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 Springfield, Missouri area. 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.

Kelley Carr, Program Director

“Hello and welcome to Little Sunshine’s Playhouse, my name is Kelley Carr and I am the Program Director.  I have been a part of the company family since April 2010. I first began my career  as the Preschool Teacher where I stayed until being promoted to Assistant Director. In 2013, I was given the opportunity to become the Program Director. I am currently working towards earning my Degree in Early Childhood and am so excited about my  position and love being able to interact with all the children and families in all the classrooms.

Aside from Little Sunshine’s Playhouse, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends. I’m  also very involved in my church where my small group “Live, love, laugh” have become a very vital part of my life.  I look forward to meeting you and your family and providing a quality preschool experience for your child.”

Samantha Russell, Assistant Director

Hello and welcome to Little Sunshine’s Playhouse and Preschool, Springfield II!

I started my career in child care at 18 years old working through and early child care program at my high school. From there I have worked in quite a few facilities. I began my adventure with Little Sunshine’s in September of 2015 at our Cardinal location as the Early Preschool Teacher. There I got a reputation for fun art and science projects, where the kids got to get their little hands messy! I love watching kiddos explore the world with their senses and the light in their eyes as they learn something new!! I was offered the opportunity to become the Assistant Director of this location in April 2016. I look forward to meeting your family and helping your child learn and grow!

On a personal note: I love playing with my three children and my husband. I am very involved with the youth at my church. I teach the teen Sunday school class and work with the elementary age kids on Thursday nights. I also sing with my 13 year old daughter on our praise team.

“We absolutely love LSP Claremont! Both of our kids have gone there since they were three months old (now 4.5 years and 15 months). The genuine care and concern for our kids is the peace of mind parents need. They’ve worked with us when we’ve had special circumstances without any hesitation. The daily LuvNotes are awesome! Getting to read about their day and see a picture of them in their element is wonderful.” – The Hartman Family


“As a new parent, I wanted the best daycare I could find for my son. I toured several daycares in the Springfield area and none of them met my expectations until I went to Little Sunshine’s Playhouse on Claremont. After meeting the director, Ms. Kelley and her wonderful staff, I knew this was the perfect place for my son. Little Sunshine’s provides a wonderful family atmosphere and is clean and makes you feel right at home. The director and her staff know every kids name and always greets my son and I with a cheerful smile and makes it very clear they work for you and want to meet your child’s needs, which they all excel in. A+ to each and every one of them!!! My husband and I love reading daily about the things our son is learning and being introduced to at only 6 months old. We truly appreciate that the teachers are actually teaching and not just watching our son. I love the feeling, knowing my son is safe and in such great hands at Little Sunshine’s Playhouse. I also love the family activities they offer after hours as well. This place goes above and beyond!!!! I would recommend Little Sunshine’s Playhouse on Claremont to anyone looking for a daycare, you will not be disappointed.” – The Crockett Family


“LSP is such a blessing for our family! All of the staff are friendly and trustworthy. They go above and beyond to accommodate my little one’s needs and they are great at communicating with us. I am able to utilize the cameras during the day to check on him, and I love the LuvNotes that the teachers send home so I can see what all he did that day! It helps so much to feel comfortable leaving him, when I wish I could be with him all day.” – The Wooldridge Family


“I have had my three daughters going here since before their first birthdays. I feel like they have grown into part of our family. I love getting the luvnotes (or grade card as we call it) everyday. Kelly is an amazing leader of a great group of employees. I recommend LSP to everyone.” – The Parmele 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: 2937 S Claremont Ave, Springfield, MO 65804

Phone: 417-883-1601

Fax: 417-883-0701

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

Ages Served: Infant (6 weeks) through Pre-Kindergarten

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2937 S Claremont Ave, Springfield, MO 65804

Phone: (417) 883-1601 | Fax: (417) 883-0701

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