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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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

Ms. Candace, Program Director of Little Sunshine's Playhouse and Preschool of University City

Ms. Candace

Program Director

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!

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Our Preschool

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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