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Welcome to Cadence Academy Preschool, Yelm Highway! We offer a nurturing homelike environment your family will love and a skill-based curriculum that prepares young mind for future academic success. If you’re looking for nurturing daycare for your little one or a preschool program that will make the most of your child’s first educational experiences, you’ve come to the right place.

Our Preschool’s Programs:

Ascend Curriculum

Young children learn best when they are active and engaged! The Ascend Curriculum encourages preschool children to participate in a number of ways. As one teacher works closely with a small group of  students, other students will be engaging in hands-on learning with peers at various learning centers throughout the classroom. This approach creates more personalized interactions between teachers and students and gives children space to take responsibility for their own learning.

Our teachers help our students develop new skills in 9 different learning domains every month. Skills are often taught at a challenging pace, but our teachers are encouraged to modify activities to match the needs and interests of each child. We want your child’s first educational experiences to supportive, challenging, and fun so they develop important skill sets and a love of learning!

Kind Child

Kind Child is a beautiful part of our monthly curriculum that focuses on the social and emotional needs of our children. We encourage our students to adopt valuable character traits like a Positive Self-Image, Responsibility, Empathy, and Thankfulness and work on new emotional skills every month. Our mission is to elevate the emotional well-being of every child in our care and promote positive friendships!

School Age Programs

Cadence Academy Preschool, Yelm Highway has full day and half day programs for local elementary students on school breaks and during our annual Summer Camp. On normal school days, we offer before and after school care for elementary students at Chambers Prairie Elementary and Lakes Elementary School in Lacey; and Horizons Elementary School, McKenby Elementary School, and Centennial Elementary School in Olympia, WA.

Our Team

Brenda Costanzo

Brenda Costanzo

Assistant Director

Hello! My name is Brenda Costanzo. I have 2 children and 7 grandchildren. I have been married to my wonderful husband for 39 years. I have been working in childcare for 20 plus years and have enjoyed every moment of it. I have been with Cadence Academy for 15 years. I have been here with Cadence Academyl for 15 years and at Yelm Cadence Academy as the Assistant Director for 9 years. I am glad to have this opportunity to watch all of the children grow.

Deb Hartough

Deb Hartough

Center Director

As Director, I look forward to working closely with parents to make our school an educational, loving environment for children to learn and grow. I previously worked for Cadence Academy from 2004 to 2013 starting as a Cook, then moved into teaching as a 2 Year Old Teacher, and was later promoted to Director. I am delighted to be back!

I was born and raised on Long Island New York and moved to Washington State in 1994. I am the proud mother of three young men ranging from 19 to 28.

Reviews from Parents

4.8 Rating based on 63 Reviews
Amanda L. Adhikari • Facebook
October 20, 2021
My daughter has been apart of Cadence since she was 1.5 years old and now she is 5. She absolutely loves it! My child loves all the teachers and as a parent that’s the best feeling to know she is in great hands everyday! The teachers at cadence are all supportive, friendly and willing to go above and beyond for the children! Miss Salani in the forest room is absolutely amazing and has a masters in education. She is patient and kind and has prepared my child for kindergarten so much that my child is confident and independent! The transition was so easy and successful! Thank you!
Sarah Ashcraft • Google
September 27, 2021
I love having my children attend Cadence Academy! They take great care of them, and they’re always happy when I pick them up. Things are very clean and they have excellent meals. The staff is friendly and helpful and they work hard to keep things safe!
Kaitlyn Pace • Google
August 13, 2021
Bich Pham Hughes • Facebook
July 22, 2021
My son loves his school/ teachers and friends. He went there for 3.5 months and the pandemic started which I had to pull him out sadly. After 1 and half year staying home, he couldn’t wait to be back. It was such an easy process. He loves Ms Mari and his friends right away. No crying on the first day of school. The one who cried was me . Every morning, he is ready to go to school and happy to say hi to everyone to school. I love how much outside time he has and class activities. He was late in speech but after 1.5 months, I can see the difference. He starts saying more words. He is my first and finding a daycare for him that I can feel confident is hard. This school is what I chose and hasn’t regretted it. On top of that, 10% off for state employee

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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.