We have been a family owned and operated childcare and learning center for over 11 years. At Bright Ideas, we are a committed partner in building your child's development and educational foundation. We would love to meet you and your family!
Bright Ideas Childcare offers childcare for children 6 weeks to 12 years. Our programs are designed to fit the individual needs of each stage of development.
We provide infant care to those babies that are 6 weeks of age until they are at least 12 months of age. Our staff of child care specialists provide a nurturing environment for infants to lean fundamental skills.
We offer a balance of nurturing, playtime, and learning throughout the day. This is a period of rapid growth and development. We provide an environment with plenty of fun activity to stimulate both.
We believe in a an emotional, social and intellectual approach to learning fundamentals such as language, writing, dramatic play and circle time. Your preschooler's day will be filled with lots of fun hands-on activities that will start to prepare them for kindergarten.
School Age Program
Fun and learning continues before and after school. When your child is out of school for intersession or breaks, we offer an action packed program that will keep your child entertained.
We provide infant care to those infants that are 6 weeks of age until they are at least 12 month of age and walking steadily on their feet. We believe that warm responsive care is crucial for your infant’s healthy development. Our childcare specialists provide a nurturing environment for infants to learn fundamental skills of communication and fine motor skills that are essential to their development. Parents must provide at least 5 diapers per day for a full day, at least 3 bottles that you can leave for us to wash and sanitize and two changes of clothing. Bright ideas provides a lipil formula and a soy formula, baby food and wipes. Parents must provide any specialized formula such as Gentle Ease, specialized food or special wipes. Bright Ideas is completely supportive of breast feeding moms and cloth diapers.
This is a period of rapid growth and development. toddlers thrive on gross motor activity and language development. We provide an environment with plenty of fun activities and language development. At the end of each day, we will give you a complete record of your child’s activities, including naps, eating and diapering. Parents will need to provide diapers and extra clothes. Bright Ideas provides sippy cups and wipes. Children are just starting to realize that there is a world that exists beyond themselves, and they want to explore every square inch! We stimulate this sense of discovery by providing a colorful educational environment. Their days are filled with stories, songs, physical activities and of course, potty training. Parents are required to bring diapers or pull ups, sippy cups and a lot of extra clothes. Teachers and directors will assess potty training readiness. When children are ready to potty-train, parents must sign a potty-training contract in order to commence potty training. Teachers will train no more than 4 children per teacher. As outlined in the potty training contract, parents must agree to go completely without diapers at the start of training with the exception of a night diaper. Parents not in compliance with the contract will be put on the bottom of the parent request list. We have two different classes for toddlers ages one and two.
Your preschooler’s day will be filled with lost of fun hands-on activities that will start to prepare them for kindergarten. We believe in an emotional, social and intellectual approach to learning fundamentals such as language, writing, dramatic play and circle time. Children must be completely potty trained before entering our preschool programs. Parents must provide an extra set of clothes, as accidents do happen. We have two different classes for Preschool ages 3 and 4.
Fun and learning continues before and after school. We provide a less formal environment for your child’s learning. Each day after school students will have a snack and complete their homework assignments at our homework stations, unless otherwise stated by parents. School Agers have their choice of one of the computers, games or art work. They will also have outdoor activities and organized playtime. When you child is out of school for intersession or breaks, we offer an action packed program that will keep your child entertained. Parents are encouraged to provide an extra set of clothes.
M-TH 6:00AM- 6:30PM
F 6:00AM - 6:00PM
Please note these are full time rates. Please call for part time or daily rates.
Before & After
Beth Brantley- Daniels. (Owner)
Hi, I am Beth Brantley-Daniels, I am the founder and owner of Bright Ideas Childcare and Learning Center. I am also the mother of 8 children, 4 girls and 4 boys. I have always envisioned Bright Ideas to be an extension of family and community to help build the foundation of children. Bright Ideas Childcare and Learning Center opened May 1, 2000. We opened the Tempe location November 1, 2006. The Broadway location has a new owner but is still managed by my mother, the beloved Ms. Penny and the Tempe Center is a thriving location where my wonderful staff, including my children Will, Helle and Peter spend our days helping children grow, learn, love and laugh! Please do not hesitate to contact me directly to tour the center or ask any questions.
Rodica Eftimescu Cheatham (Directors)
My name is Rodica Eftimescu Cheatham. I am one of the directors at Bright Ideas Childcare and Learning Center. I am lucky to work with a great team of people! Working in this field is a challenge for everyone. I was a preschool teacher for a few years before and I loved it. I learned that children will show us what and how we need to teach.I was born and raised in Romania (S-E of Europe). I am coming from a small family. My parents and brother still live there. Before I came to the United States I completed three years at Babes- Bolyai University from Transylvania. I took violin classes for almost 4 years and played professional volleyball for nine years. I am a very open person. I love to interact with children and adults. I am always there to help when I can. Early childcare educators have the hardest and the greatest job. Being able to set a good foundation for the future for the children is rewarding!
William Brantley (Financial Directors)
I’m William Brantley. I was born in Denmark. I spent the first three years of my life there until my parents decided to move to United States. I come from a large family; I have 4 brothers and sisters. In my spare time, my favorite thing to do is biking. I am 21 years old and going to school for business and finance. I am currently one of the directors, and I really enjoy what I do. Every day here is a challenge. Every day is a new learning experience for me. I am thankful for the opportunity to share and watch your children grow. I am also thankful for having a great team to work with and a lot of amazing parents here at Bright Ideas. The biggest thing that I learned from my family is helping others. I am always open to answer any questions or concerns you might have.
Rebekah Castandeda (Assistant Director)
My name is Rebekah Castandeda and I have been with Bright Ideas since February of 2012. The children and parents have made it such a joy to come to “work” everyday! I spent the first year and a half at Bright Ideas with the Infants and have recently stared my new position learning how things work at the front desk becoming an assistant director. I grew up in Palm springs CA, where I graduated from College of the Desert and later worked as an EMT. I moved to Phoenix in 2007 and fell in love with my fiancé who is a detective for the Salt River Police Department. We have 2 beautiful boys who fill up all my free time! A fun fact about me, I currently hold licenses as an EMT, Phlebotomist, and an Esthetician. I love trying new things especially food. In my spare time you can find me building Lego sets with my 5 year old or running after my 19 month old.
Miss Bethany (Infant Room Lead Teacher)
Hi, my name is Bethany and I am the lead Infants’ Teacher at Bright Ideas. I was born and raised in Phoenix and attend Arizona State University studying sociology. I have been working at Bright Ideas sense November of 2008. Before working at Bright Ideas, I worked for 2 years at a private Montessori school and childcare located in the West Valley of Phoenix. I have worked with children at a variety of ages and developmental stages. Growing up as the oldest of five children, I was always around children of different ages. In addition, I was able to fully participate in the care of my youngest brothers, from infanthood. Although I have no children of my own, I have a passion for working with children, particularly the infants and toddlers. I enjoy watching the babies at Bright Ideas learn how to walk and talk. I count taking care of your children as one of the most rewarding life experiences and I feel grateful that you all given me the privilege of working with them.
Miss Jenilee (One's Room Lead Teacher)
My name is Jenilee D. and I am a Leads one teacher for Bright Ideas. I am originally from Burbank California where I work with autistic children for the local School district. I have a loving younger sister who also proudly works in childcare. I moved to Arizona in 2011 and became a part of the Bright Ideas team in April of 2012. I love to see the children go through their many stages in life watching them achieve their many milestones. Some interesting facts about me are that I love to cook and attend sporting events.
Miss Ryann (One's Room Lead Teacher)
Hello. My name is Miss Ryann and I am on of the One’s Lead Teachers. I have worked with Bright Ideas since February 2013. Before I moved to Arizona I attended a small college in my hometown of Spencer, Iowa where I received my Associates degree in Business Management. I have been working with children for about 10 years. My sister owns a daycare in Iowa and I worked with her as well as a local Italian restaurant called La Chiesa. At La Chiesa I knew and worked all the positions of the front of the house, including Management. I will be going back to school this fall for early childhood education at MCC. I have always loved working with children. I love seeing how they still have their sense of wonder. I am lucky to be apart of the Bright Ideas team!
Miss Kristy (One's Room Assistant Teacher)
Hello, my name is Kristy Lee. I am a mother of three children and am currently pregnant with my fourth. I am from Mesa, AZ and moving to the valley in 2005 to purse a higher education at ASU. I have nearly 10 years of experience working in the childcare field. I've been a floater, teacher assistant, lead teacher, on-site director and Kindergarten teacher. I have experience working with infants thru school-age children. I am currently an Infant teacher at Bright Ideas; I have been with the company sense march of 2013. I love being able to care for these children at such a young and fragile age and watch how their personalities, strengths and physical development grow each day. Being able to witness these accomplishments are gratifying. My youngest also attends the before and after school program at Bright Ideas. She loves all the teachers and loving environment Bright Ideas provides to her daily. As a parent, am satisfied with the loving care and support the teachers provide her, including the safe transportation to and from school and nutritious meals. I hope to share part of my experience and provide a warm welcome of Bright Ideas to you.
Miss Crista (Two's Room Lead Teacher)
My name is Crista Jackson. I am the Two's Teacher. I began working at Bright Ideas in August 2013. I have enjoyed every second that I have spent here. As the Two's teacher I get to watch my students progress from baby-babble and diapers into potty-trained children who are fully capable of verbal articulation. I plan to obtain my MFA in poetry in order to teach creative writing at the university level. For fun I train Muay Thai, boxing, Jiu Jitsu and grappling. I enjoy spending time outdoors, whether it be camping in a forest or running a lengthy trail path.
Miss Caroline (Two's Room Assistant Teacher)
Hello, my name is Caroline, I am an assistant teacher in the two’s room. I have been working at Bright Ideas sense January of 2012. Working for Bright Ideas has completely motivated my enthusiasm towards pursuing my degree in Elementary and Bilingual/ESL education. I am currently studying at Arizona State University’s Fulton school of Education. I am an out of stat student but Bright Ideas definitely makes Arizona feel like home. I truly admire the children and staff that I work with. On a personal note I love painting, drawing, signing, listening to music, learning new things, and most of all I love to smile. I’ll leave you with a quote that I identify myself with, “Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You.” – Dr. Seuss.
Miss Kim (Three's Room Lead Teacher)
Hi, my name is Miss Kimmy and I was born and raised here in Arizona, I started working at Bright Ideas in November of 2008. I am the lead preschool teacher for the 3’s class. I absolutely love my job and my class! I like to think outside of the box and challenge my kids. You can usually find me rolling on the floor with my kids or getting my hands dirty without many creative activities we do each day. We do follow a pretty strict daily schedule but definitely can be flexible when things come up! That moment when everything clicks and makes sense is awesome! Outside of work I like to travel and thrill-seek. My next adventure will take me to San Diego to run with the bulls! I hope I come back in one piece, wish me luck!
Mrs. Jessica (Four's Room Lead Teacher)
Hello, my name is Jessica Moss. I am the morning fours teacher at Bright Ideas. I have the great pleasure of working with Miss Molly and the best class that I could ask for. I have been happily married for 8 years and have two beautiful children ages 7 and 5. My husband was a medic in the U.S. Army and is now pursing a degree in secondary education specializing in physical education. I am currently pursuing my bachelors in early childhood development and intend to continue on for my masters in special education. I truly enjoy working with children because there are incredibly bright and innocent and hold so much potential. I look forward to a long continued career working with our future generations.
Miss Molly (4's Room Lead Teacher)
Mt name is Molly. I teach the 4’s room. I moved to Arizona from Louisville KY about a year and a half ago. A week later I started working at a cool place called Bright Ideas. I have a degree in Elementary. I love working with the 4’s here at Bright Ideas because every day is a new and exciting day. My kids provide me with so many laughs and a great deal of joy.
Miss AJ (Assistant Teacher)
My name is AJ, and I am currently a floater at Bright Ideas. I started working for Bright Ideas in May of 2013. I will be graduating in May 2014 with a degree in Special Education and then will go on to pursue a master’s degree in Speech Pathology in the fall. During the summers I coach a kids recreational swim team. I have always loved working with kids and education is my passion. At Bright Ideas I have the wonderful opportunity to work in all of the classrooms from infants to school agers. This has given me the chance to get to know every child at the center and build incredible relationships with all of the teachers. I love the unique dynamic that each room has. Bright Ideas is such a wonderful environment for kids and I am so happy to be a part of helping children grow and learn through all stages of their development.
Mr. Kevin (Cook)
Hi, my name is Kevin; I have been with Bright Ideas sense 2009. I am originally from Saint Louis Missouri and moved to Arizona for a change of pace. Bright Ideas has become my second home. I am responsible for all back end duties at Bright Ideas including managing our kitchen, cooking, bus runs, and menu management. As our Financial Director likes to put it, I am the backbone of Bright Ideas Tempe. I truly love my job; everyday seems to be new and exciting. I enjoy coming up with fun and innovative menu ideas that are healthy yet kid friendly enough that they will eat. On my spare time I like relax at home, enjoy working with my hands on my car as well as help others with theirs.
disclaimer:pricing and availability subject to change.
Welcome to Bright Ideas Childcare and Learning Center. At Bright Ideas, we are a committed partner in building your children’s development and educational foundation. We are dedicated to providing a fun educational environment where children can learn and develop through creative hands-on-activities.
Our staff at Bright Ideas understands that choosing a childcare provider is one of the most difficult decisions parents have to make. We want to make this stressful transition as comfortable as possible. We would be happy to address any questions or concerns that you may have.
Our classrooms are designed to allow you childs hands on experience for learning. Bright Ideas believes in a “centers” approach to early education. Our programs are structured to provide each age group with age appropriate curriculum for fundamental learning.