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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.

Kelley Carr, Program Director


“Hello and welcome to Little Sunshine’s Playhouse, my name is Kelley Carr and I am the Program Director.  I have been a part of the company family since April 2010. I first began my career  as the Preschool Teacher where I stayed until being promoted to Assistant Director. In 2013, I was given the opportunity to become the Program Director. I am currently working towards earning my Degree in Early Childhood and am so excited about my  position and love being able to interact with all the children and families in all the classrooms.

Aside from Little Sunshine’s Playhouse, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends. I’m  also very involved in my church where my small group “Live, love, laugh” have become a very vital part of my life.  I look forward to meeting you and your family and providing a quality preschool experience for your child.”


Samantha Russell, Assistant Director

Hello and welcome to Little Sunshine’s Playhouse and preschool!

I started my career in child care at 18 years old working through and early child care program at my high school. From there I have worked in quite a few facilities. I began my adventure with Little Sunshine’s playhouse and preschool in September of 2015 at our Cardinal location as the two year old teacher. There I got a reputation for fun art and science projects where the kids got to get their little hands messy! I love watching kiddos explore the world with their senses and the light in their eyes as they learn something new!! I was offered the opportunity to become the Assistant director of this location in April 2016. I look forward to meeting your family and helping your child learn and grow!

On a Personal note: I love playing with my three children and my husband. I am very involved with the youth at my church. I teach the teen Sunday school class and work with the elementary age kids on Thursday nights. I also sing with my 13 year old daughter on our praise team.

Address: 2937 S Claremont Ave, Springfield, MO 65804
Phone: 417-883-1601
Fax: 417-883-0701
Hours of Operation: 6:00 am – 6:00 pm, Monday through Friday
Ages Served: Infant (6 weeks) through Pre-Kindergarten

Contact our School

2937 S Claremont Ave, Springfield, MO 65804

Phone: (417) 883-1601 | Fax: (417) 883-0701

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.