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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™ allows 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 provides 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 teacher 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!

Mrs. Stacy, Area Manager & Program Director

“Hello, my name is Stacy. I am the Program Director at Little Sunshine’s Playhouse and Preschool of Springfield at Chestnut and Area Manager of our Southwest Missouri and Northwest Arkansas schools. I will be celebrating five years with LSP this coming year.

I have a graduate degree in Elementary Education specializing in Curriculum and Instruction as well as a graduate degree in Clinical Psychology and an Educational Specialist degree in Educational Leadership and Administration. 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.

Education and psychology are both 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 eight years ago and married in 2013. My husband and I have a two and a half-year-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!”

Mrs. Danielle, Assistant Program Director

Mrs. Danielle, Assistant Director of Springfield (Chestnut)“Hello everyone! My name is Danielle (aka “DK). I am so excited to be part of the Leadership Team at LSP! I have been in the Early Childhood field for 11 years, and have learned so much that has contributed to my love and passion for teaching children!

I started with LSP at the Chestnut location in 2014 while I was still working to complete my degree in Early Childhood Education. I obtained my degree in 2016 and enjoyed continuing my career with this wonderful company. After having my second child, I took a short maternity leave and returned to LSP as a Head Teacher. I have thoroughly enjoyed using my time in that position as an opportunity to learn as much as I can to expand my leadership skills.

I have a wonderful husband, Chris, and we have two children; Emma, who is 7 and a proud LSP graduate, and Isaiah, 8 months old, who currently attends LSP! I also have a rescue fur baby, Sansa. We enjoy spending quality time as a family, whether it is game nights, traveling, or watching movies together!”

“We have had our 10-month-old baby boy enrolled at Little Sunshines Playhouse for the past month and a half. We absolutely love this place!!! The teachers treat our little guy like he is one of their own kids! Our baby boy loves coming here! The staff has been friendly, attentive and very caring. The teacher-to-parent communication is great! The teachers are always very informative about how his day went. They also keep us updated on mental and physical milestones that they are watching for in our child’s progress, and also of all the milestones they have already seen him achieve. The security is great here. The front door is locked and requires a security pass code for entry. I HIGHLY recommend this place!!!!” – The Cook Family


Dahler Family

The Dahler’s are the founders and franchisors of Little Sunshine’s Playhouse, and the owners of this preschool in Springfield, MO. 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: 2826 W Chestnut Expy, 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


2826 W Chestnut Expy, Springfield, MO 65802

Hours of Operation: 6:00 am – 6:00 pm, Monday through Friday

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


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