Welcome to Sunshine Kids Day Out & Preschool!

Sunshine Kids offers quality, affordable Christian education for children ages 2-5 years. We offer a complete pre-K program as well as a day out option to meet the needs of any family. Our qualified and experienced classroom teachers are ready to welcome your child into a positive, safe, caring and uplifting learning environment. We are dedicated to providing an environment that educates the whole child, promoting emotional, social, spiritual and intellectual growth.

Our Teachers

Vicki Smith, Director

Ms. Vicki is the director of Sunshine Kids. She has a BS degree in secondary education and biology from SIU-C.  Vicki has over 20 years experience teaching preschoolers. She was a teacher in the two year old class at Sunshine Kids for 4 years before becoming director. Ms. Vicki has been the director for 6 years.

Leigh Sargent, Pre-K Teacher

Ms. Leigh teaches the Butterfly class. She has been teaching preschoolers for over 5 years and is dedicated to making learning fun and hands-on!




Paula Carmichael, Pre-K

Ms. Paula teaches in the Butterfly class.   She has been working with preschoolers for over 20 years in various roles.   She has been at Sunshine Kids for 10 years.




Susan Stubblefield, Two Year Old Teacher

Ms. Susan is a teacher in our Bumblebee class. She has a degree in Business from the University of Illinois and has been teaching preschoolers for over 20 years. Ms. Susan has been with Sunshine Kids for 8 years. Ms. Susan has been a children and youth volunteer at her church for many years. She also volunteers for Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri.

Kasey Bross,  Pre-K Teacher

Ms. Kasey has been with Sunshine Kids for 5 years and has worked in all of our classrooms! Ms. Kasey has also been a volunteer with Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri as a troop leader and cookie manager for many years. She enjoys working with young girls and with our kiddos at Sunshine Kids!!


Marcie Schaefer, 3 Year Old Teacher

Ms. Marcie teaches the 3-year old Dragonfly class and is so happy to be teaching at Sunshine Kids.  She has a 12-year old daughter and has been an active volunteer for many years.  She looks forward to a great future at Sunshine Kids!



Michelle Chartrand, Pre-K Teacher

Ms. Michelle loves teaching Pre-K!  She has a degree in elementary education and has been in the classroom for 7 years.  She has been married for 21 years and has 3 daughters.  Her favorite things are the beach, Bush Stadium, and reading.



Pattie Paluczak, 3 Year Old Teacher

Ms Pattie is one of the best teachers in the world.  She is patient and kind and bakes the best cakes.  She loves teaching at Sunshine Kids and we love having her!



Heather Pummill, 3 Year Old Teacher

Ms Heather has worked in a successful mother’s day out program for several years and it a certified child care provider. She has worked with kids during vacation Bible school and Awana.  She loves teaching kids about the love of Jesus and feels very blessed to be part of the Sunshine Kids family.

Patti Anderson, Pre-K Teacher

Ms. Patti graduated from University of Northern Iowa with a BA.  She has been married for 21 years with 2 teenage daughters.  She has been a stay at home mom for the last 18 years.  She also volunteered in her girls schools and was a teacher/children’s director for a women’s Bible study.  She has loved working at Sunshine Kids for the last year and a half.

Rebecca Lawrence, 3 Year Old Teacher

Ms. Rebecca is so happy to be the new Ladybug Teacher.  She has been working with preschoolers in various roles.  She has held a CDA certificate from the state of Ohio.  She has taught Sunday School and is looking forward to her first year here at Sunshine Kids Preschool.