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About Cadence Academy Portland

Cadence Academy Preschool, Portland offers nurturing childcare and preschool programs for families in NE Portland. This school served as a preschool in the community for over thirty years prior to us opening our doors, but needed major remodeling before it became the first Cadence Academy location in 2000. Our preschool center features two cottages, a fenced playground, and an outdoor gardening area.

Preschool Programs

Our Educational Philosophy

We take a balanced approach to early childhood education and have created a preschool environment where children find joy in learning. We are focused on the social, emotional, and intellectual development of each child in our care and we work towards the acquisition of meaningful and useful academic skills.

We give each child the tools to succeed so that when they enter more formal educational systems later in life, they have the skills and confidence to thrive. Our preschool and childcare programs encourage positive relationships and the development of critical thinking skills, which evolve through experimentation, exploration, and play.

Family Involvement

Communication between parents and school is a critical aspect of a successful early educational experience. We have a Parent Orientation prior to your child’s start date, parent conferences each April, and constantly provide feedback on your child’s development.

We have an open door policy and encourage your involvement in our preschool community. Many parents stop by to read to the children, help in the garden, participate in school events, or join us on field trips.

Our Team

Reviews from Parents

5.0 Rating based on 51 Reviews Leave A Review
Keija Lee • Facebook
We love Cadence Academy Gateway! Our daughter has attended for the past 18 months and loves it. The staff is professional, reliable, friendly, nurturing and loving. There is very little staff turnover, which is very comforting! The director, Emily, is a fantastic communicator and comes up with a ton of creative activities to get families involved and enrich the school culture. We feel at peace sending our daughter here every day.
Russ Hernz • Google
This is the first time for my son to socialize since Pandemic. Kudos to Cadence Academy for making it easy for him during this hard time. He really love to go here everyday! Very Friendly Staff! Thanks to Directress Emily!
Natalie Hornstein • Google
Cadence Academy Gateway is a great preschool program! The staff are kind, supportive, and great with communication. My child loved going to school and we felt great knowing she would have a good day and come home happy. They provide a lot of bonuses (like all the meals/snacks, photo updates) at a very affordable rate. We would highly recommend Cadence to anyone seeking childcare in our area!
Katy Sheehy • Google
We are so exceptionally grateful for the care and attention you’ve given our kiddos. As they grow up we’ve seen them grow kind, thoughtful, and curious about the world around them. My partner and I so appreciate the seeds Cadence/CMLC has planted and the wonderful ways our kiddos are growing into themselves. The teachers here are so kind and patient. We love how the teachers have taken the time to really get to know the kids and tailor their approaches and lessons to their interests and needs. They’ve done all this while braving a pandemic!

Cadence Academy Preschool

Portland, OR

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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.