Early Childhood Center

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At Heavenly Host Lutheran Early Childhood Center children engage in hands-on, developmentally appropriate activities in a Christ-centered environment. The goal of the Early Childhood Center is to help each child reach their highest potential in five ways: Spiritual, Intellectual, Social, Emotional, and Physical. We encourage learning and playing while exploring God’s world!


Interested in enrolling your child at Heavenly Host? That's great! Please know that we typically have a waitlist for our classrooms. Call today to check on current availability and for more information about enrolling your child in our Early Childhood Center: (931) 520-3766.

We look forward to visiting with you! 

Early Childhood Center Board

Serving on the ECC Board:

Melanie Mateyka (Chairperson), Deborah Smith (Recording Secretary), Peter Bice, Melinda Huffman, and Sharon Martin.

Ex-officio board members are:

Melissa Brock (Director), and DCE Emily Leising.

ECC Director

Serving as our Early Childhood Center Director:

Melissa Brock, ECC Director

Employment Opportunities

Know of someone who has a heart for working with children and loves Jesus that might be interested in joining our ECC team? Encourage them to give us a call to learn more about available positions. Call the ECC office (931-520-3766) and ask to speak with our ECC Director, Melissa Brock.

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Our Story

Heavenly Host Lutheran School (HHLS) was created as a ministry arm of Heavenly Host Lutheran Church in 1993. Beginning with a single preschool class, HHLS continued to grow and flourish as a Christian Early Childhood Center. Additional classes and staff were added progressively over the years. The school grew to include grades K-8 in addition to the preschool and early childhood classes. For the 2021–2022 school year, HHLS also provided education for several students in 9th-12th grade (online/in-person hybrid). 

Significant changes came in the fall of 2022 when the decision was made to close the school (the K-12 program). Many factors (very low enrollment, etc.) went into this difficult and prayerful decision making process. We thank God for the privilege and blessing of providing a Christian education for many students and families over the years.

Today Heavenly Host serves 90+ children from the Cookeville and surrounding communities through our early childhood program for infants through PK4/5.

The mission of Heavenly Host Lutheran Early Childhood Center is to minister to children’s spiritual, emotional, social,  academic, and physical needs through our loving environment and the sharing of God’s Word each day.

Heavenly Host Lutheran Early Childhood Center (ECC) is owned and operated by Heavenly Host Lutheran Church (HHLC) as an outreach ministry and auxiliary of the church. The ECC operates under the direct supervision of the ECC Board (comprised of church members and the ECC director), and ultimately under the jurisdiction and direction of the HHLC Council and the HHLC Voters Assembly as otherwise directed within its constitution and bylaws. The ECC operates as a non-profit and ministry of Heavenly Host Lutheran Church. Our child care licensing and staff training is through the state of Tennessee Department of Human Services (DHS).

Need to request records for your student that attended HEAVENLY HOST LUTHERAN SCHOOL K-12?

Please contact: Putnam School District: Student Services Admissions & Enrollment Supervisor (call 931-526-9777). Their office is located at 1400 E Spring St, Cookeville TN 38506.