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 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!
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!