About BlueSkies for Children
BlueSkies is committed to providing high-quality support to children and their families, ensuring that parents can focus on their jobs knowing that their children are experiencing healthy days of balanced play, nurturing, and learning.
BlueSkies, a private, nonprofit 501(c)3 program founded in 1983, is the only NAEYC-accredited childcare center in Oakland. The National Association for the Education of Young Children has been a national program for the accreditation of Early Education programs for 30 years.
There is a direct correlation between high-quality early learning and children’s positive long-term outcomes in life, including increased educational attainment, healthier lifestyles, and more successful careers. NAEYC accreditation helps teachers and other staff in early learning programs develop a shared understanding of and commitment to quality. The accreditation process leads to increased staff morale, greater staff retention, and a more positive, energetic work atmosphere overall—enabling centers to provide a solid foundation for all children’s success in life.
NAEYC accreditation also helps families recognize quality early learning programs, and to feel comfortable knowing that their children are receiving a high-quality, research-based education that will prepare them for future success. NAEYC accreditation offers programs access to continuous quality-improvement, the latest research on best practices, training, technical assistance, and visibility on family-focused search engines.
BlueSkies for Children has been accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children since 2005.
The mission of BlueSkies is to practice and teach an optimal approach to education and care of young children based on the interrelated disciplines of human development. Such an approach sustains and supports today’s children and families and provides an educational center for caregivers and the community.
The history of the organization began years before official incorporation, when the founder ran a center in East Oakland caring primarily for the children of young teen mothers in residence. The center served babies starting life in the most fragile circumstances, lacking financial resources and institutionalized with their teen mothers who needed to learn parenting skills. During the founder’s six-year tenure she developed the philosophical foundation of BlueSkies, blending the nurturing of home with the enrichment of preschool. The program, developed for an extremely underprivileged population and now in place at BlueSkies for children from varied socioeconomic backgrounds, proves that all children thrive when they are given respectful, developmental support by educated, caring adults in a healthy environment.
Philosophy in action
(Based on FY 18/19)
Children and Families
Average number of children enrolled each month
Average number of hours enrolled per week
- Families w/reduced tuition 20% 20%
- Children of Color 54% 54%
- Families living in Oakland 82% 82%
Teachers and Staff
Average number of employees
Teacher Turnover Rate
Employees at BlueSkies more than 5 years
People of color
Hold MA or BA degree