Springfield, MO (Cardinal)

Reggio Emilia-Inspired Preschool & Child Care in Springfield, MO at Cardinal

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

Mrs. 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 childcare. 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 25 years, and we have a twenty-year-old son. I am very passionate about early childhood education and have been in the field with Little Sunshine’s Playhouse for over 15 years, starting as an assistant teacher, eventually working my way up to program director. I currently hold my master’s degree 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

Mrs. Anna

Assistant director

Hello, my name is Anna and I am so excited to serve you as the assistant director at our Cardinal location in Springfield, Missouri. I am so happy to be part of your children’s’ and family’s lives.

I found my passion for early childhood learning starting in 2013. Since then I’ve worked as the lead teacher for several years. After gaining 6 years of wonderful experience as an early educator, I am thrilled to be the assistant director at LSP where I get to provide service to you and your children.

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.

Building strong relationships with my staff to ensure we continue to provide the best care for your child is my personal mission.

A little about myself, I have a wonderful husband that I have been married to for a little over a year. During my free time, I love to spend time at the lake with my friends and family. I love fishing with my dad, and kayaking. My husband and I love to go camping and be outside. Taking vacations and traveling is something I enjoy doing. 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.

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Our Preschool

What our LSP Families are Saying

Bonnie H.
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Words cannot express how thankful we are for finding LSP. The staff is very friendly, attentive, and caring. We toured several other daycares in the surrounding areas and I just couldn't send my infant to any of the places we toured. That is, until we found LSP. I have to admit that I cried in the car after my tour because I could feel the love they have for every child. I felt a sense of relief and I knew LSP was it for us. Since the beginning, the director, has been wonderful and loving to my daughter. The assistant director has been outstanding and she is so upbeat and cheery. We are greeted with a smile and waves at every drop off and pickup by the entire front desk, especially from the wonderful head teacher. Last but not least, the infant teachers, I honestly don't know what I would do without them. They both care so deeply for every child and they are family to us. One of our favorite teachers even came to our daughters first Birthday party and she will always be a part of our daughters life. If you are on the fence, go tour LSP and see just how amazing everyone is for yourself. It is worth every single penny!
Vanessa V.
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We recently had to change schools for our 2 year old. It was an unexpected and last minute situation that was out of our control and we felt a little overwhelmed. Luckily, we found Little Sunshine's on Cardinal and couldn't be happier. I wish we had started our toddler here in the first place! The entire staff is friendly, happy, and patient. The positive energy is contagious and I'm always in a good mood after interacting with the teachers and staff. Our toddler looks forward to going to school, no crying or whining when we drop him off like at his previous school. The optional extracurricular activities are a huge plus in keeping our toddler happy and active. I could go on and on about how thrilled we are that LSP worked with us to give us the opportunity to a part of the LSP families!
Rachal T.
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Going back to work and entrusting your baby with others is not easy. But when you have the friendly, loving, and compassionate staff at LSP on your side, it makes it so much more palatable. We especially adore our child's main teacher who always has a smile and takes such good care of my child!

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