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Gilbert, AZ (Higley)

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

Little Sunshine’s Playhouse & Preschool® of Gilbert at Higley opened in 2019 and is the third Little Sunshine’s Playhouse in Arizona. The school is located in the southeast part of Gilbert across the street from Walgreens on the opposite corner!

Our all-inclusive, private program provides educational care to children ages 6 weeks through Pre-Kindergarten. Communities around us are Stratland Estates, Whitewing Estates, San Tan Ranch, Caberra Estates, Windmill Ranch, Coronado Ranch, Weston Ranch, Seville, Shamrock Estates. 

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 and afternoon snacks, and extracurricular activities.  



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.

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LuvNotes®

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

Red Carpet Distinctive Services

Red Carpet Service™

Convenient morning drop off service during your morning rush

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Chef Prepared Meals

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

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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.”

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!

Ms. Janel, Assistant Director of Little Sunshine's Playhouse and Preschool of Gilbert at Higley

Mrs. Janel

Assistant Director

Hello! My name is Ms. Janel, and I feel so blessed to be a part of the Little Sunshine’s family as Assistant Director of Little Sunshine’s Playhouse and Preschool of Gilbert at Higley. 

I was born and raised right here in beautiful Gilbert. I even graduated from Gilbert High school (GO TIGERS)! I fell into early childhood education 20 years ago, and it quickly became my passion. There is nothing more rewarding than watching children grow, learn and know that you have been a part of it.

During my early childhood education journey, I have worked for other local schools and even ran my own in-home childcare program. For the last five years, Little Sunshine’s Playhouse has been my home. I started as a toddler teacher and worked my way to becoming a senior head teacher at our other Gilbert location on Val Vista. I was then promoted to Assistant Director, which I was so excited to take the position. I have been so lucky to work alongside some of the best educators in Gilbert!

On a personal note, I have been married to my husband for 19 years, and we have a son named Jacob and a daughter named Haley. They truly are my whole world! We love spending spare time at our cabin and enjoying the beautiful mountains. We love our time with all our family and close friends.

I look forward to getting to know your family better and watching your little one grow and learn each day at Little Sunshine’s Playhouse.

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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