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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!

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Michael and Lilly McCown and their daughter and son-in-law, Nicole and Andy Carr, are excited to bring a Little Sunshine’s Playhouse to the St. Louis metropolitan area. Together, Michael and Lilly raised five children, while Andy and Nicole are raising their three young children, which helped them to develop a deep appreciation for quality early childhood education.

That sense of appreciation grew even deeper when Nicole came to work for the Little Sunshine’s Playhouse and Preschool Corporate Office in 2008, after earning her Bachelor’s Degree from Missouri State University. She is now the Chief Executive Officer, and during her time with the company she and her entire family fell in love with the Little Sunshine’s Playhouse concept, philosophy and standards. Andy and Nicole’s twin girls and son have all been enrolled at a Little Sunshine’s Playhouse since infancy and have flourished within the program. As a family, the four knew they wanted to help bring that level of comfort and quality early childhood education to other communities and felt that the St. Louis metropolitan area would be a perfect fit. They spend a lot of time in St. Louis and know that the family-friendly community and its values coincide with the Little Sunshine’s Playhouse philosophy and offers a charming location. Michael, Lilly, Andy and Nicole are passionate about redefining the standards of early childhood education and providing St. Louis families the absolute highest quality of care and education for their children.

Katherine Montgomery, PhD, MSSW,  Program Director


Hello! My name is Katherine Montgomery (kiddos often like to call me Ms. Kat!), and I am so excited to have the opportunity to serve as the Program Director for the first Little Sunshine’s Playhouse in St. Louis! Working with children and families for just over 17 years in a variety of settings, I have found great joy in being allowed the opportunity to work alongside families to see their children actualize their fullest potential.

I call myself a Texourian and have split both my childhood and professional career between Texas and Missouri. All of my educational experience has been in Social Work, with a focus on children and families. Specifically, I earned my BSW from Southwest Missouri State University and my MSSW from The University of Texas (UT) at Austin, with a clinical concentration. I most recently completed my PhD in Social Work at UT Austin and focused my studies on evidence-based interventions in the school setting for children and youth.

My husband and I moved to University City almost four years ago, and we have fallen in love with this community!  We love to attend Cardinal’s games, play in Forest Park, eat in the loop, Clayton, and CWE (among many other places), and enjoy outdoor activities around the Ozarks like camping and floating.

I feel very fortunate to have the opportunity to serve the children and families in this wonderful community at Little Sunshine’s Playhouse. I look forward to meeting you and your family soon!

Breanne Campbell, Co-Assistant Director


Hello! My name is Breanne Campbell (or Ms. Bre), and I am thrilled to be a Co-Assistant Director at Little Sunshine’s Playhouse- University City. I started at Little Sunshine’s Playhouse and Preschool in August 2014. I began my career here as an aid helping in all the classrooms and since then, I spent time as a lead teacher in one of our toddler classrooms and then as Head Teacher.

In October 2015, I was offered the position of Assistant Director and I was very excited to accept. I love watching our children grow and learn, building relationships with their families, and working alongside our fantastic team of teachers.

On a personal note, I have been married to my amazing husband, Jason, since May 2008. We moved to St. Louis a couple years ago (after moving around quite a bit) and have fallen in love with this city! We have a very energetic, mischievous husky and enjoy (most of the time) going on walks in parks throughout the area.

I can’t wait to meet with you and tell you all about our “castle school”.

Mary Moore, Co-Assistant Director

MaryHello!  My name is Mary Moore, and I am delighted to be a Co-Assistant Director at Little Sunshine’s Playhouse (LSP) in University City.  I have had the privilege of working all across the school with various ages.  My LSP journey began in August 2014 as an infant assistant teacher, then I ventured to lead a classroom of amazing two-year-olds before becoming a co-lead Pre-Kindergarten teacher. After my time in PreK, I oversaw the older Preschool unit as a Head Teacher.  With this experience, I was thrilled to accept the position to serve the school as an Assistant Director.

I earned my Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from Lake Forest College and love helping children learn through play.  Creating relationships with families and children, helping students achieve milestones, and watching our little friends grow truly fills my heart with joy.

I enjoying spending spare time with my husband, Matt.  We are avid movie-goers and try our hands at crafting Pinterest finds!

Address: 8351 Delcrest Drive, University City, MO 63124
Phone: (314) 995-7204
Hours of Operation: 6:00 am – 6:00 pm, Monday through Friday
Ages Served: Infant (6 weeks) through Pre-Kindergarten

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8351 Delcrest Drive, University City, MO 63124

Phone: (314) 995-7204

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.