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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.

Melissa Corporon, Program Director

attachment.ashx“Welcome to Little Sunshine’s Playhouse. My name is Melissa Corporon and I am the Program Director for our Springfield I location. I received my Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Development, as well as a minor in Business Administration from Pittsburg State University in May of 2008. While attending college, I taught in many Preschool settings with children as small as infants to as old as Pre-kindergarten. I became a part of the Little Sunshine’s family in August of 2008 at the Springfield II location. My career at Little Sunshine’s began as a Pre-Kindergarten teacher, and with hard work and dedication, I was promoted to Assistant Director shortly thereafter. After becoming the Assistant Director in early 2009, I was then promoted to the Program Director as of August 2009. I was the Program Director at our Springfield II location until August 2013, when I was given the opportunity to be the Program Director for our Springfield I location. I absolutely love what I do every day. My passion is being able to help the children learn and grow both in size and in intellect. I also enjoy building lifelong relationships with the parents of the children as well my incredibly hard working staff. I look forward to meeting each and every one of you and providing your child with the best possible care.

On a personal note, my husband and I have been married since 2007. We welcomed our daughter into the world in 2009 and our son in 2013. They are both absolutely amazing! In our spare time we love to read books, go to the zoo and do anything outdoors.”

Molly Gray, Assistant Director


“Hello everyone! My name is Molly Gray and I have been with Little Sunshine’s Playhouse since June 2007. I began my career here working as an Assistant Teacher in the Firefly (toddler) classroom. Since then I have had the opportunity to work with several of the different age groups and was in the Gummy Bear (infant) classroom for over three and a half years.

In October 2014, I was given the opportunity to become the Assistant Director and gladly accepted! I absolutely love working with children and their families ad having the ability to see them grow and learn every day. My work is my passion. I am also working toward my degree in Early Childhood Development.

On a more personal note, I was born in Springfield, MO and raised in Republic, MO. I love to spend time with family and friends. I enjoy reading books and watching movies also.”

Address: 2826 W Chestnut Expwy, Springfield, MO 65802
Phone: 417-863-1600
Fax: 417-863-1055
Hours of Operation: 6:00 am – 6:00 pm, Monday through Friday
Ages Served: Infant (6 weeks) through Pre-Kindergarten

Contact Our School

2826 W Chestnut Expwy, Springfield, MO 65802

Phone: (417) 863-1600| Fax: (417) 863-1055


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.