What happens when a mom wants to help her kids but can’t find a solution? She creates one! Born out of frustration from not being able to help her son learn–or find someone to teach him–the GarageBand app, mom, former gifted elementary school teacher and Basking Ridge resident Etta Marshall knew there was an opportunity to help kids explore their passions. She launched Blue Sky Kids, a unique company that fuels children’s unique passions by connecting them one-on-one with experts.
Blue Sky Kids matches each child up with an expert in their field to provide a series of eight weekly one-on-one sessions designed especially for the child’s interests, level and goals. Each session satisfies a child’s aspiration to develop a new interest or to expand an existing skill. Session offerings take place in the comfort of the child’s home and include: Rove into Robotics, Namaste Yoga, Blossoming Blogger, Checkmate Chess, Book Worms, Beaker Seekers, Game Changers, Magic & Juggling, Budget Buddy, Phuture Philosopher, Foodie Fun, Launch into Rocketry, Sew You, Crack the Code and a Younique Custom Series – if you don’t see what you like, just ASK!
“We all want our kids to soar and realize their dreams,” Marshall explains. “Encouraging children to pursue their interests comes with a host of benefits. However, we recognize that every child is different. At Blue Sky Kids, we wanted to create a program that wasn’t cookie cutter, but rather took into account each child’s personal passions. As I like to say, everything at Blue Sky Kids is ‘younique!’”
Blue Sky experts are among the best in their field and come from a variety of backgrounds. Many have spent years developing an expertise in an area that others only dream of breaking into and would like to pass on what they have learned to enthusiastic kids that want to follow in their footsteps. Marshall works directly with each expert to develop high-quality, customized content to meet each child’s different goals. All experts are meticulously vetted and screened, having undergone background checks, fingerprinting, in-person interviews, and extensive reference checks.
Benefits to children from Blue Sky Kids series are extensive. Sessions provide valuable, realistic, hands-on experiences, through working with actual experts in the field. Children also show increased self-esteem and develop valuable relationships with role models. Expertise from the sessions can even help on future college applications, as unique interests and dedication from a young age make children soar above their peers. And of course, one of the most critical benefits of all — having fun!
Visit the Blue Sky Kids website to learn more!