Reggio Emilia-Inspired Preschool & Child Care in Leawood, KS
Little Sunshine’s Playhouse & Preschool® of Leawood is owned an operated by Brad and Kristin Dahler. We opened our castle doors in 2012 and were the first Little Sunshine’s Playhouse in the Kansas City metro. The school is located in Leawood right down the road from the cross section of 151st street and Nall Ave.
Our all-inclusive, private preschool program provides educational child care to children ages 6 weeks through pre-kindergarten in Johnson County and Leawood community.
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.
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.”
Our Leadership Team
My name is Elsie and I am proud to serve as the area manager for Little Sunshine’s Playhouse and Preschool® in Kansas City. I began my journey as preschool teacher while in college at the University of Kansas in 2008 (Rock Chalk!) pursuing my Bachelor of Science, Elementary Education. It was during this time where education young children truly became a passion of mine. I have served as a program director in the Johnson County community since my family moved to the area in 2014.
I believe each child has a unique learning style and should be given the opportunity to thrive in a safe and loving environment. I look forward to going in to work each day where I get to watch our amazing teachers do amazing things and witness our students learn through play and discovery.
In my spare time you can find me with my family; my husband Ryan and our three kiddos; Max, Leo and Ella. We enjoy traveling, have family movie nights & being outdoors as much as possible.
Interim Program Director
Hello, I am Ms. Mikayla, and I am so excited to be your interim Program Director at Little Sunshine’s Playhouse and Preschool in Leawood!
I began my journey with Little Sunshine’s Playhouse in Springfield, MO in 2018. During my time, I took on various roles in different classrooms and leadership. I graduated with my associates degree in Early Childhood Education and Development and I will be finishing up my bachelor’s degree this December. I am proud to be continuing my journey with this amazing organization.
Working with children has always been a passion of mine, and I believe children thrive best when in a safe and loving environment. When children’s needs are met, their potential is endless!
Outside of work, I love being outdoors as much as possible. My husband, Tanner, and I love spending time at the lake and traveling together. We have three rowdy dogs, all rescues of course, who we love unconditionally! I am so excited to get to know you and your family!
Hi! My name is Ashton and I’m the assistant director at the Leawood location.
I began my journey with Little Sunshine’s Playhouse in July of 2013 as a preschool teacher. I have since worked my way from an assistant teacher, lead teacher, head teacher, curriculum coordinator, and now assistant director. I am thrilled to be able to continue my journey with such an amazing company.
One of the things I enjoy most about working in early childhood education is getting to watch the children learn new things and how excited it makes them when they accomplish it. I also love building a family-like relationship between myself, the children, and their families so LSP has been the perfect fit.
Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my family and my two adorable dogs. I also enjoy reading suspense novels and photography.