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Apple Tree Children’s Center
in Ankeny, Iowa

Welcome to Ankeny, where our motto is “Bringing it all together.” This saying is especially true when it comes to being a great place to raise a family: our city has been voted one of the best suburbs in America, one of the safest places in Iowa, and one of the best places to live in the state. With plenty of history, arts, culture, and recreational activities, Ankeny can be a fun place to grow up. But some of the most fun Ankeny’s kids have is at Apple Tree Children’s Center, the area’s leading preschool and early learning center.

Cadence Academy Open House

We are pleased to announce that Apple Tree Children’s Centers
is changing its name to Cadence Academy Preschool!

To celebrate our new name, we are inviting you to our Open House on Saturday, May 5th from 9am – Noon. We will have a petting zoo, a balloon artist, photo booth, and delicious food and refreshments!

About Apple Tree Children’s Center

Apple Tree Children’s Center in Ankeny offers excellent early childhood education for infants up to pre-kindergarteners. Since 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 an awarded-winning, research-directed curriculum to help accelerate our students’ learning and growth. We make sure our students build the skills necessary to succeed in kindergarten, throughout their scholastic journeys, and in life!

A testament to our quality programing at Apple Tree Children’s Center is that we are the only child care program and preschool in the Ankeny community that has achieved a 5-star rating in the Iowa Quality Rating System. Additionally, we are the only public, full day center that has earned accreditation by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). Because of our NAEYC Accreditation, Apple Tree is qualified to accept NACCRRA funding.

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Our Philosophy

At Apple Tree Children’s Center, we believe in fostering learning through adventure and play, independence through choices and individual activities, and confidence through group lessons and sharing.

What Makes Us Unique

Communication and family involvement are the keys to our school’s success. Teachers are available mornings and afternoons for face-to-face conversations, as well as by phone throughout the day. Families are encouraged to participate in activities held throughout the year. These provide opportunities for you to meet other families enrolled in our school and get to know our entire Apple Tree family! Parent Advisory Meetings are scheduled several times a year for parents to offer input in regards to programming and activities.

Our curriculum is another important contributor to our success. We utilize the Creative Curriculum and Creative Kaleidoscope of Learning Curriculum, a theme-based curriculum framework for all age groups. We also work closely with the Ankeny Community School District’s kindergarten program. Understanding the District’s kindergarten readiness expectations assists us in making sure your child is as prepared as possible for the transition to elementary school.

More About Our School

Apple Tree Children’s Center is located at 225 East 1st Street in Ankeny, Iowa, 50021. We’re on 1st Street just east of Ankeny Boulevard. Nearby elementary schools include East Elementary and Terrace Elementary.


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