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Cadence Academy Preschool
in Ankeny, Iowa

About Cadence Academy Preschool

Cadence Academy Preschool, Ankeny is a NAEYC Accredited daycare provider and private preschool offering comprehensive early education programs for infants up to pre-kindergarteners.

Because birth through age eight is a critical time for cognitive, social, emotional, and physical development, we employ and continually train highly-qualified early childhood education professionals and offer a skill-based curriculum to help accelerate our students’ learning and growth. We make sure our students build the academic, social, and emotional skills necessary to succeed in kindergarten and elementary school.

5 Star Rating & NAEYC Accreditation

The Quality Rating System (QRS) was created by the Iowa Department of Human Services in 2006 to raise the quality of child care in Iowa and to educate parents about their options when it comes to daycare centers. Cadence Academy Ankeny is proud to have earned a rating of 5 stars, which is the highest rating a preschool center can earn.

Additionally, our preschool is proud to have earned accreditation through the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). Achieving NAEYC Accreditation requires us to meet standards across 10 different areas: relationships with children, curriculum, teaching approaches, child assessment, nutriotion and health, staff qualifications, and relationship with children’s families, relationship with the community, physical environment, and program leadership and management.

Preschool Programs

  • Infant Daycare (ages 6 weeks to 1 year). Our infant program focuses on building foundation skills and nurturing your little one.
  • Toddler Daycare (ages 1 to 2). We have designed our toddler program to encourage your child’s sense of discovery and active learning.
  • Early Learners (ages 2 to 3). This program focuses on boosting gross and fine motor skills, vocabulary, and learning through discovery.
  • Preschool (ages 3 to 4). Our preschool program thoroughly prepares students for pre-kindergarten by building skills across 9 different learning domains.
  • Pre-Kindergarten (ages 4 to 5). In this program, we weave the skills and experiences taught in previous years to prep students for their transition to kindergarten.

Our Preschool’s Philosophy

At Cadence Academy Preschool, Ankeny, we believe in fostering learning through adventure and play, independence through choices and individual activities, and confidence through group lessons and sharing. Our teachers focus on developing new skills in 9 different learning domains each month. We also seek to elevate every child’s feelings of happiness and belonging through our Kind Child program.

What Makes Us Unique

Communication and family involvement are the keys to our early learning center’s success.

Our caring teachers are available both mornings and afternoons for face-to-face conversations, as well as by phone throughout the day. We also encourage families to participate in activities held throughout the year. These events provide opportunities for you to meet other families enrolled in our school and to get to know our entire Cadence Academy family. In addition, we schedule parent advisory meetings several times a year, so you have the chance to offer input in regards to programming and activities.

Our curriculum is a key contributor to our daycare and preschool’s success. We utilize our own Ascend Curriculum, which takes a “Whole Child” approach to early childhood education and encourages the development of new skills across learning domains such as Literacy, Science & Sensory, Physical Fitness, and Creative Expression every month.

We work closely with the Ankeny Community School District’s kindergarten program. Understanding the local school district’s kindergarten readiness expectations helps us in ensuring that your child is ready for the transition to elementary school.

Visiting Our School

Cadence Academy Preschool, Ankeny, is located at 225 East 1st Street in Ankeny, Iowa, 50021. You can find us on 1st Street, just east of Ankeny Blvd. Interested in giving your child the very best childcare Ankeny has to offer? Contact us today to learn more about our preschool!


Schedule a Visit: 515-989-6842
Enrolled Families: 515-964-7372

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Address & Directions

225 E 1st St
Ankeny, IA 50021



Monday - Friday
6:30am - 6:00pm
Recognized as a Cadence Education 
School of Excellence

Recognized as a Cadence Education School of Excellence

Ankeny, IA