 year) – An infant childcare program created to maintain the strong bonds, warmth, and security your child enjoys with you at home.
  • Toddler Childcare (ages 1 to 2) – We have designed our toddler childcare program to encourage your child’s sense of discovery and active learning.
  • Early Learners (ages 2 to 3) ­– Our Early Learners program focuses on improving gross and fine motor skills, vocabulary, and learning through exploring.
  • Preschool (ages 3 to 4) – This preschool program focuses on fully preparing students for Pre-Kindergarten.
  • Pre-Kindergarten (ages 4 to 5) – We weave in the skills and experiences taught in previous years to prepare students in Pre-K for the transition to Kindergarten.
  • School-Age Program (ages 5 to 12) – Students are picked up from local elementary schools to enjoy fun, learning, socializing, and growth.
  • Summer Camp Programs (ages 5 to 12) – From adventures in nature, to academic activities, and playing sports, this program ensures that kids do not fall behind in the summer break, while also ensuring they have a blast with their friends.

Our Philosophy

We know that a child’s first five years are critical to cognitive, social, creative, and physical development. At Cadence Academy, Wilmington, we encourage children to learn and grow by providing a foundation of developmentally-appropriate educational experiences in a safe, nurturing environment.

What Makes Our Childcare Center in Wilmington, NC Unique

We are a four-star accredited preschool and exceed the high standards set by the state of North Carolina for child development.

Throughout the year, we offer several opportunities for families to get involved in our school: community yard sales, ice cream socials, spaghetti dinners, parents’ night out, and many other special, family-focused events.

We also offer a nutritious breakfast, lunch, and afternoon snack, included in the price of tuition, and prepared each day by our wonderful cook. Additionally, we have the best After School program in Wilmington: it includes homework help and free transportation from area schools for students in kindergarten through fifth grade.

More About Our Preschool

Our preschool learning center is located at the intersection of Military Cuff Rd and Middle Sound Loop Rd at 7131 Market St, Wilmington, NC, 28411.

Our Team

Monica McLamb

Monica McLamb

School Director

I’m from Willard, NC and I have over 20 years of experience in the childcare field as a Teacher and a Director. I have my associates degree in early childhood education and started with at this school when we opened in November 2005. I have been married for 26 years and have 2 children, Josh and Courtney (who also works with in the Infant classrooms here at Cadence Academy). I just recently became a grandmother to my first grandson, Kagen.

I love working with children and making their environment a fun filled learning experience that keeps them coming back for more. It is my goal for all of our families to feel like they are at home when they leave their children in our hands as they go off to work or school. Cadence Academy has become my second home as I spend my days making sure that our families and staff are well taken care of.

Jessica Tew

Jessica Tew

Assistant Director

Jessica Tew has been with Cadence Academy since June 2006. She has over 16 years’ experience with all age groups and has her Early Childhood Credentials as well as several additional Education classes from UNCW. She has a daughter, Peyton, who has grown up at Cadence and a step-son, Jacob, who will be attending college soon.

Nadia Neal

Nadia Neal


Nadia Neal is our Young 3-Year-Old Teacher and has been with Cadence since January 2008. She started teaching in Belize and has over 11 years of childcare experience with an Early Childhood Credential. She is married with one child and in her spare time loves traveling back home to Belize, running, shopping, and spending time with family.

Wendy Fera

Wendy Fera


Wendy Fera is our Infant One Teacher and has been with Cadence Academy since August 2006. She has over 8 years’ experience working with children of all ages. She is married with 2 children and 4 grandchildren. In her spare time, she enjoys knitting, baking, and card making.

Reviews from Parents

4.8 Rating based on 124 Reviews
Christine Shuler • Facebook
October 19, 2021
My almost 2 year old has been attending Cadence for about a month now…I do not know how to adequately express how welcome and supported our family has felt from day one. Monica and Jessica and EVERYONE have made us feel like part of a family, not just another attendee at a child care facility. The center is modern, organized, and clean and the snacks and meals provided daily are healthy and creative. We are so happy to be at Cadence and I recommend Cadence unequivocally to everyone seeking child care! With all our love, The Shulers
Diana • Facebook
September 13, 2021
Hello, I would like to attend a tour of your school. If you have availability on Thursday, September 23rd at 11:00 am, I would love to take one spot. Thank you, Diana Crosland
Kristen Mczeke • Facebook
August 09, 2021
My granddaughter has been attending Cadence Academy for several months now with the Summer Campers and she truly looks forward to waking up every morning to go to school. The teacher's are amazing and are truly dedicated in their work. They go over and beyond with their curriculum teaching and offer exciting new activities daily. She is learning something different everyday and talks about it all the way home. I am so excited I chose this school for her and highly recommend their care to any family. Thank you Cadence Academy for offering TRUE quality care ❤
Jada Wehinger • Facebook
July 06, 2021
My son is 4 months old and has been attending Cadence Academy for a month now and I absolutely love it for him! His teachers are amazing and everyday my baby leaves happy! I would highly recommend it here for anyone who is looking for childcare!

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