Reggio Emilia-Inspired Preschool & Child Care for University City, MO Families
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 University City 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
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 University City, MO Leadership Team
Hello families! My name is Candace, and I am the Program Director at Little Sunshine’s Playhouse and Preschool University City.
I developed my love of early childhood education at a young age and knew that I wanted to make a positive difference in the lives of young children. There is nothing more rewarding to me than seeing a child grow and develop the life skills and academics they need to have a successful educational career.
It has been my privilege to work in early childcare since 2000, serving several families and children in all roles within a school. I was born and raised in St. Louis Missouri (Go Blues and Go Cardinals!). I received my bachelor’s degree in early childhood education from Webster University, and an Associates of Arts in Teaching from STLCC.
My passion for providing quality education, building bonds, and relationships with each of you, as well as setting my team up for success is what drives my work every day. I absolutely enjoy running the day-to-day operations of a preschool and providing premium childcare for our community.
When I am not at school, I enjoy reading, being poolside, dining-out, and spending time with family and friends.
I am excited to have the opportunity to get to know your family and watch your child grow at LSP!
Hi Families of University City and the Greater Saint Louis area! My name is Rachel and I am the Assistant Director at Little Sunshine’s Playhouse and Preschool. I am proud to be a part of the best child care program in our area.
I have been in the early education and daycare field for more than 20 years and I have loved every minute of it. From teaching to mentoring, to directing, and even owning a center of my own; early childhood education is my passion, and I am thrilled to be a part of your child’s unique journey here at Little Sunshine’s.
I was born and raised in Saint Louis, Missouri and attended the University of Missouri-Saint Louis and the University of Central Missouri where I double majored in Early Childhood Education and Elementary Education. I currently reside in Saint Peters, MO where I am raising my two beautiful babies and soaking up all the joys that life has to offer.
I look forward to partnering with you in your child’s time here!
Educational Child Care Programs in University City, MO
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.
Our University City, MO Preschool
What Our University City Families Are Saying
My husband and I cannot say enough good things about our experience at Little Sunshine’s of University City. Our son turned one right as the pandemic began. He was a little behind for his age, and when the opportunity came for him to return to Little Sunshine in June 2020, we were nervous that he would be leaving his infant classroom and moving to the toddler room. However, he grew leaps and bounds right upon starting! We absolutely love their lesson plans, daily art projects and learning, and detailed communication that lets us feel like we are part of his day. They have always been available to discuss any questions we have right away. Most importantly, we truly feel how much they care for our son on a daily basis! I highly recommend LSP!
We have two children at Little Sunshine and have been very happy with the quality of care. The teachers that both of our children have had have been very attentive, loving, kind and professional. We feel comfortable leaving our children in their care each day. They are organized as a whole and do a good job of informing us about our children’s day. We are thankful to have found Little Sunshine!
I would highly recommend Little Sunshine’s Playhouse for your childcare and educational needs. My oldest daughter started when she was 2 and immediately learned so much. Our youngest daughter started when she was just 12weeks, it’s nerve-wracking as a parent to trust others with your children especially so young, but I had no problems with LSP. They took wonderful care of my infant and adapted to her schedule and needs. I could relax and do my best at work knowing they were caring for my baby.