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University City, MO

Reggio Emilia-Inspired Preschool & Child Care in University City, MO

Little Sunshine’s Playhouse & Preschool® of University City opened in 2014 and was the first of three Little Sunshine’s Playhouse locations in the Saint Louis metro. The school is located in the southwest part of University City off Delmar and 170 across the street from Jilly’s cupcakes.   

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

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LuvNotes®

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. Mary, Program Director of Little Sunshine's Playhouse and Preschool of University City, MO

Mrs. Mary

Program Director

Hello!  My name is Mary, and I am delighted to be your program director at Little Sunshine’s Playhouse of University City.  I have had the privilege of working all across the school with various ages.  

My LSP journey began in August 2014 as an infant assistant teacher, then I ventured to lead a classroom of amazing two-year-olds before becoming a co-lead pre-kindergarten teacher. After my time in pre-k, I oversaw the older preschool classroom as a head teacher.  With this experience, I was thrilled to accept the position to serve the school as an assistant director. When the opportunity became available to step into the role of program director, I was extremely excited to accept.

I earned my bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Lake Forest College and love helping children learn through play.  Creating relationships with families and children, helping students achieve milestones, and watching our little friends grow truly fills my heart with joy.

I enjoy spending spare time with my husband, Matt.  We are avid movie-goers and try our hands at crafting Pinterest finds.

I look forward to meeting you and starting your magical LSP journey.

Mr. Daniel, Assistant Director of Little Sunshine's Playhouse and Preschool of University City

Mr. Daniel

Assistant Program Director

Hello, my name is Daniel. I am so excited to be the assistant director at Little Sunshine’s Playhouse and Preschool of University City. I have worked in the childcare field for over 15 years and have worked for LSP for the last five years. I began as the Sports and Games teacher before being promoted to Head Teacher.

I graduated from Lindenwood University with a Bachelor’s in Educational Studies and English Literature. I also have a Master’s Degree in Creative Writing.

One of the many things that I love about working in this field is watching the children learn to develop their social and emotional skills. Whether that’s taking their first steps, identifying the alphabet, or being able to count to 100, every time a child reaches a milestone is a gift for me to witness. 

I am so excited to continue my LSP journey with this position and am looking forward to serving both you and your families!

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What our Families are Saying

Tana D.
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Little Sunshine’s in University City has been an amazing experience for our entire family. Our little guy had a hard time finding the right school and after just a couple weeks at Little Sunshine’s we knew this was an incredible school that’s main focus is on the children. The structure/routine is fabulous for active little guys who need boundaries and a calm learning environment . The staff is what really makes it a 10 out of 10 for us. The administration feels like family and the teachers well you just want to take them home with you they are so amazing to our son. What a fabulous feeling to know your kids are receiving this level of care while you are at work. My sons current teacher has been our saving grace and loves our little guy like her own. The hard work she puts in everyday is at super hero level. With the addition of new assistant teacher we have the dream team. We feel so lucky to have such a wonderful group. Thanks for everything you do to set our son up for a successful future. We love you Little Sunshine’s Playhouse!! ❤️ 🧡 💛 💚 💙
Katie A.
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Our daughter has been at LSP since 7 months and has been in Sonnybrook the whole time. The teacher is an incredible teacher that really gives our daughter the care and attention she needs. Our daughter is moving to a new classroom soon, and I’m confident she is prepared due to her time in Sonnybrook. The facility is clean and kept up well. The daily Luv notes are wonderful check-ins. We would recommend LSP for your child’s day care needs.
Corn Girl R.
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We love Little Sunshine's Playhouse. It is so difficult each day to leave our little one to go to work but it brings a great deal of comfort to know we are leaving her in good hands. Our daughter's current teacher is one of her amazing teachers. When we drop her off, her teacher is genuinely excited to see our little one and keeps a close eye on her behavior throughout the day. She is loving and affectionate towards our baby and that is everything that I hoped for in looking for a daycare. Our little one truly seems fulfilled by her experiences and family at LSP.
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