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About Cadence Academy Preschool

We’re very excited that you want to learn about our preschool! We believe that one visit to Cadence Academy Preschool (formerly Growing Kids Academy) will show you that we’re not an ordinary daycare center. With beautiful natural light, lots of visual stimulation, and hands-on Learning Labs, our preschool academy feels more like an interactive children’s museum, and that’s our goal.

Cadence Academy Preschool is arranged so our students have endless opportunities to interact with the environment, peers, and teachers. Preschool children ages 3 to 5 are rotated to different Learning Labs throughout the day, which are designed to progressively encourage the development of physical, cognitive, emotional, and social skill. Our teachers individualize activities within our Ascend Curriculum to the interests and current skill level of each student so that these early educational experiences are engaging and fun!

Our Preschool’s Programs

Kind Child Program

Kind Child LogoKindness is the foundation of our preschool’s culture and Kind Child is a proprietary program that helps us focus on the emotional well-being of each child in our care. We want every child that walks through our doors to feel welcome and at home and we have made Kind Child programming a standard part of our monthly curriculum. We work towards the development of social and emotional skills each month and focus on a character trait such as a Positive Self-Image, Empathy, Politeness, and Thankfulness every two months.

Getting Ready for Kindergarten

Kindergarten Club logoAn exceptional, fun-filled education is part of our preschool’s promise to you. Our skill-based Ascend Curriculum and dedicated teachers work hand-in-hand to create early educational experiences that will serve your child in elementary school and beyond. Skills within 9 different subject areas are progressively introduced starting in our Infant and Toddler programs and are further developed in Preschool and Pre-Kindergarten. We work towards important developmental milestones at every age level and polish these skills just before kindergarten in Kindergarten Club.

Our Location

Cadence Academy Preschool is nestled between I-95 and U.S. 1 (Jefferson Davis Highway) and is also just south of U.S. 17 in Fredericksburg, Virginia. The best way to get to our preschool is via Spotsylvania Parkway, which borders us to the south. If you have a school age student, we provide transportation to and from Lee Hill Elementary, Riverview Elementary, Cedar Forest Elementary School, Parkside Elementary School, Courtland Elementary, and Courthouse Road Elementary in Spotsylvania.

Our Team

Brittany Lewis

Brittany Lewis

School Director

Our director Brittany Lewis has been with Cadence Education since 2011. She started at our sister school in Fredericksburg, Va. During this time, she has worked her way from being an assistant teacher to lead teacher, then was promoted to the Administrative Assistant position in 2014.  In 2018 she was promoted to the assistant director position. Brittany earned her Associates Degree in Childhood development in 2017 she also completed the Leadership Training Program with Cadence Education in 2017.

Brittany was born and raised in Spotsylvania County. She got married in February of 2021 and is the proud mama of her son Christian.

Melissa King

Melissa King

Assistant Director

Melissa joined Cadence Education April of 2008 at our sister school, Winwood Children’s Center, Gainesville location, where she taught in the Pre-Kindergarten classroom. Melissa has more than a decade of experience in early childhood education and has also worked with infants, toddlers and two-year olds.

Melissa completed Cadence Education’s Leadership Program in 2012 and earned her CDA (Child Development Associate) credential in 2013. She is planning on completing an associate degree in Education. Melissa has been married since May of 2020. She is a mother of three and has two sweet little dogs named Esme and Athena. In her free time, Melissa enjoys spending time with her family.

Reviews from Parents

4.7 Rating based on 78 Reviews Leave A Review
Cassidy Ramey • Google
Jacqueline • Google
My kiddo has been with GKA for a couple months now and we couldn’t be happier. We have been to a couple places in the area and GKA is where it’s at! Drop offs and pick ups have been so smooth (even with COVID) and he waves bye at the door! Even on the couple rough mornings, his teacher and staff have been great to give him a little extra attention to transition that day. At pickup, conversations home include what he did that day and what his favorite thing was for that school day. My kid is totally on track for Kindergarten and I have seen so much from him in the 3 short months he has been there. He has started writing more independently and loves when there are hands on learning activities (he has loved the pumpkin volcanoes for Halloween, the magnet blocks, and even the math recognition game with clothes pins). When he sees the pictures taken of him throughout the day, he smiles and tells me more about school. Everyday is full of learning, building on their knowledge, and play....all important things to get from preschool. Thank you GKA for giving a place for our little one to learn, play, and call home.
Sonja Kegley • Google
We have used the school for both of our children. My oldest started when she was 2.5 years old and graduated pre k. She is now there for breaks and drop in care. My youngest has been going since she was 15 months old and she is almost 3. The staff are amazing, they know every child by name, the academic quality is excellent. My oldest went to Kindergarten so prepared that she was bored for the first part of the year. The summer camps are fun and on non covid years they take multiple field trips a week. My kids are so happy there that they never want to come home. They are extremely responsive to questions or concerns. We can call and check on our kids at any point and they transfer you directly to the classroom to talk to your child's individual teacher. They have helped so much with potty training as well. They also do Parents night out several times a year which the kids love and gives us a much needed date night. They also have a pool so during the summer the kids get to have time in the pool, and they use a sprinkler for the littles. My kids are happy, they learn so much and love the teachers. I really could not ask for better.
Phil Kegley • Google
Our family LOVES Growing kids academy. They have always been excellent with both our kids and prepared them for school, they are always so far ahead of all the other kids because of what they have learned at gka!

Cadence Academy Preschool

Fredericksburg, VA

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