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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!

Joyce Harrington

joyceMy name is Joyce Harrington and I am the owner of the Little Sunshine’s Playhouse in Ozark, MO. It was through knowing Rochette Dahler (owner and founder of Little Sunshine’s Playhouse) that I became a part of this company. I have a business and accounting background, but that really wasn’t what I loved doing. I saw how happy Rochette was in owning her business and that inspired me to become her first franchisee – I wanted to have the same long-term impact on my community and the children in it.

We opened the doors in Ozark in 2005. I honestly love being part of Little Sunshine’s Playhouse and having the opportunity to shape the lives of young children every day! I feel that I have the best preschool in my area and I’m very proud of all of our accomplishments!

On a more personal level, I have three children of my own and seven grandchildren. We have all lived in this area for about 20 years.

Stacy Shepard, Program Director


“Hello my name is Stacy Shepard.  I am the new Director of the LSP Ozark location. I am very excited to be part of a team of educators and leaders who provide quality education and care for their students.

In 2007 I received a Masters Degree in Education specializing in Curriculum and Instruction along with a Bachelors of Science Degree in Psychology in 2005; both from Arizona State University. I started my career teaching second grade at a public Title I school and then transitioned into a fourth grade classroom at a private school. I taught for five wonderful years prior to moving to Springfield. Upon moving to Springfield I taught a summer school aged classroom ranging from children aged five to twelve. Presently, I am completing a Masters Degree in Clinical Psychology while earning a Doctoral Degree in Leadership and Education.

Education and psychology have both been passions of mine and I am extremely fortunate to have the opportunity to apply that experience and knowledge to the LSP community, all while learning from the teachers, children and leadership team on a daily basis. My teaching philosophy includes the importance of teaching to the “whole child” and building on the individual strengths that children bring to the classroom. I look forward to meeting and building relationships with the parents and families of LSP. When accepting this wonderful opportunity as the Director, I knew that LSP is a place where students come first and their cognitive, social/emotional and physical developments are all areas of focus for the curriculum.

On a more personal note, I moved from Phoenix, Arizona to Springfield about two and half years ago and got married in 2013. My husband and I have two dogs and a cat and enjoy spending time with our family and friends.  We also enjoy watching and cheering on our favorite sports teams.  Go Cardinals!”

Tonya Wells, Assistant Director


“Hello, my name is Tonya Wells and I am the Assistant Director at our Ozark location. I am so proud to be a part of the LSP Team! I have been with the company for 7 years and I have learned so much, including that quality childcare is something that is sought after every day! It is my passion to be a part of a company where a high quality team works together to provide exceptional childcare, and I have found that working for Little Sunshine’s Playhouse!

I am currently working on obtaining my degree in Early Childhood Education and am so happy to be putting it to use with Little Sunshine’s Playhouse! For the last 5 years, I have been working closely with Joyce and look forward to growing and learning more and more each day.

On a more personal note, Little Sunshine’s Playhouse has been such a blessing to my family! My husband and I were married in April of 2014 and have a beautiful 7 year old daughter who attended LSP when she was younger. I’m so excited to continue my journey with the company and look forward to introducing you to our Little Sunshine’s Playhouse family!”

Address: 4910 N 21st St Ozark, Missouri 65721
Phone: 417-581-7713
Fax: 417-581-7713
Hours of Operation: 6:00 am – 6:00 pm, Monday through Friday
Ages Served: Infant (6 weeks) through Pre-Kindergarten

Contact our School

4910 N 21st St Ozark, Missouri 65721

Phone: (417) 581-7713 | Fax: (417) 581-7713

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.