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Ali Knieling, Director

1160 Perimeter Drive

Cookeville, Tennessee 38501


Childcare Hours

Open 6:30 a.m. to  6:00 p.m.
Monday to Friday
Ages 6 weeks to school age

Looking for the Best Childcare in Cookeville, Tennessee?

Bright Ideas Enrichment Center (formerly Lighthouse Learning Academy) is committed to providing a safe, loving, and nurturing environment for children.  Our team of childcare professionals are dedicated to offering a comprehensive early care and educational experience that encourages students to grow socially, emotionally, physically, and cognitively. 


Our early childhood program provides each child with opportunities to build self-esteem that is essential in adjusting, exploring, and growing stages of child development. We believe it is important to establish cooperative relationships with parents and families. We encourage and foster positive parent/teacher relationships that support children in their development.


"Finally, A Good Daycare Near Me!"

We understand that convenience is important to Cookeville Tennessee area families—driving out of the way for quality childcare makes a much longer commute to work each day. That's why we located our amazing childcare center located off of Perimeter Drive in Putnam County!  Families seeking daycare in ZIP codes 38501, 38506, 38502, 38503, and 38505 find us to be a perfect fit.

Meet Our Director

My name is Ali Knieling and I was born in Kansas, but call Cookeville my home! After graduating from ETSU in 2015, with a Bachelor’s in Exercise Science, I moved back here and was lucky enough to join the Lighthouse family.


I enjoy spending time with my family, anything outdoors and road trips too! I have had the joy of working in childcare as an Assistant Teacher, Lead Teacher for toddlers, and a Pre-K Teacher before becoming the Assistant Director of Lighthouse.


With my 8+ years of childcare experience, I have learned so much and cannot wait to continue learning and growing with your children!

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