The newest facility for Springfield-based preschool and early child care operator Little Sunshine’s Enterprises Inc. is open in Ozark.
The 9,000-square-foot preschool at 4801 N. Town Centre Drive opened Nov. 7, said Kelly Yust, director of marketing for the company, which does business as Little Sunshine’s Playhouse and Preschool. It’s a new Ozark home for Little Sunshine’s, which previously had operated its school in town at 4910 N. 21st St. since 2005. The newly constructed building is more than twice the size of the former school’s 3,576 square feet, Yust said, declining to disclose the project cost.
“It has always been a priority to serve the growing number of families in the Ozark area,” CEO Brett Roubal said in a news release. “We believe children deserve access to high quality educational care and are committed to providing that for families in Ozark and throughout the U.S.”
The new all-inclusive preschool serves roughly 120 students at full capacity and features outdoor playgrounds with custom-built playhouses, water features, shade structures and tricycle paths, according to the release.
“We are so excited to be able to open a bigger center to offer the magical home away from home so many families in the area have come to know,” said Tonya Wells, program director, in the release.
Ross Construction Group LLC was general contractor for the project designed by Buxton Kubik Dodd Design Collective, according to past reporting.
Yust said the company plans to sell its former school building but has no current timetable in place. She said Little Sunshine’s has 30 schools open in 10 states, adding four more are under construction. One of those future school locations is in Omaha, Nebraska, which will mark the 11th state for the company, she said.
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