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Overview
  • Programs
  • Our Team

Welcome to Cadence Academy Preschool in Gig Harbor, Washington, one of the best harbor towns in the Northwest! Situated on the Puget Sound in Pierce County, we are conveniently located next door to the vet office and across the street from the chiropractor’s office at 3716 56th Street, NW in Gig Harbor, Washington.

At Cadence Academy Preschool in Gig Harbor, Washington, we dedicate our early childhood education center to making your family life even more enriching by providing high quality, well-rounded daycare programs for your growing children. We are proud to offer top-notch preschool programs for children, ages six weeks through five-years-old.

Our Philosophy

As part of our preschool’s philosophy, we strongly believe that every child should have ample opportunity to express his or her unique personality. A strong sense of self can never start too soon. We foster healthy, authentic, and inspired early childhood development through exceptional programming, nurturing care giving, and strong parent-teacher relationships.
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  • Infant Daycare (ages 6 weeks to 1 year) – A day care program designed to encourage the strong bonds, warmth, and security your child enjoys at home.
  • Toddler Daycare (ages 1 to 2) – Our toddler day care program is designed to inspire your child’s sense of discovery and active learning.
  • Early Childhood Learning (ages 2 to 3) – An early childhood education program focused on improving gross and fine motor skills, vocabulary, and learning through discovery activities.
  • Preschool (ages 3 to 4) – This program helps prepare students for Pre-Kindergarten.
  • Pre-Kindergarten (ages 4 to 5) – A Pre-K program that combines the skills and experiences taught in previous years to get your child ready for his or her transition to Kindergarten. 

What Makes Our Preschool Unique

We believe our success translates to your child’s success. Cadence Academy Gig Harbor, Washington has been in operation for over 20 years. As early childhood development experts, we utilize effective daycare programs for each age group we serve.

Every day, our early childhood education staff follows a carefully-planned schedule complete with developmentally-appropriate activities that are also lots of fun, including creative art, construction, active play, games, dramatic play, science, cooking, crafts, and early learning time. All of our teachers actively engage your children in ways that develop awareness, self-control, and decision making.

Creativity abounds at Cadence Academy Gig Harbor, and our instructors love to ignite young imaginations.Our specially curated curriculum, the Ascend Curriculum, features stimulating and fun programs such as Math Their Way, Zoo-Phonics, Baby Signs, Fun with Fitness, and Spanish, just to name a few. Our preschool program, which prepares kids for their future educational journeys, is designed to meet the physical, social, emotional, and intellectual needs of each child.

We firmly believe the most important part of a child’s development is their independence, and we guide this process by encouraging children to solve problems and have positive interactions with their peers. Most importantly, we teach children to express their feelings with words rather than physical action. These types of social skills and self-regulation habits are vital during this stage of growth.

Our private preschool has two beautiful playgrounds, privately located along a greenbelt. One playground is for our toddlers, and the other is for our three- and four-year-olds. We have playground equipment for climbing and sliding, as well as tire swings, bikes, and riding toys. There is plenty of space for our children to run, play, and get their wiggles out!At Cadence Academy in Gig Harbor, educational playtime is all of the time.

More About Our Preschool & Day Care Center

We are proud to serve the neighborhoods around us, including Tacoma, Lakewood, University Place, Port Orchard, Narrows, and Fox Island. Many of our families have children who attend local elementary schools, such as Geiger Montessori School, Discovery Elementary, Harbor Heights Elementary, and Artondale Elementary.

Our Team

Debbie Zajac

Debbie Zajac

School Director

I have been working in Child care since 1995. My training has been in Early Childhood Education. I have a passion for working with children and believe that they need love and nurturing in order to succeed in their developmental growth. I am a wife of more than 30 years, a mother and a grandmother. I have 3 daughters and a grandson and granddaughter. When I am not at work, I enjoy spending time with my family and going to church activities. After working as a teacher here at Cadence Academy, an opportunity for me to grow with the company came along and I joined the management team as Assistant Director. I am very happy to have accepted the position as School Director and look forward to an exciting new future.

Sharice Pastor

Sharice Pastor

Assistant Director

I have been working in the child care field for more than 12 years. I spent most of my career working at the YMCA of Honolulu as the Program Director. I love working with children and teaching them every day. Thank you for trusting me to take care of your children as I know it is hard to leave them in someone else’s care.

I was born and raised in Hawaii on the island of Oahu. I am married to my wonderful husband that I met at our church, and we have a son that attends our school. I love spending time with my family and exploring Washington in my free time.

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.