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 Ozark, 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 families to monitor their children from any device with Internet access. So weather you’re at work or have parents who live far away, this is a valuable tool that allows you to watch your children learn and grow throughout the day. Our cameras display in full color and are set up in every classroom and on the playground so you won’t miss a moment.

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.

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!

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.

Stacy Shepard, Program Director

“Hello my name is Stacy Shepard.  I am the Director of the LSP Ozark location. I am celebrating three years with LSP in April 2018!

I have a graduate degree in Elementary Education specializing in Curriculum and Instruction as well as a graduate degree in Clinical Psychology. I started my career teaching second grade at a Title I school and then transitioned into a fourth grade classroom at a private school. I taught for five wonderful years prior to moving to Springfield. Upon moving to Springfield I taught a summer school aged classroom ranging from children aged five to twelve. Presently, I am completing a Doctoral Degree in Leadership in Higher Education.

Education and psychology have both been passions of mine and I am extremely fortunate to have the opportunity to apply that experience and knowledge to the LSP community; all while learning from the teachers, children and leadership team on a daily basis. My teaching philosophy includes the importance of teaching to the “whole child” and building on the individual strengths that children bring to the classroom. I love meeting and building relationships with the parents and families of LSP.

On a more personal note, I moved from Phoenix, Arizona to Springfield about five years ago and married in 2013. My husband and I have a 9 month old; Zoe, who is the light of our life. She also attends Little Sunshine’s. We are so fortunate that Zoe is surrounded by such caring, loving and passionate teachers day in and day out. We also enjoy spending time with family and friends. We are a divided football household, as I am a Raiders fan and my husband a Chiefs fan. However, we both love Cardinals baseball. Go Redbirds!”

Tonya Wells, Assistant Director

“Hello, my name is Tonya Wells and I am the Assistant Director at our Ozark location. I am so proud to be a part of the LSP Team! I have been with the company for 7 years and I have learned so much, including that quality childcare is something that is sought after every day! It is my passion to be a part of a company where a high quality team works together to provide exceptional childcare, and I have found that working for Little Sunshine’s Playhouse!

I am currently working on obtaining my degree in Early Childhood Education and am so happy to be putting it to use with Little Sunshine’s Playhouse! For the last 5 years, I have been working closely with Joyce and look forward to growing and learning more and more each day.

On a more personal note, Little Sunshine’s Playhouse has been such a blessing to my family! My husband and I were married in April of 2014 and have a beautiful 7 year old daughter who attended LSP when she was younger. I’m so excited to continue my journey with the company and look forward to introducing you to our Little Sunshine’s Playhouse family!”

Address: 4910 N 21st St Ozark, Missouri 65721
Phone: 417-581-7713
Fax: 417-581-7713
Hours of Operation: 6:30 am – 6:00 pm, Monday through Friday
Ages Served: Infant (6 weeks) through Pre-Kindergarten

We are now accepting applications from caring and dedicated teachers for both full and part time positions, preferably with an early childhood education background and/or education.  Little Sunshine’s Playhouse would like to invite you to be a part of our team in bringing quality childcare to the area.

Note: We are equal opportunity employers and abide by EEO and nondiscrimination provisions of all applicable Federal, State, and local laws and regulations. We are committed to full compliance with the Americas with Disabilities Act and similar State and local laws and ensuring equal opportunity in employment for qualified persons with disabilities. All employment practices are conducted on a nondiscriminatory basis and are accepted and evaluated without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, or any disability.

Additionally, as we operate licensed child care facilities only, we are required by State regulatory agencies to ensure each applicant possess a free and clear criminal background check prior to being offered a position of employment within our schools.  Random background checks and drug testing are conducted on all employees to ensure compliance with childcare licensing regulations.  We are a franchisee school therefore we are individually and independently owned, operated and staffed.

Apply For Admission Today: 

4910 N 21st St Ozark, Missouri 65721

Phone: (417) 581-7713 | Fax: (417) 581-7713

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