Child Care in Springfield, MO

Preschool and Child care in Springfield, MO

Reggio Emilia-Inspired Preschool & Child Care for Springfield, MO Families

Little Sunshine’s PlayhouseMacaroni Kid Family Favorite - 2024 & Preschool® of Springfield opened in 2009 and is one of four in the Springfield area. The school is located in the southwest part of Springfield across the street from FD’s Grillhouse.

Our all-inclusive, private preschool program provides educational child care to children ages 6 weeks through pre-kindergarten in Springfield, Nixa, and Republic 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, and afternoon snack.

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

It’s all About our Springfield 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 Distinctive Services

Convenient morning drop off service during your morning rush

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

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Strictly-enforced security putting parent’s 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 Springfield, MO Leadership Team

Mrs. Shelly, Program Director at Little Sunshine's Playhouse and Preschool of Springfield, MO at Cardinal

Ms. Shelly

Program Director

Hello, my name is Shelly, and I am so happy to be your Program Director at Little Sunshine’s Playhouse and Preschool of Springfield at Cardinal. I am thrilled to provide our children with the best educational child care. Building strong, positive relationships with our students, their families, and our staff is my top priority as the program director. I am delighted to spend my days supporting our teachers, as they help our students develop their self-esteem and the skills needed to be successful in school and later in life.

A little about myself, I have been married to my wonderful husband for over 28 years, and we have a son who is 22. I am very passionate about early childhood education and have been in the field with Little Sunshine’s Playhouse for over 18 years, starting as an assistant teacher, and eventually working my way up to program director. I currently hold my Master’s in Early Childhood and Family Studies.

I look forward to the opportunity of becoming a part of your child’s life and a part of your family.

Mrs. Anna, Assistant Director of Little Sunshine's Playhouse and Preschool of Springfield, MO at Cardinal

Ms. Anna

Assistant director

Hello, my name is Anna, and I am so excited to serve you as Assistant Director of Little Sunshine’s Playhouse and Preschool of Springfield at Cardinal. I am so happy to be part of your children’s and family’s lives.

I found my passion for early childhood education starting in 2013. Since then, I’ve worked as a lead teacher for several years. After gaining nine years of wonderful experience as an early educator. I continuously strive to provide the very best learning experience while still creating lots of fun memories in our program – after all, children learn best through play!

A little about myself, I have a wonderful husband that I have been married to for a little over three years, and have a one-year-old daughter who keeps us very busy and keeps life so fun. During my free time, I love to spend time at the lake with my family, taking trips with my family and watching my daughter experience new things! My husband and I love to go camping and be outside. Hiking in the mountains or swimming in the ocean is what I find the most relaxing.

I look forward to helping create fun and happiness in your child’s life.

Educational Child Care Programs in Springfield, MO

Infant Educational Program

Infant Program (6 weeks – 1 year)

Our highly trained infant teachers partner with you to ensure your baby’s developmental needs are met every step along the way. Our nursery staff create predictable routines and nurturing classroom environments that foster social and emotional development in your baby.  

Toddler Educational Program

Toddler Program (1-2 years)

Our toddler classrooms are designed to encourage purposeful play where our teachers guide your child through age-appropriate learning experiences that prepare them with the knowledge they need to be confident as they grow.

Early Preschool Educational Program

Early Preschool Program (2-3 years)

Your child’s preschool teacher and our classroom create a nurturing, home-like classroom environment where your toddler is treated as a capable individual, whose opinions, actions and thoughts are respected and valued.

Preschool Educational Program

Preschool Program (3-4 years)

We design our preschool classrooms with developmental milestones in mind and equip each classroom with age-appropriate, educational toys to help continue inspiring your preschoolers curiosity and desire to learn and engage with their classmates and their environment.

Pre-Kindergarten Educational Program

Pre-K Program (4-5 years)

It is our mission to prepare your child for a successful year in the wonderful world of kindergarten. Our skilled pre-K teachers help build essential skills by carefully crafting engaging activities that balance instructed learning and purposeful play.

Our Springfield, MO Preschool

Preschool Classroom in Springfield, MO
Little Sunshine's Playhouse & Preschool of Springfield, MO at Cardinal
Little Sunshine's Playhouse & Preschool of Springfield, MO at Cardinal

What Our Cardinal Families Are Saying

5 Stars

I can’t even begin to say how amazing this facility has been for our daughter. This was her first daycare and I’m a typical mom, nervous about everything!!! They have always answered all of my questions, relieved any concerns we have ever had, taken incredible care of our little princess. They have an app and a website where they share pictures of your little privately with you, and they share updates on how the day is going. The communication with parents is unprecedented.

5 Stars

They are so good with my daughter. She is 4 with autism. She loves them and I know they love her. The school keeps me posted on my child. I never have to worry about her when she is there. I really love the LuvNotes I get especially when I am at work.

5 Stars

My two-year-old son and three-year-old daughter has been attending LSP for almost 8 months and I absolutely love it! I recently went on a trip for a few days and left them for the first time and they were super emotional. Especially my daughter. Her teachers kept me informed and gave her extra attention and cuddles and I could not be more grateful!

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