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Little Sunshine's Playhouse to open in Alpharetta

Preschool franchise first of its kind in Georgia

This is a prototype of the Alpharetta location.
The exterior of the preschool will look similar to this.
The classrooms will be centered around the unique curriculum.
Little Sunshine’s Playhouse’s motto is “A child’s work is play.”
Emily and D.J. Fuchs recently broke ground on their Alpharetta location
Emily and D.J. Fuchs first found Little Sunshine’s Playhouse while Emily was pregnant with Bradley.

ALPHARETTA, Ga. — A passion was ignited when Emily and D.J. Fuchs first sent their son, Bradley, to Little Sunshine’s Playhouse and Preschool two years ago while living in Missouri.

“We experienced first-hand the challenges that go into finding a perfect preschool for your family when we were in search of childcare for our son,” Emily said. “There was no doubt in our mind, after touring many of the local options, that Little Sunshine’s Playhouse was our perfect fit.”

The couple developed a close relationship with the facility director in St. Louis. Then later they met the company founder Rochette Dahler and were given the opportunity to open a new location in Alpharetta at 12385 Morris Road. They are hoping to open by fall, depending on construction.

“As parents of a kiddo in the program, we knew the school was special,” D.J. said. “But it wasn’t until we had the opportunity to sit down with Rochette that we realized how inspirational this life decision would be. I know it sounds cliche, but from the top down each and every person in the organization is treated like a member of an extended family.”

The entire process was transparent, D.J. said, and the couple was given the opportunity to meet with other families similar to them that had made the decision to spread the LSP philosophy in other U.S. markets.

It did not take the pair long to realize that “this was going to be a perfect match.”

That was a little over a year ago, and since that time they have gone through a comprehensive search, focusing their efforts on finding a city that shared the same passion and optimism as Little Sunshine.

Emily said they know they found it in “Awesome Alpharetta.” But Emily also said the family wanted to choose a location where they could ultimately move to.

After visiting Atlanta, the couple knew this was the place for them.

“The charm and pride that the region displays are contagious,” D.J. said. “We’ve always been attracted to that. There were a couple other large metro areas we were evaluating, but after spending time in Atlanta, we were sold. The city has so much to offer and is really the capital of the South.”

The residential population of Alpharetta was a plus, as well as the “high concentration of families who were in need of our services.” The large number of businesses also played a huge part in deciding to pick this city.

Having experienced Little Sunshine from the parent’s perspective, Emily said her family’s business outlook is unique. The reasons the Fuchs ultimately chose Little Sunshine for their son were many, but include the school’s proprietary curriculum, called Creatively Shine. It is a Reggio Emilia-influenced curriculum that focuses on the whole child concept of developing cognitive, social, emotional, physical and language skills.

Little Sunshine also has distinctive services that set the facility apart, including:

• “Kiddie Cams”

• “LuvNotes”

• Red Carpet Service

• Menu planning

• Enrichment activities, including: dance, soccer, Yoga, sign and foreign language

All of these are included in the tuition, D.J. said.

“Another differentiator for our family was the environment,” Emily said. “From the design of the facility to the teachers, with whom we developed extremely close relationships, the environment really felt like Bradley was going to his ‘home away from home’ every day.”

Now the Fuchs are hoping to ensure other families in Alpharetta have a similar experience.

“We couldn’t think of a more rewarding way to dedicate our lives than having a positive impact on the children that attend our school and the families we hope to touch,” D.J. said.

For information on Little Sunshine Playhouse, visit or call 770-545-6160.

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