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.
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
Strictly-enforced security putting parents minds at ease
Our Proprietary Reggio Emilia-Inspired Curriculum
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
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.
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!