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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 77 Reviews
Mandi Karr • Facebook
October 21, 2021
We love Cadence Academy, New Berlin and are so proud to be a part of the family! Ms. Erin and Ms. Cathy made the enrollment process so simple and have remained incredibly thorough and kind with all of our questions. Ms. Nicole and Ms. Amy not only go above and beyond with their heartfelt curriculum but also helped us as parents adjust to time away from our son. They reached out personally on that inevitable tough day and consistently send photos daily of him participating in the fun, educational activities. It really does feel like a big family. There is a lot of love and spirit under that roof and knowing after drop off every morning that he’s safe, happy, and learning is invaluable.
Mandi Karr • Google
October 21, 2021
Our son has been attending Cadence Academy, New Berlin for only a couple of months and we are honored to be a part of this community. The staff truly cares and the curriculum and practices are heartfelt, genuine, and patient. Our son has brought home new skills, language, and knowledge every day since we enrolled. Knowing he’s safe, excited to be there, and learning is priceless.
Katie Moeller • Facebook
September 17, 2021
Learning Edge is a great childcare and preschool center. My child enjoyed going and loved her teachers. Many daily fun activities in and outside the classrooms. Really love the KidsReport app and being able to get updates throughout the day in the app. Directors are so kind and we appreciate all that you and the teachers do very much!
Stephanie Brown • Google
August 11, 2021
My daughter truly enjoyed her time at Learning Edge New Berlin! The staff was so welcoming & positive! The teachers are very passionate and engaging. I highly recommend this location!

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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.