Gilbert, AZ (Higley)

Reggio Emilia-Inspired Preschool & Child Care in Gilbert, AZ.

Little Sunshine’s Playhouse & Preschool® of Gilbert at Val Vista opened in 2015 and was the third Little Sunshine’s Playhouse in the Phoenix Metro. The school is located in the East part of the Valley. Right next to Val Vista Lakes down the road from the US 60. 

Our all-inclusive, private preschool program provides educational child care to children ages 6 weeks through pre-kindergarten in the Gilbert, Mesa, and Chandler 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 rate includes: formula, wipes, baby food, breakfast, lunch, afternoon snack, and extracurricular activities.  

Our Leadership Team

Mrs. Jenn, Little Sunshine's Playhouse and Preschool Arizona Area Manager

Mrs. Jenn

Area Manager

Hello families! My name is Jenn and I am the Area Manager for all the Little Sunshine’s Playhouse & Preschool® locations in Arizona.

I have worked in Early Childhood Education since 2004, and have been absolutely honored to serve all of the children and families of since July of 2011. I have received my Child Development Associates and have taken several classes in Early Childhood Education. 

I found my love for Early Childhood Education at a young age and have developed a deep passion for helping children reach their maximum potential before heading off to kindergarten.  My favorite thing about working with children is the opportunity it provides to get to know our students as the individual they are and to build bonds with each and every one of them that lasts a lifetime.

The importance of Early Childhood Education and socialization to the development of a young mind is what drives my work every day.  I am excited to have the opportunity to meet your family and to look into having you join our Little Sunshine’s family.

Ashley Lloyd, Program Director of Little Sunshine's Playhouse and Preschool of Gilbert, AZ at Higley

Mrs. Ashley

Program Director

Hi, there! My name is Ashley and I will be your child’s Program Director at Little Sunshine’s Playhouse on Higley Rd. I have been working with children for 15 years and have had the pleasure of teaching and training educators and parents, as well as leading many through their educational journey.

Professionally, I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from Arizona State University. My dual focus was Family and Human Development and Small Business. Throughout my studies, I consistently combined all aspects of the child and family dynamic with appropriate ways to educate and mentor team members that we have the opportunity to develop! Problem-solving with the whole picture in mind is important when it comes to education and the multifaceted world that is learning.

Personally, my family served in the military and I had the luxury of living in different parts of the world and the US. I have been married to my husband for 11 years and we have two young boys, Mason and Benjamin. In our free time, if we are not on the football field with Pop Warner, we love to be outdoors enjoying hiking or swimming. We are always on the go!

Children are my passion and I am over the moon to be able to foster relationships and build bonds with each of you for years to come! When you love what you do, you don’t work a day in your life!

Mrs. Melissa, Assistant Program Director of Little Sunshine's Playhouse and Preschool of Gilbert, AZ at Higley Rd.

Mrs. Melissa

Assistant Director

Hi! My name is Melissa and I will be your child’s Assistant Program Director at the new Little Sunshine’s Playhouse on Higley Rd. 

I studied Early Childhood Education in Scotland, UK, and during my 11 years of experience, I have had the pleasure of teaching in the classroom, training educators and liaising with parents. Developing strong relationships is the foundation of everything that I do, both professionally and personally!

I am married and have 4 wonderful children. I love living in Arizona and enjoy hiking, cooking and spending time with my family. My most recent accomplishment was becoming a United States Citizen!

I am thrilled to begin this new adventure where I can build trusting, caring relationships with children, families and staff at Little Sunshine’s Playhouse.

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​

Christina M.
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Absolutely love this school and staff. My daughter has been attending since she was 6 months old; the leaps and bounds she's made are phenomenal. Between signing to communicate, playing, and learning from her fellow infant classmates on motor control, I couldn't be happier. The staff is amazing, personal, and truly cares about my child and those around her. I would highly recommend this facility to anyone who asks!!
Nikia E.
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The staff at the Higley location is the absolute best. You can tell that Program Director and her leadership team took their time to carefully select their faculty members. Our son's teacher is attentive and is genuinely invested in the development of the children in her class. You can't believe how refreshing that is for us as first time parents. Thank you!
Ashton K.
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We are so pleased with LSP since enrolling our daughter! They have been phenomenal to work with and we truly feel at ease dropping her off. During the day, we know the teachers are working hard with her to ensure she's learning the things necessary to prepare her for the move up to pre-K and eventually kindergarten. The reports from the teachers always bring a smile to our faces, plus it gives us content to talk with her about after her day is done to continue to engage her thought process. My husband and I are thrilled to see how happy our daughter comes home every day. Thanks, LSP!

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