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 community in Springfield, Missouri. 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™ allow 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 provide 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 teach 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.

Dahler Family

The Dahler’s are the founders and franchisors of Little Sunshine’s Playhouse, and the owners of this individual school location. 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.

Shelly Gardner, Program Director

“Hello, my name is Shelly Gardner and I am so happy to be the Program Director at our Cardinal location. I am thrilled to serve our kiddos with the best quality in educational childcare. Building strong, positive relationships with our students, their families and our staff is my top priority as the leader of our school. I am delighted to spend my days supporting our teachers, as they help our students develop their self-esteem and the skills needed to be successful in school and later in life. We strive to build upon each of our students’ strengths to maximize their potential, and will work hard in the areas that may need additional support to ensure their success.

A little about myself, I have been married to my wonderful husband for over 20 years, and we have a teenage son together. I am very passionate about early childhood education and have been in the field with Little Sunshine’s Playhouse for over 12 years, starting as assistant teacher, eventually working my way up to Program Director. I currently hold my B.S.in Early Childhood and Family Development and am working toward my M.S. degree.

I look forward to the opportunity of becoming a part of your child’s life and a part of your family.”

Chelsea Haworth, Assistant Director

“Hello, and welcome to Little Sunshine’s Playhouse and Preschool.

My name is Chelsea Haworth, and I am thrilled to be the Assistant Director at our Springfield III location. I have worked in the childcare industry since December 2010, and I have been a part of Little Sunshine’s family since September 2015. I started as the infant teacher, and about 9 months later I was promoted to the head teacher. Shortly after, I was given the opportunity to take on the role of assistant director. I am currently working towards earning my Degree in Early Childhood. I absolutely love my position, and I love being able to build lifelong relationships with all of our students and families. My passion is helping children learn and grow.

I look forward to meeting you and providing your child with our exceptional care.”

Aside from Little Sunshine’s, my husband and I have been married since October 2016. We welcomed our beautiful daughter into the world in December 2016, she is the light of our world!  In our spare time we love to spend time with family, be outdoors, and watch movies.

Address: 201 East Cardinal Dr. Springfield, MO 65810
Phone: 417-893-3333
Fax: 417-882-8999
Hours of Operation: 6:30 am – 6:00 pm, Monday through Friday
Ages Served: Infant (6 weeks) through Pre-Kindergarten

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201 E Cardinal, Springfield, MO 65810

Phone: (417) 893-3333 | Fax: (417) 882-8999

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