Meet the Owners

Meet the OwnersAshleigh and Ryan Zimmerman were a team long before opening Aa to Zz Child Care. Having been high school sweethearts at Central Dauphin East High School, it was inevitable that they end up in the same place for college which was Ithaca, New York.  While Ryan earned his Bachelor’s degree from Cornell University in Operations Research & Industrial Engineering, Ashleigh completed a double major in Theatre and French.  Upon graduating, their first jobs quickly started leading them in different directions from their studied paths.

Ryan started off with CSC Consulting and ultimately ended up with Deloitte Consulting.  While spending seven years there he spent four of those years earning a Juris Doctorate in Law from Widener University; Ryan is currently licensed to practice law in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the State of New Jersey, and before the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

Ashleigh started off substitute teaching in local public schools, was the Assistant Director and School Age Teacher at a local child care center, and taught middle school French.  During that time she continued with graduate classes at Millersville University and became certified as a private school teacher.  Finally she ended at Wordsworth Academy in Harrisburg where she was a special education teacher for middle and high school students and then for children enrolled in the partial hospital program.

The two married in 2001, a couple of years after graduating college, and went on to have their first son, Ashton, in 2003.  It was their full intention for Ashleigh to be a stay at home mom however it only took about nine months for her to realize that she could not suppress her passion for children and boundless drive.  It seemed a good compromise, having an education and early childhood background, to open their own center allowing them to shape their own careers and grow them as quickly or slowly as they wanted to while raising their children.  The first Aa to Zz Child Care and Learning Center building opened the doors to children in August of 2004.  Over the course of a decade Ashleigh and Ryan have added seven Pennsylvania child care licenses and three children of their own.

Within Aa to Zz Ashleigh is the President and Secretary handling the public relations aspect of the business, curriculum, staffing, early childhood development, licensing, and the learning environment.  Ryan serves as the company’s Vice President and Treasurer handling the meat-and-bones of the business.  He manages all finances, property maintenance, tax matters, advertising, payroll, transportation, and mergers/acquisitions.

While Aa to Zz has continued to grow, the couple maintains a balance between their personal and professional lives.  When not working for the centers they spend their time raising and supporting their four children in Boy Scouts, dance, gymnastics, ice hockey, and kung fu.  Their family also loves to travel and spend a lot of time outdoors, especially boating.  When at home their passion is caring for the many animals on their farm, including raising their own poultry and pork.

Both Ashleigh and Ryan truly love what they do in both aspects of their lives.  They are passionate about children; about children experiencing play based learning, process oriented activities, spending a great amount of time exploring nature and being outdoors, providing classroom environments which enable creative learning and extensive imagination, and so much more.  Having four children of their own the couple wants to make sure that the enrolled children of Aa to Zz feel at home while spending their carefree days in their centers.

ASHLEIGH ZIMMERMAN, President/Secretary,