Special Needs

BlueSkies welcomes children and families from all social, economic, racial, and ethnic backgrounds and with a variety of special needs. The individualized, developmental approach to learning in the Children’s Program is appropriate and supportive to many children with special needs, though some children with special needs require a different environment, ratio, and teaching style (particularly those who are overwhelmed by large, busy, socially-focused groups of children). Enrollment for children with special needs is individually evaluated to ensure that BlueSkies can provide the level of support that is needed for each child to thrive.

We collaborate with Dr. Michelle Jurkiewicz, Psy.D., a licensed clinical psychologist. Dr. Jurkiewicz brings many years of experience working with children, and offers early intervention mental health services, family counseling, consultation to teachers, and play therapy on site. You can read more about her here.

In addition, parents can contract with a licensed physical therapist to provide some services, including evaluation, to their children on site at BlueSkies. We also work with multidisciplinary therapists from the Alameda County Regional Center assigned to children with IFSPs and IEPs.


BlueSkies for Children Early Intervention Subsidies

Dr. Michelle Jurkiewicz’s fee is $200 per session.

BlueSkies families who receive a need-based tuition subsidy are eligible to have BlueSkies pay the first $90 of that fee, then are asked to pay between $35-$90 on a sliding scale.

BlueSkies families who pay full tuition are eligible for a subsidy only during the first five Evaluation sessions with Dr. Jurkiewicz. BlueSkies pays $90 for each of the five Evaluation Sessions for full-fee families, with the remaining $90 paid by the family. After that the family pays $200 unless a temporary hardship appeal is approved by a Director, or alternate arrangements have been made with Dr. Jurkiewicz.