Reggio Emilia-Inspired Preschool & Child Care in Gilbert, AZ
Little Sunshine’s Playhouse & Preschool® of Gilbert at Val Vista opened in 2015 and is the second 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 rates include: formula, wipes, baby food, breakfast, lunch, snack, and extracurricular activities.
Our Leadership Team
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 Little Sunshine’s Playhouse 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.
Hello families, my name is Janae and I am the Program Director at our Little Sunshine’s Playhouse and Preschool® of Gilbert at Val Vista. I have a passion for Early Childhood Education and started my career as an Early Childhood Educator in 2014.
I have a strong belief that every child deserves a high-quality learning experience that allows them to learn and grow in a way that is nurturing, warm and feels like a second home. Children thrive in a loving and caring school environment, where they are surrounded by teachers and friends who care, help and guide them to be their very best.
As a proud mother of two beautiful girls, my most important professional goal is to provide all of the children in our community the best early learning environment and to help form the foundation they need to be successful students and individuals.
Hello, I am Shelane, and I am the assistant director here at Little Sunshine’s Val Vista. I am a born-and-raised Arizonian and graduated from Northern Arizona University with my bachelor’s degree in early childhood education in May of 2019.
I started my educational journey studying interior design but just love the child care industry so much. I have worked in childcare for more than 10 years now but have always babysit younger siblings and cousins growing up. I began my career in childcare working as a teacher’s aide at a school in chandler while also helping them decorate each classroom. I have had the opportunity to be the lead teacher in all classrooms working with ages from 6 weeks to 5 years old but my favorite age to work with would have to be the little babies. I have also worked as assistant director at two other schools in the valley. At Little Sunshine’s Playhouse I was the lead infant teacher in the Treasure Island classroom and nominated as teacher of the month by families and my peers in May of 2015. In September of 2015, I was given the opportunity to become the head teacher and quickly grew to the assistant director role at the best school I have worked for! I love working in the office and being able to meet all of the families and being able to spend a little bit of time in each classroom every day with all of our students!
In my spare time, I enjoy watching Bronco football, playing volleyball, scrapbooking and watching movies. I do not have any human babies of my own, but I have two cats and a dog. I always say I claim all of the 100+ kids who come to school here every day.
I look forward to meeting and spending time with all of our families.
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
Strictly-enforced security putting parents minds at ease
Our Proprietary Reggio Emilia-Inspired Curriculum
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.”