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Our Mission

BlueSkies for Children has, from its inception, considered its mission to have three parts:

  • High quality early childhood experiences for children in full-day care,
  • Comprehensive support for parents who are working and raising young children, and
  • Education and support for the teachers who are providing these services to children and families.

The quality of a child’s experience in an early childhood setting depends entirely on the ability of the teacher to provide age-appropriate experiences within the context of an authentic, caring, and compassionate relationship. BlueSkies can influence the quality of care for hundreds of young children by supporting teachers who work in many early childhood settings, while it can only serve about one hundred children per year directly on its site. This is why the third piece of the mission has always been teacher education programs through a variety of different delivery systems.

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Snapshot in the Schoolroom – Guidance

It is 11:00 and the Schoolroom children have been playing both in the classroom and in the yard since 9:00. A gentle winding down is beginning the slow transition to story time, lunch and nap. Watching, I can feel the children’s play becoming less vigorous; the...
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Holiday Pleasures

One of the great pleasures of parenthood is sharing our holiday traditions with the next generation… but working parents today need to start with a dose of reality.  Perhaps our own memories of those traditions came out of a very different family structure, or from...
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How to Give Meaningful Gifts to Young Children

As we approach the holidays, buying gifts for young children often becomes part of the fun of the season. This article offers information about how and why children play, and what equipment facilitates the creative play process for children at different ages. Through...
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Daycare, a Refuge in the Holidays

Parents and teachers are eager to share cultural traditions with children – sometimes so eager that children end up with lots of disassociated ideas floating in their heads which they try hard to assimilate into their construct of the world. I fondly remember a...
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For Parents and Educators

Holiday Pleasures

One of the great pleasures of parenthood is sharing our holiday traditions with the next generation… but working parents today need to start with a dose of reality.  Perhaps our own memories of those traditions came out of a very different family structure, or from...
Read More

How to Give Meaningful Gifts to Young Children

As we approach the holidays, buying gifts for young children often becomes part of the fun of the season. This article offers information about how and why children play, and what equipment facilitates the creative play process for children at different ages. Through...
Read More

Daycare, a Refuge in the Holidays

Parents and teachers are eager to share cultural traditions with children – sometimes so eager that children end up with lots of disassociated ideas floating in their heads which they try hard to assimilate into their construct of the world. I fondly remember a...
Read More

Snapshot in the Playroom – Learning how to move

Janelle is 6 months old, doing just what a baby her age should be doing—pushing up, kicking, not quite mobile yet but definitely getting the idea. Today she is lying near a low round basket with a few balls in it; as she haphazardly bumps it with one hand it rocks and...
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Banner April 2017 – Art and its auxiliary attributes

A quality education, by definition, enriches and expands thought processes beyond predictable, concrete memorization and reasoning into the abstract, creative realms, thus expanding knowledge and enriching one’s overall life experience. For example, bilingual people...
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Adult Education History

In 1987 new licensing regulations required classes in Infant Toddler Development for teachers of children under 3, but few such classes existed.  BlueSkies (then known as Association of Children’s Services, or AOCS) received grants from the Clorox and Irvine foundations to create and teach Infant Toddler Care and Development classes on site. From 1987-2002 the Neighborhood Accreditation Center (NAC) allowed more than 3,000 center teachers and home providers to complete all their required classes for teacher licensing from the state, with accreditation through California State University of the East Bay Extended Education. Entry level classes were also taught in partnership with the City of Oakland Senior Asset program, certifying older citizens to start a new career in child care.

If you took NAC classes and need transcripts, contact Cal State East Bay 

Subsequent adult education has been offered through programs such as the Working With Play series, as funding permits. In this program, the entire teaching and program staff of eight child care centers attended full day workshops at BlueSkies to learn more about teaching through the children’s play. During the following 3 months, the centers received on-site coaching from a mentor teacher who helped them arrange their classrooms and yards, and teach the routines, that would allow the children to be more self-directed in their play.