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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 57 Reviews
Alex Gattman • Google
April 12, 2021
Cadence Academy is a wonderful school that does a great job teaching and welcoming students. My kids are always so excited to show me something new that they learned. I get updates throughout the day and feel confident the kids are having an enriching experience.
Pago M. • Yelp
March 23, 2021
Cadence Academy, Yelm Highway have amazing staff with so much heart and caring mindset. It's wonderful seeing our daughters get excited about going to school here. The teachers really make an effort to engage the kids and develop them in a very individualised way. The management is really committed to providing a safe, fun, and loving environment. We are very thankful to Taimane's teachers Ms. Rachell and Ms. Marie for doing an amazing job with potty training and so as making Taimane feel at home. Our 19 month old daughter Tamirah just started going to Cadence Academy Yelm Highway this month and we absolutely love the commitment Ms. Britani and Ms. Hannah put in to make her feel comfortable in their classroom. We appreciate the daily posts on Kid Report. It's amazing to have a place where you feel like your kids are safe and are in better care. We highly recommend Cadence Academy Yelm Highway for taking such great care of our kids and helping them  grow in their learning journey!
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.

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