Our Teachers

Our teachers at Small Strides are loving and caring individuals, dedicated to helping your child learn and grow. Our staff and teachers meet all requirements mandated by the Washoe County Department of Social Services. All of our teachers must maintain at least 26 hours of continuing education classes in the field of Early Childhood Education annually. Our teachers are also required to have the following:
  • A Washoe County Sheriff's work permit
  • Training in the prevention and control of communicable diseases.
  • Training in Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.
  • CPR and First Aid certification.
  • Training in Child Development.
  • Training in childhood nutrition and obesity. 
  • Training in recognizing and reporting child abuse and neglect.
  • Training in diversity and inclusion. 

Ryan Nicole Putzer is the owner of Small Strides. Ryan started Small Strides from the ground-up in 2008. Ryan has a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration with a minor in Early Childhood Ecuation from the University of Nevada, Reno. Ryan has personally worked in the childcare field and managed a childcare program for many years. She is also a BLS instructor and continues her education in the field of Early Childhood Education, keeping up to date on the most recent changes in the field .

Ryan is involved in the everyday operation of the center. Ryan has experienced working in all aspects of childcare and the hands-on management approach is part of what makes Small Strides great! At Small Strides we know how valuable good teachers are; that is why every employee at Small Strides is valued and treated with the utmost respect. Our mission at Small Strides is to provide quality care that benefits the child, parents, and community alike. We strive to achieve this through our great team of teachers.

We're excited to take part in your child's development and provide them with the most safe and loving environment possible!


To contact us by e-mail, use our contact form.

We can be also reached
by mail, phone, or fax
using the information below.

9580 Prototype Ct.
Reno, NV 89521
(775) 853-9919 phone
(775) 853-9004 fax