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  • Della Ramsey, MAED, Co-Owner/Director

    At a young age, I knew I wanted to work with young children. I earned my Bachelor of Science degree in education...   Read More

    Della Ramsey, MAED, Co-Owner/Director

    At a young age, I knew I wanted to work with young children. I earned my Bachelor of Science degree in education with a specialization in Early Childhood Education, a Master of Arts degree in Early Childhood Education, and a School Library Media Graduate Certificate. My philosophy is to never stop learning. I have now worked with children for over 20 years in many different capacities including teaching in a public school setting as well as child care centers. I also have several years of experience with administration of child care centers. Throughout the years, I have learned that child care needs go beyond learning. Before children learn, they must feel comfortable in a safe and healthy environment. When a child feels safe and healthy, that environment positively fosters children’s social, emotional, cognitive and physical development. I feel that a positive environment is needed in order for children to fully understand love, encouragement, and respect. My commitment to our parents is that I will treat your child as my own and work with you to understand your individual goals for your child. I will provide you with support and knowledge through the different stages of your child’s development. I can’t wait to welcome you to our Kiddie Academy family!

  • Jon Ramsey, Co-Owner/President

       "With nearly 20 years of experience as a Business and HR Leader, I know that people are the most important resource of any...   Read More

    Jon Ramsey, Co-Owner/President

       "With nearly 20 years of experience as a Business and HR Leader, I know that people are the most important resource of any orgaization.  I'm really excited to bring together my passion for business and experience as a caring leader, with my desire to help nurture and develope our communities next generation of leaders, craftspeople, caregivers, and profesionals. I'm particularly proud to be sharing this journey with my lovely wife of 23 years, Della Ramsey.  I'm blesssed beyond measure to have her and my two kids, Leah (12) and Logan (9) in my life.  On top of that, I love to have fun, and I'm guessing there might be some teachers, parents and kiddos that want to have some fun too." - Jon                                                                                                                                                                       Jon grew up in Ireland, West Virgina.  After High School, he entered the military and served in the US Air Force and the Air National Guard. He attended Glenville State College where he obtained his Bachelor of Business Management degree (and meet his soulmate Della).  They married after graduation and Jon then attended West Virgina Univerity and recieved a Master of Science degree in Industrial Relations (HR).  After graduation Jon worked for several large companies,  in several different locations across the US.    

  • MaryBeth Umbaugh, Director

    To this day, I remember my first preschool teacher. From that experience, I knew what I was destined to be. I have...   Read More

    MaryBeth Umbaugh, Director

    To this day, I remember my first preschool teacher. From that experience, I knew what I was destined to be. I have been in the early childhood industry for 35 years and I have been a preschool director for 27 of them. People ask me all the time why I've been doing this for so long and the answer is simple: this is where my heart is. My goal is to facilitate a happy, healthy, safe and loving environment where your children can grow, learn and explore. I want to provide the opportunity for children to be the best version of themselves they can be. This is a joint effort. Along with you, the dedicated families and our loving educators the possibilities for the children are endless. I always say preschool is like a ladder and we are their first step. Welcome to Kiddie Academy! It's a pleasure to welcome you to our family. 

Hear from our parents

Excellent, caring staff. Couldn\\\'t be more accommodating in helping us in our childcare needs. Couldn\\\'t have done it without them. Thank you!
Edward A., Greenlawn

Caring teachers, provides meals and snacks to make life easier for parents, kids all seem happy and excited to be there every day
Emily K., D.C. - West End

I feel confident that I am leaving my infant in caring and capable hands in a safe environment.
Regan C., Gretna

They provide top notch childcare. Meals are healthy options. Well balanced play and teaching time so that kids can enjoy learning stuff every day
Emiko K., Edmond

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Corporate Social Responsibility

Kiddie Academy of South Reno Raises $2,200 for Northern Nevada Children’s Cancer Foundation

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Recognizing Working Parents

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Corporate Social Responsibility

Leading with Our Values

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