Preschool in Springfield, MO

Childcare and daycare in Springfield, Missouri

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

Little Sunshine’s Playhouse &Macaroni Kid Family Favorite - 2024 Preschool® of Springfield at Chestnut opened in 2002 and was the first of the four schools in the greater Springfield area. The school is located in the west part of Springfield with close proximity to downtown Springfield.

Our all-inclusive, private preschool program provides educational child care to children ages 6 weeks through pre-kindergarten in the Springfield, Willard, 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.

We no longer take state assistance.

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

It’s all About our Springfield, MO 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 (Chestnut) Leadership Team

Mrs. Stephanie, Program Director of Little Sunshine's Playhouse and Preschool of Springfield at Chestnut

Ms. Stephanie

Program Director

Hello! My name is Stephanie, and I am thrilled to be part of your family’s preschool journey as Program Director at Little Sunshine’s Playhouse and Preschool of Springfield at Chestnut.

My journey with Little Sunshine’s Playhouse began in 2012 when I was hired on as a preschool floater. Shortly after, I was promoted to lead teacher in our infant and toddler classroom. After some time with our infants and toddlers, I was then promoted to head teacher and then became assistant director. In October 2020, I was offered the position as program director.

I have an Associates’s in Early Childhood Education as well as a Bachelor’s in Child and Family Development.

In my spare time, you can find me at the lake, in antique markets, reading a book, or catching up on Netflix shows.

As a parent myself, I understand what a big decision it is to leave your little one in the care of others. I want to assure you that it is my personal mission to provide your family with the best preschool experience that they could have. I look forward to meeting you and welcoming you to our LSP family!

Ms. Allison, Assistant Director

Ms. Allison

Assistant Director

Hello! My name is Allison and I am the Assistant Director at Little Sunshine’s Playhouse and Preschool in Springfield at Chestnut. I started working here in 2018 as a floater teacher. Then, I became an assistant teacher and later a lead teacher for toddlers. In 2020, I was promoted to head teacher.

I have a degree in early childhood education and want to continue to learn more about it. In my free time, I love hanging out with my little family as much as possible. We love going to the zoo and spending time outside. I also enjoy watching new shows on Netflix and reading books.

As a parent myself, I understand how tough it can be to leave your children at preschool. I want to help make it easy for you and your kids. I look forward to getting to know your children!

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.

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What Our Chestnut Families Are Saying

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5 Stars

I can’t recommend Little Sunshine’s enough! The peace of mind with their focus on safety, learning, play, and exploration is wonderful. Communication and updates are frequent, and projects are creative. My daughter’s teachers are so involved in my daughter’s growth and development, and I’m comfortable dropping her off with them each morning, with their consistent care and communication. She’s learned so much with them, and I’m thankful she’s in an environment every day like this.

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5 Stars

Wow! We can’t say enough good things about LSP. Our 18-month-old daughter loves her teachers so much. Through their writings in our daily LuvNotes, I can tell they really love working with her and that makes my heart feel very grateful. She’s also learning a tremendous amount. Lots of sign language and the desire to be more and more independent, so proud of all that she learns in her class. Keep up the fantastic work!

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5 Stars

We absolutely love LSP for both our girls. Every single staff member cares so much about our girls. I have 200% trust that they are taking excellent care of my kiddos. Highly recommend.

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