Matt and Rochette are the founders of LSP and affiliated companies; which Rochette officially formed in 2002. Her introduction into the childcare industry began in 1998 in a home-based educational daycare. Over the following three years her in-home childcare business grew and evolved into a passion and a dream for making a change for what Early Care could become in her own community of Springfield, Missouri. The overwhelming demand for Rochette’s unconventional and enthusiastic approach to Early Care fueled her dream. Her first school exceeded all expectations and was slated for expansion within one year.
Since that time, Little Sunshine’s Playhouse has grown from a true grass roots home based business to a well-developed national franchise system, branded to serve and compete. Rochette and Matt serve on the Executive Board of Directors. Rochette’s educational accomplishments include Summa Cum Laude double degree achievement in Early Childhood focused degrees. She is also a Certified Franchise Executive graduating class of 2013; which is the highest distinction in Franchising, with the International Franchise Association.
Her professional accomplishments include formation and trademarking of the Kiddie Cams™ and LuvNotes™ systems for proprietary use by Little Sunshine’s Playhouse franchisees and corporate schools. Under their leadership, the company has been recognized as a Top New Franchise by Franbest Networks at www.topnewfranchises.com, six year running ‘Best Of Category’ by The NewsLeader, a Top 20 Children’s Franchise by Opportunity World Magazine, Franchise Gator’s Top 100 (2014 and 2015 wins) and Top Emerging in 2014, Inc 500’s 2014 and 2016 list of 5,000 Fastest Growing Private Companies in the US and Entrepreneur Magazine’s 2014 Franchise 500 list. Rochette is also an award recipient of the Springfield Business Journal’s ’40 Under 40′ for 2015.
Matt is a licensed realtor in multiple states and often times he secures real estate for new locations. He is also a Certified Franchise Executive graduating class of 2013, with the International Franchise Association.
Their passion is Little Sunshine’s Playhouse! Each of their three children have attended Little Sunshine’s Playhouse schools with great educational, emotional and social success… and they are excited to share with other families what Little Sunshine’s Playhouse has given to their family.