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Little Sunshine’s Playhouse is recognized within the industry for a concept based on higher standards of service, community visibility, and security.  We offer an identity of unrivaled distinction… in our brand image and high-profile architectural presence, and in the level of support and training our franchise system provides the School Operators.

Our secured Kiddie Cams™ allow families to monitor their children via any computer in the world with Internet access. This feature is valuable to grandparents who live far away! The cameras are set up in every classroom and on the playground. They show full color and are secured by user name and password, to restrict access.  Kiddie Cams™ also allow you efficient over-site of school operations.

Our LuvNotes™ system is user-friendly, secured platform that allows us to stay in better communication with parents throughout the day. When parents log into the LuvNotes™  system, they will see a classroom snapshot (which will include a list of planned activities for the day, menu details, announcements, etc.) personalized daily reports (with notes on specific activities, disposition/mood, sleeping and eating habits during the day, etc.) and photos and videos of their child(ren). Parents can access this secure information via web interface or any smartphone with internet access.

Our master planned and accredited curriculum, Creatively Shine™, is based off the newest research and trends to prepare young children to enter their educational career equipped with cognitive, social, emotional, physical and language skills. At Little Sunshine’s Playhouse we believe that a child’s work is PLAY! We teach children lessons, manners, and social skills all through creative and preplanned play. We know that if children enjoy learning at a young age it will carry with them throughout their lives!

Dahler Family


The Dahler’s are the founders and franchisors of Little Sunshine’s Playhouse, and the owners of this individual school location. It is the pursuit of “something much better” in early childhood education for their own children that guides and shapes each of the Little Sunshine’s Playhouse schools.  Matt and Rochette are dedicated and proud parents of Gillian, Riley and Paxon. Each of their children has thrived with the social and educational components that Little Sunshine’s Playhouse has provided for them from birth to Kindergarten. The entire family cherishes those early years, preschool memories and first friendships.

To say The Dahler’s live, sleep and breathe Little Sunshine’s Playhouse is an understatement. The mission and culture of Little Sunshine’s Playhouse is truly an extension of the family’s values and visa versa. Their passion is to continually redefine the standard of early childhood education and share their love and dedication for Little Sunshine’s Playhouse with other families and children across the country.

Shelly Gardner, Program Director

shelly2Hello, my name is Shelly Gardner and I am so happy to be the Program Director at our Cardinal location. I am thrilled to serve our kiddos with the best quality in educational childcare. Building strong, positive relationships with our students, their families and our staff is my top priority as the leader of our school. I am delighted to spend my days supporting our teachers, as they help our students develop their self-esteem and the skills needed to be successful in school and later in life. We strive to build upon each of our students’ strengths to maximize their potential, and will work hard in the areas that may need additional support to ensure their success.

A little about myself, I have been married to my wonderful husband for over 20 years, and we have a teenage son together. I am very passionate about early childhood education and have been in the field with Little Sunshine’s Playhouse for over 12 years, starting as assistant teacher, eventually working my way up to Program Director. I currently hold my Early Childhood and Family Development and am working toward my M.S. degree.

I look forward to the opportunity of becoming a part of your child’s life and a part of your family.

Natalie Pollard, Assistant Director

NatalieHello, my name is Natalie Pollard and I am honored to serve as the assistant director for our Springfield III location. I have lived in Springfield my whole life until college. I then moved to Bolivar to attend Southwest Baptist University for two years and study Music Education. I loved my two years at SBU but I knew that Music Education was not the profession I wanted to go into anymore. I then left school and searched for a job within a preschool. I found out about Little Sunshine’s through a good friend of mine and I knew I had to apply. I fell in love with Little Sunshine’s the minute I stepped into the building. This is my first job where I felt like I was a part of a family, however, I have never viewed my positions as “jobs”.

I got my first position as a floater and I ended up loving every minute of it.  In my two years here I have had the privilege of being in almost every position. I started as a Floater, then moved to Assistant Infant’s Teacher, then to Lead Infant’s Teacher, then Head Teacher, and now Assistant Director. I truly believe that this was a blessing in disguise because I really understand the “ins” and “outs” of all the classrooms, as well as the management side of things.

I got married in the winter to my wonderful husband and we have now been married for almost 2 years.  I am very excited to learn and grow with LSP and I feel blessed to be able to work for such an amazing company!

I can’t wait to meet with you and tell you all about our magical Preschool!

Address: 201 East Cardinal Dr. Springfield, MO 65810
Phone: 417-893-3333
Fax: 417-882-8999
Hours of Operation: 6:00 am – 6:00 pm, Monday through Friday
Ages Served: Infant (6 weeks) through Pre-Kindergarten

Contact our School

201 E Cardinal, Springfield, MO 65810

Phone: (417) 893-3333 | Fax: (417) 882-8999

We are now accepting applications from caring and dedicated teachers for both full and part time positions, preferably with an early childhood education background and/or education.  Little Sunshine’s Playhouse would like to invite you to be a part of our team in bringing quality childcare to the area.

Note: We are equal opportunity employers and abide by EEO and nondiscrimination provisions of all applicable Federal, State, and local laws and regulations. We are committed to full compliance with the Americas with Disabilities Act and similar State and local laws and ensuring equal opportunity in employment for qualified persons with disabilities. All employment practices are conducted on a nondiscriminatory basis and are accepted and evaluated without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, or any disability.

Additionally, as we operate licensed child care facilities only, we are required by State regulatory agencies to ensure each applicant possess a free and clear criminal background check prior to being offered a position of employment within our schools.  Random background checks and drug testing are conducted on all employees to ensure compliance with childcare licensing regulations.  We are a franchisee school therefore we are individually and independently owned, operated and staffed.