Our goal is to create the opportunity to succeed for those who have the passion, drive and commitment to make a positive difference in the lives of young children. Empowered by a distinctive entrepreneurial ideal built on integrity, diversity and ingenuity, Little Sunshine’s Playhouse offers a superior childcare concept with dedicated corporate support and committed standards of excellence and education for students, staff, franchisees and corporate executives alike.
Rochette and Matthew Dahler, Chief Executive Office and Vice President

Rochette and Matthew Dahler

Chief Executive Officer & Vice President

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 daycare 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, partnered with her excitement for the Reggio Emilia philosophy fueled her dream.  Her first school exceeded all expectations and was slated for expansion within one year with over 140 students on a waiting list eager for placement.

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.  Both Matt and Rochette are also Certified Franchise Executives graduating class of 2013; which is the highest distinction in Franchising, with the International Franchise Association.  Matt is a licensed realtor in multiple states and often times he secures real estate for new locations.  And, both serve as executive board members of the Pediatric Brain Foundation.

Their 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 and the development of the Creatively Shine™ curriculum model incorporating Reggio Emilia influence into a 24 month rotation of inspiring themes. Under their leadership, the company has been recognized as a Top New Franchise by Franbest Networks at www.topnewfranchises.com, nine 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, Springfield Business Journal’s Dynamic Dozen in both 2017 and 2018, as well as many dozen best of category wins for best educational daycare/childcare/school in local markets across the country. Rochette is also an award recipient of the Springfield Business Journal’s ’40 Under 40′ for 2015.

Their passion is Little Sunshine’s Playhouse! Each of their three children, Gillian, Riley and Paxon 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.

Little Sunshine's Playhouse Corporate Team

Executive & Support Team Members

Amber Riddle

Chief Financial Officer

Abby Davis

Chief Operating Officer

Mary Bozarth

In-House Counsel

Kaley Harmon

Director of Expansion

Kelly Yust

Director of Marketing

Heather Wilson

Director of Admissions

Sam Smith

Director of Business Development

Kelly Hodge, Controller at Little Sunshine's Playhouse & PreschoolKelly Hodge


Julie Hayes

Senior Accounting Executive

Tanya Brown

Accounting Executive

Mel Martz

Operations Manager

Kaci Moore

Admissions Coordinator

Marcy Chandler

Digital Marketing Specialist

Genni Hoyle

Executive Assistant