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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

4.7 Rating based on 53 Reviews Leave A Review
Rocio Banuelos • Google
This school has been a blessing to my child, my husband and I. They took my child in from another cadence (worst experience EVER!), and received him with open arms and ready to love him. The teachers have been very patient, loving, and promote learning and independence. They are fully focused on your child’s specific strengths and areas of growth. The director and assistant director are always wonderful, with a smile on their faces welcoming you and your child with warmth. They both are excellent communicators and always treat everyone with respect and dignity. My son is excited to go to school every day and I as a parent feel at ease and fully confident that my child will be loved, taught, cared for, treated equally, and treated with respect. Thanks to them my husband and I can focus on our careers without any stress, anxiety, or worry about our child.
Christene Parker • Google
We love this place! They take great care of my little one. She absolutely loves going to school every day!
Heather Cowan • Google
Very impressed with the quality of care that the staff provides to my niece and her little friends she has made here. They have made her transition into childcare seamless, very grateful for the level of care provided. Thank you!
Lisa Seager • Google
I have never had a child this young in childcare before, so I was very nervous about putting my little one in at only 8 weeks old! I’m happy to say that there was no need to fear! I am very pleased with all of the staff at Cadence Yelm, 2! They put my nerves at ease and my little one seems so happy to be there and is always content at pick up! The infant teachers are always so nice and welcoming! Definitely recommend!!!

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.