About Rushville

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 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

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.
krisI 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 help on my family's farm in the spring and fall.
Hi! My name is Heather Lyons. I have worked at Kountry Kids Learning Center since October 2018. I have my Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education and recently began taking classes again. In September of 2022 I took over the role as Director of the center. I have 3 adult children, 4 pretty amazing grandbabies and 65 bonus babies that I have the pleasure of seeing daily. I’m originally from Virginia, IL but moved to Rushville with my family from North Carolina after my daughter was born. I like to spend time with my family and friends, watch my grandbabies in whatever sport or activity they are in and spend time on the lake with my friends. Thanks for sharing your babies with me– I love watching them grow,learn new things and you never know what new story they will have for you.
beth_beattyMy name is Mary Beatty, but everyone calls me Beth. I’ve been married since 2010. I am a teacher at Kountry Kids Learning Center in Rushville. I was born and raised in Rushville, and the youngest of 3 children. After graduating from RI High School in 2008, I attended Western Illinois University in Macomb. I am currently working on finishing my Bachelor’s degree in Elementary & Special Education.
jen_davidsonI 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.
Jena My name is Jena I began my career at Kountry Kids Learning Center as an aide between the todds and twos and school rooms. In Jan 2021 I got my cda and became the preschool teacher. I have 3 kids, 2 girls and a boy.. In my free time I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, and crafting.
Hi! My name is Faith. I started working at Kountry Kids Learning Center in 2019. I work in the Infant Room. I have 3 years experience teaching children and 4 years experience in the medical field. I live in Rushville with my husband, daughter, and 2 dogs. In my free time I love to spend time with my family and extreme coupon.
My name is Kaitlynn. I am a teacher’s aid in the Todds/Two Room. I’ve been with KKLC since May 2017. I have a daughter named Harper. When I’m not working I like to spend time with family and friends. I also like to go shopping.
My name is Kayla and I started working at Kountry Kids Learning Center in 2018. I have two kids-boy and girl. I enjoy spending time with my kids playing outside and watching movies.
My name is Dusti and I was born and raised in Rushville. I have my Associate’s Degree in Arts at Spoon River College and am currently taking classes in Early Childhood Education. I started working at Kountry Kids Learning Center in November of 2019. When I’m not at work, I like to crochet, read, and spend time with my family.
Hi, my name is Tracy. I started at kids-n-care in 2009. I left in 2016, to stay home and babysit my new grandbaby. However I returned to KKLC in 2020 and love it. I have 3 kids and 1 grandchild. I love spending time with family and friends in my spare time.
Hello my name is Haven Lewis I am a 2021 Graduate of RIHS. I started at Kountry Kids Learning Center in 2021. This is the best job and I love working with the kids and watching them grow and succeed in the littlest things. I also enjoy the bond all of the staff has here with each other. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family and friends and being outside.
Hi! I’m Rachel, I’ve worked at KKLC since February 2022. I used to attend this daycare years ago when it was Kids n Care and my mom was the Pre K teacher. In my free time I love hanging out with my friends & family.
Hi My name is Dennise Blackwell. I have joyfully been teaching for 19 years. My husband of 30 years and I moved to Rushville a year ago from Austin, Texas. We wanted to get away from the city life and move to my birth place. We have two daughters ages 23 and 21. I enjoy being outside with nature and anything to do with science, music and geography.
I graduated high school 10 years ago plus alot of anniversaries!! I love to smile and make others smile if I can. I love kids, dogs and horses not necessarily in that order! I believe being kind is free and it's something we should practice everyday. I strive to be the best person I can everyday.
Hi, my name is Cacey Benton, I graduated from Rushville-Industry High School in 2022. I attend Western Illinois University and will graduate in Spring 2025 with a bachelors in Criminal Justice. I grew up in Rushville and attended Kids-n-Care when I was younger and thought KKLC would be the perfect place for me! I love being around kids and watching them grow and learn. In my spare time I enjoy fishing and going on adventures such as hiking.