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Welcome to Cadence Academy Preschool in Tacoma, Washington. We are conveniently located at the corner of 96th Street South and South Hosmer Street in Tacoma, Washington.

About Cadence Academy Tacoma

Cadence Academy in Tacoma has been dedicated to providing the highest quality childcare to local families since 1986. Our preschool provides early childhood education programs for four-week-old infants up to school-age children. Our early daycare center has secure entrances, spacious classrooms, and a private playground situated far from the street to ensure children feel safe and comfortable while learning. We also offer a large play area for our older students and a separate play area for our younger children.

At Cadence Academy Preschool in Tacoma, WA, our infants and toddlers are immersed in colors, shapes, and sensory experiences. Our preschool has Baby Signs certification, and our instructors do an exceptional job teaching infants and toddlers to communicate before they can use words. Our preschoolers learn through programs like Zoo-phonics, Spanish, name recognition, writing letters and tracing shapes, along with many other curriculum components.

Our school proudly offers a Kindness program that teaches self-respect and respect for others and prepares young students to be contributing members of society. In Pre-Kindergarten, students participate in the Pre-K Plus Program. This curriculum includes intensive Hands-On Science, Lego Engineering, and Bob’s Books Reading Program. In addition, our older students have the opportunity to enjoy field trips in the summer months, as well as fun filled educational camps during school breaks.

Our child care center serves breakfast, lunch, and an afternoon snack that are healthy, nutritious, and USDA approved.

Childcare, Preschool & School-Age Programs Offered

  • Infant Daycare (ages 6 weeks to 1 year) – A daycare program designed to foster your baby’s early foundational skills in a calm, secure environment.
  • Toddler Daycare (ages 1 to 2) – An interactive toddler daycare program designed to improve your child’s sense of discovery.
  • Early Childhood Learning (ages 2 to 3) – An early childhood education program focused on improving gross and fine motor skills, vocabulary, and learning through discovery.
  • Preschool (ages 3 to 4) – A well-designed preschool curriculum designed to lay the foundation for success in learning.
  • Pre-Kindergarten (ages 4 to 5) – This Pre-Kindergarten program combines the skills and experiences taught in previous years to prepare students for the transition to Kindergarten.
  • School-Age Program (ages 5 to 12) – Students are picked up from local elementary schools to enjoy an afternoon of fun, learning, and growth.
  • Summer Camp Programs (ages 5 to 12) – From adventures in nature, to academic activities, and playing sports, our summer camp program ensures that children do not fall behind in the break between school years, while also having a fun time with their classmates and our awe-inspiring instructors.

Our Philosophy

Since children learn best through play, Cadence Academy Preschool in Tacoma has designed a signature curriculum that stimulates their cognitive, socio-emotional, and physical development while keeping them active and engaged.

What Makes Our Child Care Center Unique

Our teachers are “STARS/MERIT” qualified, which means they are up-to-date on the latest education experience your child can receive.

Because our preschool is centrally located, we work with three area elementary schools: Christensen and James Sales in the Franklin Pierce School District, and South Gate in the Clover Park School District. These school districts provide transportation for Head Start, ECEAP, kindergarten, and school-age children. Our childcare program has a van that provides free transportation to and from James Sales, giving parents the opportunity to choose which school they would like to enroll their child.

Finally, we are educationally partnered with the Franklin Pierce School District to strengthen the successful transition from preschool to elementary school.

More About Our Private Preschool

We proudly serve communities surrounding Charlton Lake, including Lakewood, Parkland, and Span away. Many of our students also hail from families working at nearby McChord Air Force Base, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, and the U.S. Army base.

Our Team

Margaret Schumacher

Margaret Schumacher

School Director

My name is Margaret, but please call me Mugsy! I have worked in early childhood education for over 32 years and I have both an AA in Early Childhood Education and a Bachelors of Arts degree.

I have been married to my husband, Pat, for nearly 30 years and even though I am the actual mother to four grown children, I see myself as everyone’s mother. I work to be a champion for all children and all families. I consider it an honor to provide our children a strong educational foundation and I work relentlessly to improve our school. I continue to take courses and read often to make certain that I’m doing everything I can to provide great care for our kids and the Sleater-Kinney Cadence Academy community.

Reviews from Parents

4.2 Rating based on 53 Reviews
Sam Hoehne • Google
May 22, 2021
I did weeks of research to find the right school and Cadence is the place to be! Not only are they kind, caring and loving of all the children in their care but they have an amazing education program too! I could write a book on all the amazing things about Cadence but I have limited space. If you are looking for the best childcare for your little one, this is the place to be.
Tonya Tiedemann • Google
April 12, 2021
I recently enrolled my 3 year old daughter at Cadence Academy in Tacoma. I was a little nervous about her attending school again as she has been out of daycare for the past year due to Covid. But, she has done great! Within a day or two, all the staff and teachers knew her name. When I would pick her up and I asked her if she had a good day, she’d yell excitedly ‘it was GREAT!’ Last week we were talking about what college was and I asked her what she would like to do when she grew up, she yelled ‘I want to be Miss Erica (her teacher)! She’s really nice!’. It put my mind at ease and I knew I made the right decision on sending her back to school. It’s also wonderful that they provide really great breakfast meals, lunches and snacks for the kids. One less thing for me to worry about - not having to make lunches! Woohoo!
Jesse Field • Google
March 13, 2021
The new Assistant Director is awesome! She went above and beyond for me, as I'm sure she does for everyone else. Lots of smiles!
Ebony Edge • Facebook
January 14, 2021
I’ve been bringing my kids to this center for 21 years.. so I’ve seen many faces throughout my years! It isn’t the faces that I remember, but those long lasting impression and those teachable moments that seem to last a life time.. I just want thank you to Ms. Esha for carrying for my child as if he was her own, I know that he’s in great hands and I have no worries when he’s in her care or class! She has made such an impact he comes home repeating the structure and consistency she has in her classroom! Keep up the good work Ms.Esha and continue to teach and nurture Messiah! Thank you for the long lasting impression and impact you’ve made in his life!

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