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 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.

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!

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!”

“I am so happy to have found Little Sunshine’s! My 2 year old has been going there for over 3 months now and the amount of things he has learned has increased drastically. I always feel like I can talk to any of the teachers and I love the fun art projects that they make there too. The director, Stacy, is so kind and is always willing to talk to me about how we can work together on any undesirable toddler behavior that is going on with my son. I also love the fun events that they plan that allow the parents to come in a get to see the kiddos in their environment. They hosted a fun Back to School bash in August and just hosted a fantastic Grandparent’s Day event that my Mom loved! It is also nice to be able to use the webcam to see all the fun he is having a school and I appreciate the detailed online daily reports that are sent out. Keep up the great work LSP!” – The Taft Family

 

“Little Sunshine’s Playhouse in Ozark is a wonderful preschool! My children have been at Little Sunshines for a total of 5 years. I absolutely recommend this school! They are caring and helpful in every way. The cameras and LuvNotes are the best. I feel so confident and secure with sending my most precious little gifts here. Thank you LSP!” – The Everding Family

 

“Both of my children have attended LSP, and we’ve had such a great experience! My oldest graduated from the PreK classroom and went into kindergarten with friends she met at LSP and with the knowledge that set her up for success in the classroom. My youngest comes home with new skills almost every day. And they LOVE their teachers and the staff, who are friendly and really care about the children.

All of the extra classes, like the soccer, dance, and gymnastics, that the children can participate in are great, especially for working parents who may not always be able to make these classes during the week.

The communication is top-notch, from the daily updates on how my child is doing at school to school updates from the director and the cameras; if you want to stay informed with how your child is doing throughout the day, LSP makes it easy and possible. I would recommend LSP to anyone (and I have!) looking for quality childcare that is both educational and fun.” – The Matteson Family

 

“Our daughter has been attending Little Sunshine’s Playhouse & Preschool in Ozark for the past 2 years and we couldn’t be happier! She LOVES going to “school” and we are constantly amazed at the growth that she shows. I cannot thank the teachers and staff enough for taking such wonderful care of my little girl. I love the daily updates (both the emails from the director and the LuvNotes) we get and having the ability to “check-in” via the secure camera site is wonderful! I will admit, I don’t check the cameras as much as I used to, because I know how happy my daughter is and that she is in wonderful hands! I am so, so happy that we made the choice to send her to Little Sunshine’s in Ozark!” – The Miller Family

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.

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

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4910 N 21st St Ozark, Missouri 65721

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

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