From the Director:
Caring for Infants, Toddlers and Pre-schoolers, Blueskies for Children programs for children are all based on principles of respect: respect for the child's unfolding growth process, respect for the child's individual temperament, respect for proven principles of child development and respect for the needs of an individual as part of society. This respectful approach to the care of young children is demonstrated through six age-appropriate classroom and yard spaces, educated and thoughtful caregivers, nutritious meals and snacks, quiet naps and rest time, and facilitated play with other children. Balanced attention is provided for all areas of the child's development - physical, social, emotional and cognitive - to support and challenge each one to develop the self-esteem and social awareness that will inform all future human interaction and educational endeavors. The Hedco Infant Toddler Center includes programs for children under 2?; classrooms for the older children are in the Ellen Sherwood Nursery School. Offering care over a 5-year age span allows a rare level of consistency for children, with the learning in each developmental classroom building on what came before and supporting what comes next. BlueSkies families become part of a community where the children know each other like siblings, the teachers build special connections to the family, and ultimately families build bonds to other families that last far beyond BlueSkies. BlueSkies values and celebrates diversity by creating a community from families of varying racial and cultural groups, religious beliefs, physical abilities and socio-economic and alternative backgrounds.