Starting kindergarten can be both exciting and frightening for your child, and parents are often just as anxiety-ridden as their preschoolers when it comes to this major milestone. To ease the anxiety, there are a variety of things you can do to help make your preschooler’s transition to kindergarten a smooth one. Do a Dry Run One of the easiest ways to help ease your child into attending kindergarten is

Routines and set schedules are a part of life, and they are especially important for your children. Set schedules establish normalcy and a sense of security, and lay the foundation for good patterns throughout your child’s life. Parents and preschool organizations like Little Sunshine’s Playhouse who create consistent routines help children develop good habits for eating and sleeping, as well as healthy play and activity behaviors. Although change is inevitable,

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Dec. 19, 2019 — Little Sunshine’s Playhouse and Preschool Chief Operating Officer Abby Davis has been named Director of the Pediatric Brain Foundation. The Pediatric Brain Foundation is a Missouri-based not for profit led by Matt and Rochette Dahler, founders of Little Sunshine’s Playhouse and Preschool. The foundation provides financial support to families with children diagnosed with neurological disorders, brain cancers and traumatic brain injuries. “This foundation is an important philanthropic extension

It’s officially the holidays and that means families will be celebrating. From hosting events at your home to making holiday travel plans, this is the busiest time of year for many people. Amid the hustle and bustle of the holidays, safety is still a real concern, particularly when it comes to holiday decorations. Despite the cheer surrounding the season, the holidays are the peak time for electrical-related accidents. Using lights

At Little Sunshine’s, our early educators are dedicated, passionate professionals who know how to engage each of their students every day. Our teachers across the county are the game-changers. They are dedicated, passionate and truly know how to engage each of their students every day. We are pleased to announce that our 2019 November National Teacher of the Month is Ms. Kelly of Little Sunshine’s Playhouse and Preschool of Littleton,

The holidays are the main time of year when parents and caregivers are looking for the best educational toys for their children. School-age and preschool-age children benefit from a variety of fun, hands-on learning tools, while parents of older children are often looking for toys that focus more on core competencies like math, spelling, and reading. In addition to toys that promote language skills and reading, many brands are developing

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Dec. 10, 2019 — Prominent real estate developer Buttry & Brown Development, LLC pledges $50M in funds to Little Sunshine’s Playhouse and Preschool to further its national expansion plans. Prior to their recent pledge, Buttry & Brown has already invested approximately $65 million to build and develop 14 LSP preschools across the county. This includes projects located in Austin, San Antonio, Southlake TX; The Woodlands TX, Lakeway TX, Gilbert AZ, Broomfield CO, Alpharetta GA, Roswell GA, Granite Bay CA, Overland Park KS, Chesterfield MO, and

At Little Sunshine’s, giving back to our 23 communities is so important to us, that’s why we’ve identified November as our month of “Giving Back”. Better yet, it’s our curriculum theme! That means we’re teaching the importance of helping thy neighbor to our students, the future leaders of America. In honor of our theme, we’ve compiled a list of five simple things you can do with your children to give

Our teachers across the county are the game-changers. They are dedicated, passionate and truly know how to engage each of their students every day. It is incredibly hard to choose just one teacher each month, but we are pleased to announce that our 2019 October National Teacher of the Month is Patty Blankinship of Little Sunshine’s Playhouse and Preschool of Lakeway, TX! Ms. Patty is a wonderful infant 1 lead

Learning to cook is a wonderful activity with many benefits for young children. It’s a great opportunity for some quality family time. Dinnertime is more exciting for kids when they get to help! Cooking expands your child’s vocabulary as they learn the names of their favorite foods. It also lets kids practice measuring ingredients and watching how they change when we mix them together. But the kitchen also comes with