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The staff at Cadence Academy Preschool (formerly Learning Edge Childcare & Preschool), New Berlin takes the responsibility of educating young children to heart and have dedicated themselves to creating a nurturing preschool environment that balances the development of social, emotional, physical, and intellectual skill. We offer care and early education programs for ages 6 weeks to 12 years old.

Our Programs

The Ascend Curriculum

Ascend CurriculumOur proprietary Ascend Curriculum is different from the curricula you’ll find at other preschools because it takes a skill-based approach to early education. The flexible framework built into the Ascend Curriculum allows us to help your child progressively build skill sets in a wide variety of subjects like Literacy, Mathematics, Technology, and Kind Child every month. Teachers are encouraged to modify activities to the needs and interests of each child so that these educational experiences are engaging, challenging, and fun!

5 Star Rating & NAC Accreditation

YoungStar Rating LogoYoungStar is the child care quality rating and improvement system that the State of Wisconsin uses to measure the quality of thousands of child care providers every year. YoungStar’s rating system gives parents a snapshot of a program’s overall quality by evaluating four important areas of care: Education & Training, Learning Environment & Curriculum, Professional & Business Practices, and Children’s Health & Well-Being. Learning Edge Childcare & Preschool, New Berlin currently has a 5 Star rating, which is the state’s highest rating.

NAC Accreditation LogoOur preschool has maintained accreditation through the National Accreditation Commission (NAC) since December 2008. NAC Accreditation requires us to continually meet or exceed 91 Standards across component areas such as Curriculum, Classroom Health and Safety, and Family Engagement. Both Learning Edge locations are accredited and we’re proud to be 2 of over 1,500 NAC Accredited programs across the country.

Getting to Our Preschool

Cadence Academy Preschool is conveniently located just north of the I-45. If you’re traveling on the I-45, take the exit at Moreland Road and head north, turn left a couple blocks later to head west on Beloit Road, then left again to head south on Emmer Drive. Our preschool center is at 5245 S Emmer Drive, New Berlin, WI 53151.

Our Team

Erin Thurmer

Erin Thurmer


I have been with Learning Edge since 2007. I started my career as a Lead Teacher, then after 3 years I transitioned to the Assistant Director position, and in 2013 I became one of the School Directors. I graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh with a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education for PreK-6th grade with a minor in Language Arts. I am married and have 3 wonderful children.

Catherine Biggs

Catherine Biggs

Assistant Director

I have been with Learning Edge since summer of 2016 and working with children since my college days in 2005. I have my Bachelors in Early Childhood Education and a passion for educating young children. I have experience working with all ages as well as being a center director. I was a Lead Teacher and worked with both our Toddlers and 2½-year-olds before becoming Assistant Director here at Learning Edge. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, going to the movies, or reading a good book while listening to music.


NAC Accreditation

The National Accreditation Commission for Early Care and Education Programs (NAC) is a national accreditation program that was developed for early care and educational programs. NAC offers early childhood leaders the opportunity to demonstrate and document quality performance using research-based criteria and evidence-based practices. The National Accreditation Commission provides a comprehensive, ongoing quality improvement system and accredited schools must meet standards in the following 6 component areas: Administration, Family Engagement, Health and Safety, Curriculum, Interactions between Teachers and Children, and Classroom Health and Safety.

Reviews from Parents

5.0 Rating based on 74 Reviews Leave A Review
victor sun • Google
My daughter really enjoys every day staying in Learning Edge in New Berlin. She loves all the teachers, the activities and the food. As parents, my wife and I would, with NO reservations, recommend this great Childcare & preschool to anyone.
Danielle Gallo • Google
The team at Learning Edge has been extremely welcoming and helpful as we've transitioned our son to their 4K program. I have really appreciated their upfront information that they have provided as well as the seamless communication tools they have in place. They are extremely responsive via both email and phone. I've also really appreciated the KidReports app to be able to get information on what my son has been up to during the day with pictures and details, and a great way for me to communicate with their teacher. We've been extremely happy with our choice at Learning Edge!
Kristen Hogan • Google
We have been so happy with our experience at the Learning Edge! The staff is very friendly and we can tell they genuinely care for our son and are looking out for his best interest. The teachers provide updates and pictures throughout the day through an app so parents are aware of how their child is doing in real time. As first time parents, we are still learning a lot and really appreciate being able to discuss our questions and concerns with his teachers. Would definitely recommend Learning Edge for anyone looking for childcare in the New Berlin area!
Thomas Nowalis • Google
We could not be happier with the care that Learning Edge provides our child. Our daughter is in the infant room and because of covid, she has only been left alone with a grandparent (which didn't go great) so we were a little uncertain how she would adjust. She ended up doing great and we attribute that to her teachers. We can really tell that they care for her. They are also completely flexible and encourage us to call whenever we have questions or concerns. After talking to some other parents, it also seems that their Covid protocols are a little more conservative than some other facilities in the area.

Cadence Academy Preschool

New Berlin, WI

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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.