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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.

Little Sunshine’s Playhouse and Preschool is recognized within the industry as a premier early childhood education program and is proud to be a private preschool in Gilbert, AZ. 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 childcare 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!

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. Janae, Program Director

Mrs. Janae, Program Director at Gilbert (Val Vista)“Hello families, my name is Janae and I am the Program Director at our Little Sunshine’s Playhouse and Preschool of Gilbert at Val Vista. I have a passion for Early Childhood Education and started my career as an Early Childhood Educator in 2014.

I have a strong belief that every child deserves a high-quality learning experience that allows them to learn and grow in a way that is nurturing, warm and feels like a second home. Children thrive in a loving and caring school environment, where they are surrounded by teachers and friends who care, help and guide them to be their very best.

As a proud mother of two beautiful girls, my most important professional goal is to provide all of the children in our community the best early learning environment and to help form the foundation they need to be successful students and individuals.”

Mrs. Shelane, Assistant Director

Hello, I am Shelane, and I am the Assistant Director here at Little Sunshine’s in Gilbert. I am a born and raised Arizonian and currently attending Northern Arizona University with plans to graduate with my Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education.

I started out in Interior Design school but couldn’t stay away from the babies! I have worked in childcare for more than 10 years now but have always babysat younger siblings and cousins growing up. I started out working as a teacher’s aide at a school in chandler while also helping them decorate each classroom. I have had the opportunity to be the lead teacher in all classrooms from Infants to Preschool but my favorite is the little babies. I have also worked as Assistant Director at two other schools in the past as well. At Little Sunshine’s I was the lead infant teacher in the Treasure Island Classroom and nominated as teacher of the month by families and my peers in May of 2015.  In September of 2015, I was given the opportunity to be head teacher and now I’m Assistant Director at the best school I have worked for! I love working in the office being able to meet the families and spend a little bit of time in each classroom every day!

In my spare time, I enjoy watching football (Go BRONCOS), playing volleyball, scrapbooking and watching movies. I do not have any human babies of my own (I have two cats and a dog) but say I claim the 100+ kiddos that come to school here every day.

I look forward to meeting and spending time with all of our families!

“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.


“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


“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


“My daughter started April of this year after switching from another daycare that we don’t not like. Little Sunshine’s welcomed her in and made her feel so comfortable and after the first week she wouldn’t cry when I dropped her off. It is SUPER clean. They serve good food. The teachers and very thorough and informative about how your child’s day went. They care about the kids and all teacher, even the ones who are not my daughter main teachers are so involved. I feel so at ease dropping my daughter off. Definitely recommend!” – Jaime V.

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:1059 N Val Vista Dr, Gilbert, AZ 85234

Phone: (480) 926-1317

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

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


1059 N Val Vista Dr, Gilbert, AZ 85234

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

Phone: (480) 926-1317

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