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Enroll in our Toddler, Preschool or Pre-K program by September 30, 2021 and enjoy free registration!

Cadence Academy Preschool is proud to be a part of the Cadence Education Family of Schools.  One of the main benefits of working with Cadence Education is that it provides us access to preschool programs like Kind Child, the Ascend Curriculum, and Kindergarten Club.

About Cadence Academy Milwaukie

Cadence Academy Preschool, Milwaukie is located in the Westmoreland district in Southeast Portland. Our preschool center features beautifully designed classrooms, a community room with a lending library, an indoor gross motor area, a children’s garden, and an outdoor enrichment area.

Our Milwaukie location is 1 of 5 Cadence Academy Preschool in the Portland Metropolitan Area. We are proud to offer Portland families media-free child care services with healthy menus and small class sizes. Our philosophy is to enrich children’s lives through the creative arts and leading early childhood educational programs. Our focus is on the social, emotional, and intellectual development of each child in our care and creating a progressive, positive environment for children, staff, and families.

Our Preschool Facilities

Our preschool center was carefully designed with soothing colors, lots of natural light, age-appropriate equipment in every classroom, and murals painted by our featured artist, Stephen Williams. We have beautiful commercial kitchen with a chef who prepares a healthy lunch every day and snacks in the mid-morning and mid-afternoon. There’s a laundry facility on-site to launder soiled clothes and cloth diapers. This school also features an indoor gross motor skills area for those rainy Oregon days and a community room for enrolled families, which has a comfortable area for nursing mothers.

Ascend Curriculum LogoOur preschool features the same excellent programs embraced at our other schools such as the Ascend Curriculum, music and dance, Reggio Emilio inspired art, science, gardening, and drama. We regularly take walks in our local community and offer field trips to educational places such as the Oak Bottom Wildlife Refuge.

Family Involvement

We hope you will become involved by participating in classroom activities, joining us on field trips, and attending school events. Your participation broadens our child care programs and benefits our children and staff in a very special way. Parents are always welcome to visit their children at any time.

Our Team

Laura Gordon

Laura Gordon

Assistant Director

My passion has always been to work with children, to teach them ,and help them grow. When I was around 11, my mother started having me volunteer at her in-home daycare. It was during that time that I knew working with children was something I could easily do for the rest of my life. I would lead activities, help with tutoring, answer phone calls, prepare snacks, and often times, I’d even be the janitor!

Since that time, I’ve worked with children in many different arenas. During high school, I worked as an after school tutor and a weekend babysitter. From the ages of 19-20, I worked full-time at a summer camp & after school program and from 21-25, I worked with an International non-profit organization traveling the world, teaching English, music, art, and math to children in third-world countries.

I currently serve as the Assistant Director for the Broadway location of the CMLC schools. I started as the Lead Teacher for our 1’s classroom and was recently promoted to AD. I have truly enjoyed my time at CMLC and I hope to continue being a part of this great community!

Reviews from Parents

3.9 Rating based on 11 Reviews
Jason Fifield • Google
July 26, 2021
Westmoreland Cadence Academy Preschool has been a wonderful place for our son. The teachers are caring, knowledgeable, and offer great support for the children in attendance. The activities and lessons are excellent, and our son looks forward to being there. We really appreciate knowing that our son is well taken care of. They have also been very good about Covid-19 policies, and they have made the experience of attending daycare during a pandemic as positive as it can be. The only frustrating thing has sometimes been a lack of available teachers, but I believe the management is working on this and it has improved.
Sierra L. • Yelp
June 14, 2021
I inquired about applying as a child care attendant which was pretty awesome & I forgot I was out of state & she promptly moved ahead to inform me she only interviews Oregon residents, then I responded with I live in Washington County as a result she had to end our first conversation with sorry  I reminded her that the man doing child care in the yard outside was suspicious looking and unfriendly towards the children at play, as I had witnessed from my bike  ride around the area.
Sarah C. • Yelp
April 30, 2021
I have two little girls going to Cadence now. One in the infant room, and the other in toddler class.  I have been so impressed with the way the school has handled the COVID protocols while maintaining the overall care quality. They helped my littlest (10mo) with her daily torticollis physical therapy and are allowing an educational space for my oldest (2.5 yr) to grow and push boundaries and make friends.  In this crazy time, I am so happy to have this center be a stable and safe place for my littles. Thanks to all of the teachers and staff!!
Annie Gatzlaff Barclay • Google
November 18, 2020
Our daughter has attended this school for nearly 2 years (she's 2.5), and our son just started there as a 6 month old. After our positive experience with our daughter, we had no reservations about sending our son here as well. The teachers and staff genuinely care about our children, and create fun, age-appropriate and educational activities to keep them engaged on a daily basis. They receive healthy prepared meals and get outside when weather permits, both of which were important to us when selecting a childcare option. I receive frequent updates on their daily activities throughout the day, and usually hear a fun story about my child at pickup time. The staff has been extremely transparent about their operations and protocols throughout the COVID pandemic; I know that our children are safe and well cared for.

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