Franklin, TN

Reggio Emilia-Inspired Preschool & Child Care in Franklin, TN

Little Sunshine’s Playhouse & Preschool® of Franklin is locally owned and operated by the Montgomery family. It opened in 2017 and was the first Little Sunshine’s Playhouse in the Nashville metro. The school is located in the east part of Franklin across the street from the Publix in McKay’s Mill.

Our all-inclusive, private preschool program provides educational child care to children ages 6 weeks through pre-kindergarten in the Franklin, Nashville, Brentwood, Nolansville, Thompson Station, and Spring Hill communities.

In order to cater to your family’s unique child care needs, we offer a variety of schedule options, which are M-F, MWF and Tues./Thurs. Our monthly tuition rates include: formula, wipes, baby food, breakfast, lunch, afternoon snack, and extracurricular activities.

Our Leadership Team

Ms. Sarah, Program Director of Little Sunshine's Playhouse and Preschool of Franklin, TN

Ms. Sarah

Program Director

Hello! My name is Sarah, and I am your Program Director at Little Sunshine’s Playhouse in Franklin, Tennessee. My career with Little Sunshine’s Playhouse began as an early preschool assistant teacher in 2014 at Little Sunshine’s located in University City, Missouri. I quickly fell in love with Little Sunshine’s mission and the wonderful family environment that was created. After spending a year and a half as both an assistant and lead with my wonderful two-year-olds, I was given the opportunity to become a Head Teacher overseeing first the infants and toddlers and then shifting to the older preschool unit. After more than three years with LSP, I showed interest in moving to Franklin to help open another school and was offered the Assistant Director position, which I happily accepted.

I spent a year in that role building relationships with teachers and families and watching LSP Franklin flourish. I am so excited to continue my journey with Little Sunshine’s as the program director in Franklin. It is such an honor to serve our families and be a part of this community.

Mrs. Tessa, Assistant Director of Little Sunshine's Playhouse and Preschool of Franklin, TN

Ms. Tessa

Assistant director

Hello, my name is Tessa, and I am your Assistant Director at Little Sunshine’s Playhouse and Preschool® in Franklin, TN. I started at Little Sunshine’s Playhouse in February of 2018 as a Lead Toddler Teacher, where I spent 10 months before being promoted to Head Teacher. Shortly after, I was thrilled to accept the Assistant Director position.

I grew up in New Zealand in a beautiful beach town with a wonderful family and community around me and have always been drawn to and inspired by young children. From a very young age, I’ve known I would always work with children, and my passion for early childhood education and families has been evident throughout my life. I went to University in New Zealand and received my CDA in early childhood education. After working in a handful of preschools and nannying, I moved to the United States. When I discovered Little Sunshine’s Playhouse, my heart was filled. I have been very honored to be a part of the team in Franklin, TN.

I truly believe every child has the right to be heard, nurtured, loved and I enjoy creating a nurturing environment here at LSP for all of the beautiful children while cultivating relationships within the community and among families. I look forward to meeting you and your family!

Mr. Lakin, Business Services Manager at Little Sunshine's Playhouse and Preschool of Franklin, TN

Mr. Lakin

Business Services Manager

Hello, my name is Lakin, and I am the Business Services Manager at Little Sunshine’s Playhouse and Preschool® in Franklin, Tennessee. I made the move from Missouri to begin my journey with LSP Franklin in March of 2020. I have a degree in Business Administration, and I have several years of experience in a leadership capacity.

 Growing up in Lamar, Missouri, I got to experience the small-town atmosphere while being surrounded by such a great family and an amazing community. I love serving and interacting with people, and it’s my passion to lead with a team-oriented and servant mindset. I’ve also always had a soft heart for children, and getting to know the families in Franklin has been such a joy.

When I’m not enjoying time at the school, you’ll find me doing things outdoors, playing recreational sports, and exploring all of the awesome things the Nashville area has to offer.

The LSP Franklin family has become a second family to me, and I’m so excited to have joined this team! I look forward to getting to meet your family.

What Makes Little Sunshine’s Playhouse & Preschool® so Special?

It’s all About our Families.

At Little Sunshine’s Playhouse, we are committed to providing you the highest quality of communication, security, and innovative conveniences through our Distinctive Services so you can take comfort in knowing your child is in the very best care.


Daily communication from your child’s teacher about their daily adventures

Red Carpet Service™

Convenient morning drop off service during your morning rush

Chef Prepared Meals

Well-researched, nutritious menus for active, growing little ones

Double-Secured Entry

Strictly-enforced security putting parents minds at ease

Our Proprietary Reggio Emilia-Inspired Curriculum

Creatively Shine®

Our Reggio Emilia-inspired curriculum, Creatively Shine®, is based on the latest research and trends to prepare your children for their educational careers equipping them with cognitive, social, emotional, physical, and language skills.

At Little Sunshine’s Playhouse and Preschool® we believe that a child’s work is play. We teach children age-appropriate lessons, manners, and social skills all through creative and purposeful play. We believe that if children enjoy learning at a young age it will carry with them throughout their lives.

Each month we have original projects, provide each classroom with new materials that reflect the monthly theme and provide related activities to support the individual concepts of the “whole child.”

Explore our Educational Programs​

Our Preschool

What our LSP Families are Saying

Misha P.
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My daughter thinks the world of her school and teachers! She tells me they are smarter than me all the time. This makes my heart full. I know I would not be able to teach my children to the caliber they do. My daughter learns so much daily and is so egger to shares at home. My son loves his teachers so much, he is always so happy when I send him and jumps into their arms. We are greeted daily with enthusiasm by management and they truly love their jobs. The Staff at Little Sunshine Franklin make our children feel safe and give them a learning experience that is truly enjoyable. We are blessed! Thank you for being amazing Little Sunshine Franklin, we highly recommend you!
Gwendolyn E.
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How do I begin other than to say how much we LOVE the LSP staff but we especially love our Land of Oz teachers! My son doesn’t love drop off, but I’m starting to think he “plays it up a little” to get the biggest welcome hug from his teachers. They are so nurturing and he eats it up!! His main teacher is so incredibly thoughtful and creative in the way that she teaches. I’m always so impressed! When my son first moved to the Pre-K classroom, I was hesitant about the age range. The teachers eased my worries really early on in the transition. I asked how she picked small groups and her response was “well one child is a little younger so Freddy will have to practice patience and sharing while playing with that friend, while the child in the group was a little older and she helped Freddy work through a block math problem that he was stuck on.” Seems simple, yet so incredibly smart and powerful on Ms Sarah’s part. The kids think they are playing, but they are learning some incredible life lessons along the way! My son had surgery his teacher went out of her way, outside of work, to check on my little guy multiple times. Her heart is in it 1000% all day, everyday!!
Meg S.
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We love little Sunshine! Our son has been there from the day it opened - and as he gets older, with every transition in to a new class, we have loved each one of teachers. The Pre-K teachers, who are both awesome! The Lead Teacher is great with all the kids- especially our son who doesn’t always like to listen 😉. She is always positive, encouraging and smiling. I really don’t know how she does it! She’s attentive to needs and manages the class wonderfully. We are so grateful for our Lead Teacher. 😇

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