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Apple Tree Children’s Center
in Johnston, Iowa

Residents, researchers, and publications rave about Johnston, Iowa. This beautiful northwest suburb of Des Moines was named the 16th “Best Place to Live” in America by Money magazine and the “25th Best Suburb in America” by Business Insider. Perhaps thanks to its low cost of living, strong home values, safe neighborhoods, 36-mile trail system, and award-winning schools, researchers have found that more residents report a high quality of life and strong sense of community than the national average. Apple Tree Children’s Center is proud to contribute to the city’s greatness by providing a world of wonder and learning for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers.

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 10am – 1pm. We will be having a Preschool Prom complete with a photo booth, DJ, dancing, and delicious food and refreshments!

About Apple Tree Children’s Center

Quality is of the utmost importance to us at the Johnston Apple Tree, and we feel it’s vital to our families as well. We are the only child care center and preschool in Johnston to hold a 5-star rating on the Iowa Quality Rating System (QRS). We are also the only full-day program to be accredited through the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). Both of these ratings allow you to know without question that you have chosen a top-notch early learning center for the most important years of your child’s education.

We are proud to partner with the Johnston Community School District to provide a Universal Pre-Kindergarten (UPK) program. Because so many families in our community have a need for full-day care, we are happy to provide a quality wrap-around preschool program for the hours children aren’t in the UPK program. Our school utilizes The Creative Curriculum, an award-winning, theme-based curriculum that fully aligns with Iowa’s Early Learning Standards. We offer many unique, optional weekly ancillary programs, including All-Stars fitness & nutrition program and Discovery Kids Puterbugs computer classes. Each child attends monthly music lessons with Ms. Lori. Preschool aged children enjoy monthly visits with Ms. Melanie, a naturalist with Raccoon River Nature Lodge.

Programs Offered:

Our Philosophy

We believe children learn best when they’re having fun, so we designed our curriculum and classrooms to stimulate cognitive, socio-emotional, and physical development through play.

What Makes Us Unique

Partnership with our families is extremely important to us! Verbal communication with your child’s primary teachers occurs on a daily basis. We have phones in each classroom and encourage parents to call to check in anytime. We send e-mails featuring pictures on a regular basis so you can see exactly what your child is working on. You are also welcome to come in to participate in your child’s day as often as you can! Conferences are provided twice annually to give parents an update on their children’s unique developmental progress.

For our Camp Dodge families, our NAEYC accreditation allows us to partner with the federal government to provide subsidized tuition to qualified active duty military families; parents need only apply for the program.

More About Our School

Apple Tree Children’s Center is located at 5623 N.W. 86th Street, Suite 100, in Johnston, Iowa, 50131. We’re at the corner of 86th Street and Chambery Boulevard behind Mercy Clinic. Our location off the I-35/I-80 interchange allows for convenient access to John Deere, Pioneer, Camp Dodge, and many other area businesses. We work closely with Timber Ridge and Lawson elementary schools and proudly serve the communities of Johnston, Urbandale, Grimes, Des Moines, and West Des Moines.


Schedule a Visit: 515-989-6845
Enrolled Families: 515-276-9247

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Address & Directions

5623 NW 86th St Ste 100
Johnston, IA 50131
86th st. and Chambery Blvd.



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

Recognized as a Cadence Education School of Excellence

Johnston, IA