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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 Gilbert 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™ allows 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 provides 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 teacher 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!

We are so excited to announce Little Sunshine Playhouse and Preschool won the 2020 “Most Loved Preschool” from HulaFrog! To learn more about HulaFrog’s Most Loved, click here.

Mrs. Jenn, Area Manager

Ms. Jen, Program Director of Little Sunshine's Playhouse and Preschool of Scottsdale, AZHello families! My name is Jenn and I am the Area Manager for the Arizona market. I have received my Child Development Associates and have taken several classes in Early Childhood Education.  I have been working in Early Childhood Education since 2004, and have been absolutely honored to serve all of the children and families of Little Sunshine’s since July of 2011.  I found my love for Early Childhood Education at a young age and have developed a deep passion for helping children reach their maximum potential before heading off to Kindergarten.  My favorite thing about working in this field is the opportunity that it gives me to get to know each child as the individual that they are and to build bonds with each and every one of them that lasts a lifetime.  The importance of Early Childhood Education and socialization to the development of a young mind is what drives my work every day.  I am excited to have the opportunity to meet your family and to look into having you join our Little Sunshine’s family!

Mrs. Ashley, Program Director

Ashley, Little Sunshine's Playhouse of Gilbert, AZ at Higley Director“Hi, there! My name is Ashley and I will be your child’s Program Director at the new Little Sunshine’s Playhouse on Higley Rd! I have been working with children for 15 years and have had the pleasure of teaching, training educators and parents, as well as, leading many through their educational journey.

Professionally, I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from Arizona State University. My dual focus was Family and Human Development and Small Business. Throughout my studies, I consistently combined all aspects of the child and family dynamic with appropriate ways to educate and mentor team members that we have the opportunity to develop! Problem-solving with the whole picture in mind is important when it comes to education and the multifaceted world that is learning.

Personally, my family served in the military and I had the luxury of living in different parts of the world and the US. I have been married to my husband for 11 years and we have two young boys, Mason and Benjamin. In our free time, if we are not on the football field with Pop Warner, we love to be outdoors enjoying hiking or swimming. We are always on the go!

Children are my passion and I am over the moon to be able to foster relationships and build bonds with each of you for years to come! When you love what you do, you don’t work a day in your life!”

Mrs. Melissa, Assistant Program Director

Mrs. Melissa, Assistant Director of Little Sunshine's Playhouse and Preschool of Gilbert at Higley“Hi! My name is Melissa and I will be your child’s Assistant Program Director at the new Little Sunshine’s Playhouse on Higley Rd! I studied Early Childhood Education in Scotland, UK, and during my 11 years of experience, I have had the pleasure of teaching in the classroom, training educators and liaising with parents. Developing strong relationships is the foundation of everything that I do, both professionally and personally!

I am married and have 4 wonderful children. I love living in Arizona and enjoy hiking, cooking and spending time with my family. My most recent accomplishment was becoming a United States Citizen!

I am thrilled to begin this new adventure where I can build trusting, caring relationships with children, families and staff at LSP.”

“I cannot say enough wonderful things about this school! This is one of the more “expensive” preschools in the area, but now that I see the quality of education and service our entire family is receiving, this is the best deal in town! We originally started our daughter at our second choice school due to cost. She cried at drop off, cried at pick up, didn’t bring home any art, and overall it just didn’t seem to be the right fit. I am so glad I listened to gut and moved my daughter to Little Sunshine’s. The school posts daily lesson plans. As an elementary teacher myself, I am so impressed with the curricular planning and implementation. Everyday my 19 month old comes home doing something new that matches what was posted. Her vocabulary has dramatically increased, she started using sign language, and singing new songs. At home she is doing a better job using table manners and following directions thanks to the school. She also brings home very cute art projects. The teachers work so hard to plan and create these projects that connect to the monthly theme. ALL of the teachers are wonderful! I am amazed at the quality of customer service we receive on a daily basis. We are always greeted kindly and by name! All of my daughter’s teachers genuinely care about her. When I say it’s time to go to school she runs to the door! While I am at work is it such a gift to know that my daughter is loved and in an environment where she is thriving. Early childcare positions usually pay very low, but this school at leasts provides the teachers with health benefits. I feel better supporting a school that provides these highly-qualified teachers with more benefits than the average school. This might also be why the quality of teachers are superb! I could keep on going with so many more reasons why this school is amazing… Thank you Little Sunshine’s for everything!!” – Emily K. (Gilbert – Val Vista Dr. LSP Family)


“We absolutely love Little Sunshines! Our son started attending when he was just 3 months old and from his very first day we knew he was in a place that truly cared for him. We love at the attention to detail the teachers put into planning the days for the little kiddos. Our son has learned so much over the last year and a half, and enjoys the fun extra activities the school has now & then. The facility is clean, everyone is so nice and friendly, meals are perfect, and the kiddie cams are awesome too! LuvNotes are our favorite way to stay connected with our son’s day. We could not imagine sending our son anywhere else!” – The Mayne Family (Gilbert – Val Vista Dr. LSP Family)


“LSP is an amazing place! I have twins and each child had their own needs met and have the opportunity to grow.” – The Vrana Family (Gilbert – Val Vista Dr. LSP Family)

Dahler Family

The Dahler’s are the founders and franchisors of Little Sunshine’s Playhouse, and the owners of this preschool in Gilbert, AZ. 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.

Address: 3840 S Higley Rd, Gilbert, AZ 85297

Phone: (480) 272-7953

Hours of Operation: 6:00 am to 6:00 pm, Monday through Friday

Ages Served: Infant (6 weeks) through Pre-Kindergarten


3840 S Higley Rd, Gilbert, AZ 85297

Hours of Operation: 6:00 am to 6:00 pm, Monday through Friday

Phone: (480) 272-7953

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