Little Sunshine’s Playhouse and Preschool is recognized within the industry as a premier early childhood education program and is proud to be a part of the Alpharetta community. 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 parents of enrolled students and school leaders to view our classrooms in real-time from monitors placed within the school. Cameras are set up in every classroom and playground and the video footage is displayed in full color, high definition. Kiddie Cams™ further provide the opportunity for live streaming to the executive leadership and support team in Springfield, Missouri for quality assurance by trained professionals.
Our user-friendly LuvNotes™ is a secured platform that allows your child’s teach to stay in better communication with you throughout the day. When you log into the LuvNotes™ system, you’ll see a classroom snapshot, which includes a list of planned activities for the day, menu details and important announcements. It also includes a personalized daily report on your child with notes on specific activities, disposition, and sleeping and eating habits during the day. You can access this secure information on any device with access to the internet.
Our master planned and accredited curriculum, Creatively Shine™, is based off the newest research and trends to prepare your children to enter their educational career equipped with cognitive, social, emotional, physical and language skills. At Little Sunshine’s Playhouse we believe a child’s work is play! We teach children lessons, manners, and social skills all through creative and organized play. We know that if children enjoy learning at a young age it will carry with them throughout their lives!
“Hello! My name is Ashlee DiMarzio-Teli, and I’m thrilled to be the Program Director of the first Little Sunshine’s Playhouse to open in metro Atlanta! I’ve been in preschool administration for over 7 years. I began my career as an afternoon teacher, where I absolutely fell in love with working with preschoolers! I moved out of the classroom and into administration where I learned the business side of running a successful preschool program.
I graduated from Kennesaw State University in 2009 with a Bachelor of Science in Communications. After graduating, I ventured out into the corporate world and quickly realized something was missing. Thankfully, I was able to join a wonderful preschool team in East Cobb. I was hired as a Front Office Administrator and then promoted to Assistant Director. I’ve loved every day since; it is a true blessing to be able to get up and enjoy going to work every day! I’m currently pursing my Master in Special Education with a Concentration in Young Children with Developmental Disabilities. It has been a wonderful program, and I have learned so much to bring back into the classrooms.
On a more personal note, I live in Woodstock with my husband, Jon. I love playing tennis in my free time. I am so excited to meet and get to know each and every family at Little Sunshine’s Playhouse, Alpharetta!”
“Hi! My name is Lauren Falkner and I am the Co-Assistant Director at Little Sunshine’s Playhouse Alpharetta. I have been working in childcare since 2010 and transferred from the LSP in St. Louis to Alpharetta. I hold a Bachelor of Art in Human Services with a minor in Psychology from Missouri Baptist University.
My favorite part of working for LSP is providing a safe and nurturing environment for the children, where they feel comfortable to explore and discover new concepts through many different avenues of learning.
I have loved getting to know the metro Atlanta area since moving here. Visiting the Georgia Aquarium is one of my favorite things to do on the weekends! I also love spending time camping and hiking in the North Georgia Mountains.”
“Hi, I am Brandi Bounds, the Co-Assistant Director at Little Sunshine’s Playhouse Alpharetta. I started my career in Early Childhood Educator in 2010 at a private preschool as an assistant teacher. I spent time in every position and eventually grew to director. I love every aspect of the different dynamic roles in the preschool setting.
I believe it is my responsibility to have a positive relationship with children, families, and colleagues, as well as to appreciate each child’s unique way of learning. My goal is to help children achieve their full potential in a loving, secure, and creative environment.
On a more personal note, I was born and raised in Georgia and have lived in Alpharetta since I was in middle school. I even graduated from Alpharetta High school right around the corner! I went to school for photography but quickly found my passion for childcare shortly thereafter.”
“We love LSP! At my child’s last school, he struggled to separate from us at drop off for months and months. Here, after just two days, he was happy to run in and start his day. The teachers and teacher helpers have been so amazing. They are loving and kind, and it’s not just when parents are looking. If you catch the camera at any time, you will see the same amazing care. The front desk staff is so friendly. We chat often, and it’s always so nice to feel like you have an entire crew looking out for your child. I recommend this place above any in our area. Thanks LSP!” – The Yousef Family
“We stumbled upon Little Sunshine because it was next door to our gym. I know that it was divine intervention, because this has been the BEST environment for our now 2-year-old. She has been there for over a year and has absolutely blossomed! Izzy comes home every day she is at LSP and has new skills to show us, new words that she has learned, and even yoga poses that she tries out. This isn’t just a school, it is an extension of our family. I am always greeted with a smile and personal conversation; never just a nod or indifference. The administrative team always strives to make sure that their teachers have resources at their fingertips and always welcome parent feedback. We are also expecting in March and plan on starting our newest addition off in the infant room next fall and will do so with the utmost confidence that our baby is in great hands.” – The Sahora Family
“We absolutely love LSP! I’ll be completely honest …. our daughter Harper is our first child, and I was/am THAT mom. The one who wants everything to be as close to perfect for her baby as possible, very particular about who her baby is around, and convinced that no one will ever care for her baby like she will. Yep, THAT one. So, when we began to research schools for Harper to attend after she turned 1, I knew it was going to take a lot to wow me … LSP quickly and easily won me over!
We visited the school at least 3-4x before enrolling Harper. During this time we felt that the staff were so excited about the possibility of Harper attending LSP. They were happy to answer any and every question we had, no matter how many. They doted and loved on her, and that meant the world to me. This has been consistent since she started here. They are always amazing, warm, welcoming, friendly, helpful, and so loving towards the children and families. We love the curriculum, and that LSP is a school, not a daycare (in my opinion), fresh food/fruit and a personal chef – can’t beat that, the facility is nicely designed and clean, the ability to watch our child on the camera, yoga, Spanish, fun school-wide events, daily luvnotes, weekly and monthly newsletters …. what’s not to love!?
Harper started attending LSP 3 days a week In August in the 1-year-old class. She’ll be going full-time now and loves school! She is learning so much and progressing so quickly, thanks to her awesome teachers. Her vocabulary is expanding, she clearly says “thank you”, says and signs “more”, and even says “hola!”. We are trying our best to encourage her to walk and her teachers do the same at school, pushing her a little when necessary, but in a safe, loving, and healthy manner. We love reading the daily LuvNotes to see how Harper’s day is going. Her teachers do a great job highlighting even the smallest accomplishments.
Something that stood out the most to me is that when still deciding, I asked admin staff’s opinions of LSP versus other schools in the area, and neither of them had 1 bad thing to say about any other school. They’re confident in what LSP has to offer because it really is just in a league of its own. It’s the perfect fit for our family!” – Tameika
“Little Sunshine’s Playhouse & Preschool (LSP) hands down is the BEST Playhouse & Preschool in Alpharetta/Johns Creek area. When I tell my friends and co-workers about this place I NEVER refer to it as Duke’s (my son) daycare. I ALWAYS call it his school. They have a Red Carpet Service in which they come out to your car and offer to take your child to their classroom (saving you time when you’re in a rush or just can’t find yourself to get out the car that morning), they send you daily “LuvNotes” on what your child ate for breakfast & lunch, as well as their behavior for the day. A daily email about what’s on the menu (breakfast, lunch, snack) prepared by LSP’s very own Chef.
Now don’t get me wrong I try to do all I can as single, full-time working mom but LSP has helped me not only potty train my 3-year-old Duke, they taught him how to brush his teeth, taught him manners, suggested I should start putting him in underwear (that was only a 2 months ago & he’s crushing it)! Not only do they help you as parents, they are extremely open in communicating with you about progress, concerns, & the growth of your child. My 3 yo is progressing so fast he’s already transitioned to the “4-year-old classroom” as Duke refers to as his “big boy class”
They have a Spanish teacher that comes in & teaches the children Spanish (every day)! They do yoga I can go on & on. The social skills of my toddler is through the roof and when people hear him speak they automatically assume he’s older than he really is. Duke has really gained some great friends and mommy has too. I love the relationships we have gained with our LSP staff family & our classroom friends. Duke & I both have made forever friends and let me tell you about the staff …
Where do I even begin!! These women are words beyond measure. Their communication is fabulous, they answer any questions & concerns with confidence & reassurance, when a child is sick an email immediately goes out letting the classroom parents know of the sickness along with precautions on how to prevent it from spreading to other children, along with the quarantine of the child & the disinfecting WITH BLEACH! (My personal favorite)
You know when you’ve found your forever childcare when you’re considering having another child because you’re not ready to part with the absolutely amazing, phenomenal, out of this world staff (even though Duke still has another year).” – The Smith Family
“My two daughters have been attending LSP for about 8 months. The LSP team is warm and welcoming and give special attention to my children. My preschool-aged daughter enjoys playing outside, Spanish, and culinary class. Her teachers work with her to develop the skills that she needs and love on her. My infant is always smiling, and her teachers are great at following our desired eating and sleeping schedule.” – The Trotter 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.