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Cadence Academy Preschool, Lincoln offers high quality child care and learning for infants, toddlers, preschool, pre-Kindergarten, Kindergarten, and school-age children. Our “surround care” program also offers care for school-aged children before and after school and a full day program for school vacations, summer vacation, holidays and school closings. We also provide transportation to and from Northern Lincoln Elementary School, Lincoln Central Elementary School, and Lonsdale Elementary School.

The center is located in the business park between the Lincoln Mall and Lincoln High School, behind Amica Insurance. Our building includes developmentally appropriate classrooms and large outdoor playgrounds. We also offer the Itty Bitty Sports program and KinderDance weekly.

We offer affordable rates, convenient hours and a great location minutes off all major highways. In addition, we utilize a nationally recognized curriculum and approach to education that you will see in action in all our centers, which provides a strong foundation for children’s academic success. Our teachers provide a warm, nurturing environment in which every child can be successful. Children retain more when they’re having fun so our programs emphasize learning through play.

We are also proud to host the Kids Connect Program at our Lincoln school. For more information, please Contact Us!

Our Programs

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Parent Communication App

We have an extraordinary Parent Communication App that our teachers use daily to relay information and send pictures to family members, send newsletters, and track developmental progress for each child’s portfolio! With this application, parents/guardians are able to opt into email or text alerts and they can receive any information, instantaneously, about their child and their child’s school day.

Teachers and staff can tag daily pictures with our Developmental Domains (Social/Emotional, Physical, Artistic, Cognitive, and Language/Literacy) and are then able to communicate with the parents/guardians by adding captions or sending quick little notes. Families LOVE this feature and we’re utilizing it more and more each day! We are so excited to be able to communicate with our families throughout the day and to show them what their children are learning each day.

BrightStars Program LogoWe are VERY proud to be a BrightStars rated program! For more information about BrightStars and the high quality standards they demand of their rated programs, please Visit the BrightStars website!

Tuition includes breakfast, hot lunch, daily snack and beverages, as well as formula for infants. We invite you to visit our center. We’d love to give you and your family a tour. For more information or to schedule a visit, contact us today!

Our Team

Heather Grocott

Heather Grocott


I first started my journey with the Cadence family in 2007 in our Smithfield location as a Kindergarten teacher. I then entered the company’s Management in Training Program, working in several of our locations while also training staff in various areas of early childhood education. I made my home in Lincoln in February of 2010 as the Education Coordinator of the site. I later became the Director of our school in May of 2011.

I am a graduate from Providence College in Elementary and Special Education, where I obtained a bachelor’s degree. I also have a Master’s Degree from Rhode Island College in Early Childhood Education. My true passion is not only working with children, but sharing knowledge with families and teachers in order to provide high quality early learning experiences. I make it my mission to stay current and active in the field of Early Childhood Education here in Rhode Island. I am a proud member of the National Association for the Education of Young Children, the Rhode Island Childcare Director’s Association, as well as the Rhode Island College Early Childhood Advisory Board. I have had the honor and privilege to deliver professional development opportunities at both the local and national levels throughout my career. I also share my passion for early learning as an adjunct professor at two local colleges. In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my family, cooking, the beach, and teaching dance.

Reviews from Parents

4.9 Rating based on 41 Reviews Leave A Review
Leslie Burton • Google
We are in our 7th year at Cadence Academy and have been nothing but happy. From the infant room to the school age program, we have had wonderful teachers and happy children! The management team is responsive and have always had my children's best interests at heart. I drop my kids off every day knowing they are happy, loved, and safe. Their Covid response and preparedness has been wonderful as well. I highly recommend Cadence Academy in Lincoln.
Kate Polucha • Google
My children have been going Cadence Academy in Lincoln since they were 3 months old. Miss Heather, Miss Tracey, and the teachers are professional, caring, and treat my children like their own. Cadence Lincoln is the best early childhood education center in Northern RI and I highly recommend it!
Maretta Poston • Google
Great staff
Sarah Craveiro • Google
We have been a Cadence family since 2016 (formerly Children's Workshop Lincoln) and highly recommend it. We transferred from a different daycare in Smithfield when my oldest was 2. We were fed up with constant turnover and being off ratio at drop off times. We have never had that problem with Cadence. That is one of the significant differences with a larger center. The stability and quality of care is top notch. I credit this to their amazing administration and experienced teachers. The staff is tenured, well trained and turnover has been minimal. Every room is extremely clean and linens are regularly laundered in-house. They provide all of the food and drinks – hot, healthy kid-friendly meals. The administration keeps families well informed of changes and upcoming events. Teachers use the Kaymbu app to share pictures, daily notes, important reminders, etc. And the curriculum is no joke – we call Cadence the ‘college of daycares’. The teachers from infant to pre-K truly follow through week after week with fun activities to learn and develop their little minds. The administration also plans weekly visits from a variety of outside vendors like Kinderdance (music & movement) or Itsy Bitsy Sports, all included with tuition. In full transparency, I will say our beloved ‘college of daycares’ is not cheap. But I can say from experience (after making the mistake twice) - it’s worth it. When our oldest was transitioning to Kindergarten, we had a new baby that needed daycare. With five more years of daycare costs ahead of us, we decided to put the baby in a different center that was less expense and regretted it immensely. The baby is now at Cadence and we could not be happier. Yes, there are cheaper centers around and yes, those teachers are loving too. But the structure, cleanliness and activities did not compare. My advice for friends that are looking for daycare is to look at the full experience (curriculum, daily schedule, are they geared to mostly full-time kids, part time etc), ask for a recommendation from a current family (not one whose child "used to" attend somewhere) and not be deterred by a large center/chain. For full-time, 5 days a week care - Cadence is the right choice for us and gives us peace of mind for years to come.

Cadence Academy Preschool

Lincoln, RI

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