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The Nest Difference

We are proud to offer the highest quality early education program for families in the communities we serve. As you compare other daycare and childcare facilities, we invite you to come experience The Nest difference!

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Meet Our Team

Betsy Bernett

Besty Bernett has been in early childhood care for five years! She has a Bachelors in German & Foreign Language Education from The University of Dayton and has taught middle and high school German/English for seven years before joining the early childhood field.

Betsy left the public schools when the focus went towards testing! Funding was also scarce for foreign language programs; German was cut from several of the school districts that she had worked in. Besty ventured out into corporate America for two and a half years where she did virtual teaching for a software company. She always felt that something was missing from her career path after leaving the traditional education field. Once she had her daughter and was touring facilities for her to attend, she realized that teaching children was her passion and got back into the field. She started out teaching the kindergarteners before transitioning to administration.

Betsy has been married for eight years. Betsy and her husband, Greg have two daughters. Elise is five and Roslyn is 18 months. Her favorite childhood book is “Do Unto Otters”. She enjoyed reading this with her students every year as they talked about treating others with respect and the “golden rule”. We are so lucky to have Betsy on our team!

Meet Our Team

Meet Our Team

Meet Our Team

Danae Houchin

Danae Houchin has been in the early childhood field for about 5 and a half years!

She truly enjoys being with children. Growing up, she struggled with behavior issues and unmedicated for ADHD. She was seen as the “bad kid” and did not have anyone to advocate for her. It is now Danae’s goal to advocate for children who do not have a voice and to not let them be written off as the “bad kid.” Instead, she finds solutions to help the teacher learn to better assist each child in learning how to navigate their emotions and find better solutions for behaviors.


Danae has a fiancé and four children: two bonus sons that are 18 and 14, and two biological daughters that are 7 and 3. A fun fact about Danae is that she absolutely loves the Golden Girls. She also collects figurines of them, books, and “Knick knacks” and constantly rewatches each episode.

Her favorite childhood book is The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein because Danae considers herself to be a giver. Her love language is giving! Whether that be giving gifts or just giving her time to someone who needs someone, she does not expect anything in return. We adore having Danae on our team!

Meet Our Team

Meet Our Team