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 in the lobby of 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, 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.

Michelle Ursino, Program Director

“Hello! Welcome to Little Sunshine’s Playhouse and Preschool Chestnut location!

My name is Michelle Ursino and it’s an honor to be apart of the LSP family once again as your Director.

My heart has always been in the early childhood years and I am eager to watch each of your children grow as they learn and develop through their social experiences at LSP. These are the years that are truly some of the most important years in a child’s life. I have a HUGE passion for childcare, meeting the needs of the parents as well as the staff.

I started at Little Sunshine’s Playhouse and Preschool back in 2007 and I got the opportunity to set up each classroom with all the equipment and make the entire preschool ready for opening day as well as supervise the day-to-day operations of the facility. In 2009, I decided to become a stay-at-home mommy when my third child was born and later on I welcomed number four.

The past 7 years I have been an Admission Assistant and Nurse Assistant at Mercy Rehab Hospital and I have gained a wealth of knowledge and experiences in providing incomparable patient care over the years.

In 2016, I earned my Bachelor of Science degree in Human Services from Drury University, am married to an amazing firefighter and have four beautiful children. I love spending time with my family every second I get free. We all enjoy camping, fishing, hiking, riding our bikes down bike trails around Springfield, kayaking and motorcycle adventures together.”

Molly Gray, Assistant Director

“Hello everyone! My name is Molly Gray and I have been with Little Sunshine’s Playhouse since June 2007. I began my career here working as an Assistant Teacher in the Firefly (toddler) classroom. Since then I have had the opportunity to work with several of the different age groups and was in the Gummy Bear (infant) classroom for over three and a half years.

In October 2014, I was given the opportunity to become the Assistant Director and gladly accepted! I absolutely love working with children and their families ad having the ability to see them grow and learn every day. My work is my passion. I am also working toward my degree in Early Childhood Development.

On a more personal note, I was born in Springfield, MO and raised in Republic, MO. I love to spend time with family and friends. I enjoy reading books and watching movies also.”

Address: 2826 W Chestnut Expwy, Springfield, MO 65802
Phone: 417-863-1600
Fax: 417-863-1055
Hours of Operation: 6:00 am – 6:00 pm, Monday through Friday
Ages Served: Infant (6 weeks) through Pre-Kindergarten

Apply For Admission Today:

2826 W Chestnut Expwy, Springfield, MO 65802

Phone: (417) 863-1600| Fax: (417) 863-1055


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