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Welcome to Cadence Academy Preschool in Olympia, Washington. We are conveniently located at the corner of Boulevard and Yelm Highway, shortly after the roundabout at 2222 Yelm Highway SE in Olympia, Washington. A member of the Cadence Education Family of Schools, this is the second of two locations in Yelm, Washington, serving the Lacey and Yelm Highway regions.

We tailor our small, cozy, child care center for children ages six weeks through four-years-old. Our daycare center is ideal for working families because we can provide lots of specialized, one-on-one attention to the children in our care, and our caregivers love to do it!

Our esteemed, early childhood educators are passionate about their jobs and always make your children feel welcomed and loved. Our staff’s years of experience speaks to their dedication. Each child gets to know every teacher because we are a tight-knit center, and we like to operate like one big, happy family. This approach gives young children a strong sense of comfort and security. So even though we are a “small” early childhood education center, we are “big” on love and learning!

Our Philosophy

We believe a child’s essential early years should be bright and joyful, setting them up for the rest of their lives. Cadence Academy Preschool teachers bring so much light to babies’ first years because we emphasize individualized attention with every child, making your little one feel cherished and loved while engaging in play-based education. This nurturing context allows learning to grow and creates a strong foundation for life.

What Makes Our Child Care Facility Unique

We provide a unique home-like learning environment at every step of your child’s learning. Our caring staff is dedicated, and their longevity is unique;the majority of our teachers have worked for us anywhere from the last five to 12 years.

Our child care center has two large playgrounds with covered and uncovered areas, which are private and safely located away from the street. Each play ground has age-appropriate equipment, and all children have the pleasure of exploring the outdoors. The building is secure from the outside, so you know your kids are always safe.

Our preschool’s kitchen is a small, home-style kitchen, where our cooks create healthy and delicious meals that are age-appropriate and follow USDA Menu standards.

Finally, our customized curriculum targets age-specific development for each group. Some of the programs our families say they love the most include our Kind Child Program, Kindergarten Club, and Bob’s Books Learning Program.

Our Team

Aarika Merriman

Aarika Merriman

School Director

Hello, my name is Aarika. I love getting to spend all day with the kids helping them to grow. One of my main focuses with parents is communication both written and verbal. Outside of work I enjoy spending time with my husband, Kaleb, and my son, Jace.

Reviews from Parents

4.5 Rating based on 57 Reviews Leave A Review
Jen Procick • Google
We are so happy with Cadence! We started during Covid and even though we have yet to come inside, we don't feel like we are in the dark as to how his day is going. Heather is fabulous with communication and even emailed us while he was out sick to check on us. When I ask how his day is, and what he did he always says "I learned stuff". He is happy to go to school and loves show and tell. I especially love the communication we've had with Morgan, the cook. Our son is 100% dairy intolerant and it's nice not worrying if his food is handled safely. We love that they take his food safety as seriously as we do! I can't say enough good things, so glad we are part of the Cadence family!
Whitney Krause • Google
I LOVE this daycare. My daughter has been going here since she was one and it was the best decision we ever made. We always know she is in great hands and she absolutely loves being at daycare because of the teachers and her friends. It puts me at ease knowing that they are so kind and caring to all the kiddos. I never have to worry about her wellbeing. I am so thankful for this place.
Stephen Veres • Google
My son has attended this facility since infancy due to my wife and I both having full time jobs. It's always tough to send your kid off to a first time daycare without knowing what will be to come at the end of the day, but that wasn't and has never been the case here!! He is now three has hasn't been elsewhere due to the kindness, care and professionalism shown daily by the teachers/caregivers. They show each and every child under their supervision care and attention needed daily!! Even during the COVID-19 pandemic they have remained in compliance with CDC guidelines and sanitation protocols temping each child daily upon arrival, rigorously cleaning and making sure the safety of their students is priority!! When my son at 3 tells me how much fun he had at "school", it shows me that Cadence is doing things right!! I would recommend this place to anyone seeking care for their child without hesitation!!!
Aaron Rodriguez • Google
Both of our kiddos have spent time at this location over the past several years - most recently our son. From our experience, the teachers are very caring for the children and take the time to build a level of trust that shows when we drop him off. All of the staff and teachers are kind and composed - particularly Marie who went above and beyond to make sure our son felt safe and happy. It's a tough decision to take your child to daycare, and the folks at this location understand this and help make the transition as easy as it can be in my opinion.

Cadence Academy Preschool

Olympia, WA

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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.