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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.

Reviews from Parents

4.7 Rating based on 54 Reviews
January 11, 2021
Today is my sons last week. He has been with Cadence Academy for almost two years. In those two years he has spent the majority of his time with Ms. Rachel and Ms. Marie. Every single morning, I wish I was joking, he will ask: "I wake up, I go see Ms. Rachel and Ms. Marie, okay?" Often times Ms. Rachel was the only person who could take care of my son because he is so attached to them. We are moving to Georgia and I have anxiety that he will not find anyone like those two to care for him and his needs. I cannot say enough good things about Cadence Academy. Even during this pandemic they have strived to be available for us essential working parents and be safe. Their communication is excellent and the care is even better. We will miss you all so very much!
Heather McClure • Facebook
December 09, 2020
I can not say enough good things about this place. My kids have gone here for 3 years now and we have always been treated very well and my kids have always been loved. The management staff is phenomenal and is always communicating. The teachers are beyond amazing. Now that students are distance learning everyone here has gone above and beyond to make sure my kids are successful and staying on schedule. Its a feeling you can not describe when you know your kids are safe and happy but now more then ever healthy! Their COVID health policies are top priority and I am so thankful for it.
Brittney Callahan • Facebook
November 18, 2020
I couldn’t ask for a better childcare facility for my daughter. Throughout our time at Cadence Academy, Yelm Highway, we have experienced kindness, professionalism, and compassion! Deb and Brenda are communicative, organized, and understanding. They are always ready to advocate for families and help in any way possible. They, along with Rachel and Marie (teachers), have been nothing short of amazing and genuine. The classroom, and facility as a whole, is clean, safe, engaging, and welcoming. I couldn’t imagine taking my daughter anywhere else! I highly recommend Cadence Academy, Yelm Highway if you are looking for childcare!
Amber Clements Erdahl • Facebook
November 12, 2020
I highly recommend Cadence Academy Yelm Highway!! The Director, Deb Hartough is organized, communicative, and definitely shows care and compassion for the children! Also the teachers Salani and Ariana who help facilitate the kids’ Kindergarten class are fantastic!! It is clear to me that they are experienced in teaching kids, communicate frequently to me about the kids’ progress, are caring and compassionate to the kids, have great organization and classroom management and ensure my kids get all their schoolwork done as assigned! The teachers don’t just facilitate their schoolwork - they also help “teach” the children by helping them practice and showing them how to do something correctly. I am so thankful for Cadence Academy Yelm Highway for taking such great care for my kids and helping them grow in their learning journey!

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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.