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About Us

Our staff has over 100 years of combined early childhood experience. KKLC strives to provide high-quality, individualized care for children ages 6 weeks through 12 years. Facilitating the development of our students in an age appropriate environment that fosters physical, emotional, social, and cognitive growth. KKLC is one of five programs in Sangamon County that has been awarded a star rating by Illinois Quality Rating System, verifying our quality and commitment to the children and families we serve.

Our Staff

Stephanie Neuman • Owner / Director

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HI!! I'm Stephanie Neuman and I am the owner/director of Kountry Kids Learning Center, Inc.
I was born and raised in Girard, IL. I come from a very close knit family, my parents are John and Jeanette Earley and I have one brother JR who all still reside in Girard. I graduated from Girard High School in May 2000. I received my Bachelor's degree in Early Childhood/Early Childhood Special Education from Southern Illinois University Carbondale in May 2004. After finishing my degree I moved home and accepted a position with Sangamon Area Special Education District (SASED) as an Early Childhood Special Education teacher at New Berlin Elementary and Ball/Chatham Elementary for 4 years. In June 2006 I married my husband, Kris and April 1, 2008 we welcomed our first child into the world, Charles Stephen. When Charlie was 4 weeks old we purchased a former church to open our own quality childcare center. It was a whole new career path for me going from the public school to the private sector. After a very busy and stressful summer, we opened our doors August 18, 2008. May 9, 2010 we added our daughter, Elliana Marie, to our family. In June 2011 I began pursuing my masters' degree, online, in Early Childhood Administration through National- Louis University. I will graduate with masters' degree in December 2012. We are so blessed to have the best staff, students, and families EVER!! I LOVE MY JOB!!! :) In my "spare" time I enjoy coaching high school competitive cheerleading at New Berlin High School, running, shopping, Stampin' It Up, and spending time with my family and friends.

Kris Neuman • Owner

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I am a life long native of New Berlin. I graduated from New Berlin High School in 1998 and pursued an Associates Degree in Business Administration from Lincoln Land Community College in Springfield. I am able to fulfill my lifelong dream by owning and operating KKLC. I love spending time with my wife and 2 children. In addition to being a business owner of KKLC and a father, I am a grain merchandiser for H&B Specialties in Pleasant Plains, and I help on my family's farm in the spring and fall.

Vicki Anderson

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I was born and raised in Rushville Illinois, the oldest of five children. After graduating from Rushville High School in 1994. I attended Quincy University. I received a Bachelor of Arts in History with a minor in English in 1998. I began working at Building Blocks Daycare in Springfield in 1999. I worked with the two's class and then the infants until 2005 when I began working for Kids N Care Daycare in Rushville. I married Kevin Anderson in June 2008. We welcomed our son, Colin, in January 2010. We reside in Golden, IL.

Mary (Beth) Beatty

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Hi! I'm Beth Beatty and I am the teachers aid in the infant room at Kountry Kids Learning Center. I was born in Macomb IL and was raised in Rushville IL. I come from a very close family. My parents are Rick and Michele Stambaugh and I have one older brother and sister. I graduated from Rushville-Industry High School in May 2008. I am currently taking classes at Spoon River College. My goal is to receive my Associates degree in Early Childhood Education. In September 2010 I married my husband Dale Beatty. I like to read books, excercising, and shopping. I love spending time with my husband, family, kids at learning center, and the staff of Kountry Kids Learning Center.

Jen Davidson

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I worked for Kids N Care Daycare and Learning Center since 2008. I am a kid at heart, so playing and teaching the kids is the perfect job for me. I am a single mother of three wonderful children (Conner, Makalee, and Tyson) who are my life.I also enjoy giving my time to teaching the youth at my church.

Emily Divan

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I am Emily Divan, the teacher in the Pre-K room. I started to work at Kids N Care Daycare in August 2008, and stayed on when it became Kountry Kids Learning Center. Prior to Kids N Care I worked at Heartland Kids in Marion, IL and Building Blocks in Springfield, IL during school breaks 2004-2007.
I have always enjoyed being around kids. Coming from a family of 5 kids, my childhood was full of playing with my siblings, their friends, cousins and the neighborhood kids. Through my years in high school I worked in my church's nursery and baysat for may families in Rushville.
When Im not at work, I enjoy watching movies, listening to a variety of music and photography. I like drawing, painting and enjoy doing hair. If not careful, Pintrest can take up a lot of my time. I have two cats, Burnetts and Lexie, and a puppy, Chloe. My family is a big part of my life and I love spoiling my niece, Natlee, and nephew Colin.

Kelsi DuPoy
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Tracy Simpson

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My name is Tracy Simpson. I am married and I have 3 great kids. There names are Ashlea, Austin, and Zayden. I graduated from Pittsfiel High School in 1996. We moved to Rushville in 2007, and then I started working at Kids N Care Learning Center in 2010. I enjoy my childrens school sports events, scrapbooking and spending time with my family.

Chris Utter
Chris Utter
Connie Ward

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I am Connie Ward and I work as the Director of Kountry Kids Learning Center in Rushville Illinois. I have as Associates of Science in Early Childhood Education. I worked as a home provider for 21 years in my home. I owned and operated a learning center for 7 1⁄2 years. I have 3 children and 1 grandson. When I am not working I enjoy spending time with my family and attending school sports events.

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