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Welcome to Cadence Academy Preschool in Lacey, Washington. We are conveniently located at 8911 Martin Way East in Lacey, Washington, in the Hawks Prairie area. Our private, secure day care center is also located near major freeways for easy access.

As part of the Cadence Family of Schools, we are a licensed preschool and day care center providing early childhood education and care for children, ages four weeks through 10-year-old. Our private preschool is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). NAEYC is dedicated to improving early childhood education and provides accreditation for high-quality programs.

Our day care learning center is designed to ignite a love of learning in all children. We base our activities around play, and instill an early confidence in naturally inquisitive children, teaching them the joys of education.

We offer high caliber, child-focused curriculum with thematic units rich in diversity, which challenge our students to absorb the wonders of the world. Our caring teachers provide children with a nurturing, loving, and structured environment, as well as learning opportunities appropriate to each child’s stage of development.

Our Philosophy

At Cadence Academy Preschool in Lacey, Washington, we believe in the power of intentional education, and it is our mission to provide every child with an active, playful early childhood learning experience that will be beneficial for a lifetime.

We welcome each child to our preschool as part of our family. We make sure to keep parents informed of their child’s progress in a variety of ways, including via daily reports, parent-teacher meetings, and digital communication through our unique Kid Reports app.

Daycare, Preschool & School-Age Programs

  • Infant Daycare (ages 6 weeks to 1 year) – A daycare program designed to foster your baby’s early foundational skills in a calm, secure environment.
  • Toddler Daycare (ages 1 to 2) – An interactive toddler daycare program designed to improve your child’s sense of discovery.
  • Early Childhood Learning (ages 2 to 3) – A childcare program focused on improving gross and fine motor skills, vocabulary, and learning through discovery.
  • Preschool (ages 3 to 4) –A preschool curriculum carefully designed to jump start a lifetime of learning and achievement.
  • Pre-Kindergarten (ages 4 to 5) – Our Pre-Kindergarten program incorporates the skills and experiences taught in prior years to get students ready to transition to Kindergarten.
  • School-Age Program (ages 5 to 10) – Children are picked up from local elementary schools to enjoy an afternoon of fun, learning, and development.
  • Summer Camp Programs (ages 5 to 10) – From adventures in nature, to academic activities, and playing sports, this program ensures that kids do not fall behind during the break between school years, while also having a good time with classmates and our energetic instructors.

What Makes Our Day Care Unique

Our qualified, passionate instructors love their jobs and care deeply about all the children and families we meet. As experts in the field of early education, our teachers participate in ongoing education. We believe it is vital to be constantly learning and improving, and we stay informed and engaged with our children at the highest level possible.

Baby Signs is a sign language program for hearing infants and toddlers that serves to foster language development and communication while they are learning to speak. Studies show that infants and toddlers who use sign language are happier and less frustrated, learn to talk sooner, and they get a long-lasting boost in their intellectual development. All of our infant and toddler teachers have achieved Baby Signs certification.

For our school-aged children, we offer transportation service to several local schools, including Seven Oaks, Meadows, Evergreen Forest, Olympic View, and Lydia Hawk. We offer an enriching Before and After School Program, as well as full day programs on school holidays, and vacations. We include nutritious meals and healthy snacks in our tuition.

More About Our Preschool

Our private pre school has been in operation for more than 11 years, and we are proud to be a part of Lacey’s vibrant community. Come by and visit us at Cadence Academy in Lacey anytime. We look forward to meeting you soon!

Our Team

Amber Ducharme

Amber Ducharme

School Director

I have been working in Early Childhood Education for more than a decade. Prior to coming to Cadence Academy I worked at Lower Columbia College as a Mentor Teacher to college students taking classes in Early Childhood Education. I am currently working on obtaining my degree in Business Administration with a certificate in Human Resources.

I am a mom to a beautiful daughter named Claire. When I am not spending time with my family, I enjoy camping, fishing, watching football and hiking our beautiful state of Washington. I look forward to meeting you in the near future.

Shelby Bridges

Shelby Bridges

Assistant Director

I started my passion working with kids in high school during volunteering at a preschool. I then became a preschool teacher and decided to go for my BA in Early Childhood Education. I have been in the field for more than four years and I am excited to learn and grow as the Assistant Director.

Kimberly Spears

Kimberly Spears


I have worked with children since the age of 12, babysitting the neighbor’s children and watching my sister. I graduated from South Puget Sound Community College in 2011 with my degree in Early Childhood Education. I have worked at Cadence Academy since 2011 and started as a floater and am now an Infant Teacher and I LOVE IT! My hobbies are going for walks and riding bikes and I love to explore and go on vacations.

Reviews from Parents

4.5 Rating based on 58 Reviews Leave A Review
Stephanie Lee • Google
This school has been a lifetime for me as a full time working mom. My son has been attending Cadence since before he turned one and we followed the director from one school to another because I trust her so much. The teachers are amazing, the chefs prep amazing meals for the kids and each person there is watching over our children and really care about what they’re doing. Can’t say enough good things!!
Erika Rowland • Google
Bud Hancock • Google
I am very grateful To Cadence Academy for there helping with my daughter Shoshanna! It was a pretty stressful time in our family's lives. Shoshanna used to attend The Children Courtyard where they terminated her attendance with not much warning, or without working with us on a custom plan of action for our Child. One of the main concerns was that Shoshanna was not interacting socially as they deemed fit. So, low and behold, we no longer had a daycare/learning center for Shoshanna, and we started to research what was next for our daughter. Through this process, we discovered Cadence Academy in Lacey, right next to Hawks Prairie Vet Clinic (Sweet!), as I train dogs for a living and can use that area. Also, Mud Bay is right there as well. However, it was the warmth and can-do attitude of the whole staff at Cadence Academy that blew me away. Usually, you will get a performance or show when you do your tour, but actions followed, such as participation and teamwork with helping Shoshanna potty train while at Cadence during the day. A luxury we did not recieve previously. Extremely timely performance reports are sent to me daily on her diet, activity if there was an incident, how it was handled, and the information on Shoshanna's reaction, which is extremely valuable to me as a father. If I ever dropped Shoshann off to daycare previously to Cadence Academy, she would cry extremely hard. I miss her too! But there was a connotation that maybe the environment was not the best for her either. I did not expect that Shoshanna, after parking in front of Cadence Academy to drop her off for the day, that she would be racing me to the door, literally running and giggling. A warm welcome from the staff always! Once in the Foyer, she sprints to the next interior door giggling and laughing! Hard for me to punch my code in, she harasses me for speed. She runs to the classroom! Her teachers/mentors in her class have been amazing and patient with her. Shoshanna can sometimes take a little time to warm up, and the patience exhibited at Cadence Academy is impressive. Our potty training had improved exponentially; they have worked with me countless times as I call every day to let them know I am coming a few minutes after 10:00 a.m. Through my custody situation with Shoshanna, mornings are crucial for me to spend time with her. 6:30 a.m. to 9:30, and I make the drive into Cadence Academy. I sincerely appreciate the modifications they have made so I can spend more time with my daughter every day. They have provided some stability to Shoshanna's life, and the results are undeniable. I will shoot a video this morning of drop off and attach it to this if I can, or I will upload to YouTube and copy and paste the link in this review later so you can see what I am writing! Thank you so much for your help, my review has been long overdue, and I want to be clear that you all are unique and essential to me for helping to improve Shoshanna's life, which makes me extremely happy! Coffee? Pastries? Yes, I'll drop off Shoshanna today, I will be making a run to get those items and take them to our Lovely Staff at Cadence Academy, Lacey branch!
Montez Meraz • Google
Love this place! My niece was a past child here and my nephew is a current child here and thry both love it here. The staff is wonderful and great to every child.

Cadence Academy Preschool

Lacey, WA

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