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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

4.4 Rating based on 52 Reviews
Kay Renee • Facebook
May 27, 2021
Being that we are a military family, we've moved to many states and have interacted and enrolled our children in many day cares. Cadence Academy on Martin has easily been the BEST school my kids have been enrolled in. Amber and Aarika are super approachable about ANY conversation or issue and they get to know the families! The staff is very patient and loving to my super energetic kids. And my kids love going into school everyday! The preschool at our next duty station will have some big shoes to fill!
Michelle Murrell • Facebook
April 26, 2021
I wouldn’t want my son to go anywhere else! They are so friendly and really thrive to make sure his school work is done and on time. They make the environment calming and comfortable. My son always talks about wanting to come to school everyday! He loves all of the teacher. The staff is always very helpful and amazing at communicating!! Thank you everyone at cadence academy for making my childcare experience exceptional.
Tahahni Arni Gray • Facebook
March 16, 2021
I highly recommend this school, I researched the best school to put my daughter in and stumbled across this school and was thoroughly impressed with what I read, they have a high accreditation for educational excellence. My autistic daughter who is 4 just started a week ago and the teachers/staff are extremely accommodating to her needs. I was so happy to hear that her teacher has worked with other autistic kids in the past. My daughter is excited about going to school everyday and it warms my heart. She is becoming more engaged with her fellow classmates. I am excited to see her to continue to progress at Cadence Academy. I love that I am informed of everything that goes on with my daughter and sent pics of her daily. I 10000000% recommend this school, you won't recommend sending your child or children here.
stephanie lee • Google
February 12, 2021
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!!

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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.