Springfield, MO (Chestnut)

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

Little Sunshine’s Playhouse & 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.

Our Leadership Team

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

Mrs. Kelley

Program Director

Hi, LSP Families! I began my career with Little Sunshine’s Playhouse at our Claremont location in April of 2010. After taking a brief break in August of 2019 I have rejoined the LSP family as the program director of our Chestnut location. My passion is enriching the lives around me and building lasting relationships. I look forward to meeting you and partnering together during these most crucial years of learning for your little one.

On a personal note, I have been married to my wonderful husband Matt for almost 5 years. Together we have two children, Amara will be turning 16 this summer and our son Asher (our leap day baby) just turned 4. In our spare time, we love watching the St. Louis and Springfield Cardinals and going to as many games as we can. During NCAA basketball season you will find us cheering for our Kentucky Wildcats and Missouri State Bears. 

As a family we also enjoy camping. Every day is an adventure in our home.

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

Mrs. Danielle

Assistant director

Hello everyone! My name is Danielle. I am so excited to be part of the Leadership Team at Little Sunshine’s Playhouse. I have been in the early childhood field for 11 years, and have learned so much that has contributed to my love and passion for teaching children!

I started with LSP at the Chestnut location in 2014 while I was still working to complete my degree in early childhood education. I obtained my degree in 2016 and enjoyed continuing my career with this wonderful company. After having my second child, I took a short maternity leave and returned to LSP as a head teacher. I have thoroughly enjoyed using my time in that position as an opportunity to learn as much as I can to expand my leadership skills.

I have a wonderful husband, Chris, and we have two children; Emma, who is 7 and a proud LSP graduate, and Isaiah, 8 months old, who currently attends LSP. I also have a rescue fur baby, Sansa. We enjoy spending quality time as a family, whether it is game nights, traveling, or watching movies together.

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

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.”

Explore our Educational Programs​

Our Preschool

What our LSP Families are Saying​

Zachary P.
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I couldn't ask for a more caring center that truly cares about the safety and well being of my son. We have utilized this facility since our previous childcare facility closed unexpectedly almost a year ago. I receive daily updates and even phone phone calls if there is the slightest concern, which definitely puts me at ease. When the school needed to maintain safety during our ongoing health crisis they communicated regularly about changes and new procedures. Obviously children are creatures of habit and when our morning drop-off changed I received multiple phone calls to let me know how my son was adapting. The partnership from the staff is not only much needed but truly appreciated. Hats off to this facility for a job well done!
Claire W.
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My son attended this location from March through this past August, when we had to move unexpectedly. The staff is very compassionate and caring. They take their time to get to know your child and do what's best for them, personally and academically. I cannot say enough good things about the teachers and directors! Though our time with this school was brief, I will never forget all the time, dedication, and love they gave to my son and me. I highly recommend this preschool to anyone in search of a quality daycare! Thank you for everything you've done for all the children, especially my son!
Autumn L.
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Little Sunshine's Playhouse and Preschool on Chestnut is a fantastic school! My son and I have had a string of unfortunate events surrounding childcare. Aside from LSP he has been to 3 childcare centers and an independent babysitter. I could not recommend their facility highly enough. The tuition fee is a bit high for my boyfriend and I to be honest, but not drastically more than any other center, and they do accept state assistance at this location. Not to mention it's beyond worth the money for this kind of peace of mind. The Program Director and Assistant Director are wonderful and all of the teachers are warm and loving. My son learns SO much there and the LuvNotes help me make sure we're elaborating on the same curriculum at home. My son is vegetarian and they are so very accommodating! The chef, is amazing. I bring meat substitutes similar to their meal plan and she prepares his meals along with the other students. It took nearly 2 years to find the perfect fit but after 7 months here I can confidently say we're done looking.

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