Blue Skies Exploration Academy

1960 Dominion Way
Colorado Springs, CO 80918

Blue Skies Exploration Academy

1960 Dominion Way, Colorado Springs, CO 80918
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In business since: 2011
Total Employees: 11-50

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Ratings & Reviews

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I can honestly say that Blue Skies was at one point a wonderful center. But since ownership changed (from privately owned to the corporate ELA) the moral and center vibes really took a turn for the worst. At one point they did feed the children organic foods and that's what really sold a lot of parents on the center. They have not informed parents of the changes and had to find out through employees. The blame was put on COVID... we are well past the lack of food and food shortages so then the blame was out on corporate not giving enough funding. Again infuriating as a parent. This is something during the initial tour that really used to set Blue Skies above other centers.
Another complaint is that they move teachers and kids around like crazy... not just during closing or opening hours like they will try to say. The truth is that they get short staffed because most of their best teachers have since quit. And how can you blame them? The directors don't know how to run the business which is probably why the private owner had to sell the business to a corporate. Sell before you go under.
I assume they will try to get my negative review taken down because they have done this in the past. But my hope is that you truly reconsider enrolling your child here because they are going to try to look good at first and give you all the right answers but you'll see as time goes on. I wish you all could have met the teachers that used to be employed, out they were most likely pushed away due to poor management skills..
We are SO happy we chose Blue Skies! They care for our two boys, ages 3 and 4, 3 times a week, and do a wonderful job. The facility is nice and bright and clean, and they really adhere to the Reggio Emilia philosophy (similar to Waldorf). Unlike at the franchise daycare centers, where kids spend the vast majority of the day indoors, the focus here is on social skills, creativity, and lots of outdoor and nature play. They have a greenhouse and garden, and every classroom has access to its own little outdoor courtyard. My boys have tons of fun and tell me all about their day building obstacle courses, petting bunnies, and doing learning crafts. The teachers are also very attentive, and give me a verbal and written report every day. The food is also high quality, and includes the produce they grow in the gardens. If your family values creativity, the outdoors, and believe in the importance of learning through play, then this is the center for you. I highly recommend Blue Skies :)
Mary T
My boys have been going to Blue Skies on and off for about 4 years and we love it! The staff is kind, caring and truely invested in each child. Blue Skies has also been flexible with our family as my husband is in school and we have had to change our schedules on them every semester. They also have a great parents night out program. But best of all, my kids are always excited to go.
Unfortunately this establishment fell very short of the high hopes I had when I encountered friendly staff.. FRIENDLINESS does not make up for UNCLEANLINESS.... As a mom its a terrible feeling entrusting someone with the well being of your child and them falling very short. It took awhile for me to write these reviews as a past client, however I feel as if I would be doing an injustice to parents considering this facility if I didn't. My son was left with feces all over his boy parts during potty training, resulting in me immediately letting the Academy know that I would not be having him return... my account balance at the time was $0. They sent me to collections, for not giving them a 2 week notice. (Thus charging me for 2 weeks) There was no way I was going to take my son back there for 2 seconds let alone 2 weeks. Disappointed. If you are considering here or anywhere for your child, make sure you take the time to do an observation of the classroom first.
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My two grandchildren have attended Blue Skies since it opened under the current owners.
As a former early childhood educator, at the Masters' Level, I have been very pleased every time I have visited this center. The facilities are always very clean, food served is of the highest quality and all staff meet state requirements for their positions.
The owners have put much thought and effort into the curriculum, playground improvements and choice of teachers.
I HIGHLY recommend this center.
Oh, and Ms Pam is always so wonderful!
I would not recommend this facility for the following reasons:

1. Staff turnover: This facility must be a terrible place to work because they cannot keep a staff member in the rooms for more than a month. Every month I was meeting new staff members to take care of my child.

2. Unsafe play areas: The play area is filled with tiny rocks instead of a safe coosh-ey mat and my toddler had several injuries from falling in the rocks, once a minor black eye and a large indentation from where the rock was virtually implanted into his face. When I brought this to the attention of the director they said it was too expensive to put the safer material in. The next month, they built a greenhouse.

3. Unclean, messy, disorganized facility: The facility itself is dirty and run-down. When you walk in, the entrance is surrounded by boxes and things that stay there for months.

4. Pricing: Given the above issues, you would assume that the prices would be lower. They are not. They are the same as the brand new facilities down the street. It is common to have allotted vacation days, but this facility is very scarce with the # of days. You only get 4 a year, because Thanksgiving is considered "one of your vacation days" even thought they are closed. I would recommend going somewhere else for the prices they are charging.
Reply from Blue Skies Exploration Academy
Response from the Owner of Blue Skies:
This review was posted anonymously or on some sites by a "Mary Yoder" we have never had a Mary Yoder as a client but we are 99.9% sure that it was actually a former client who had just been sent to collections for a long overdue bill. She was very angry. She did however, have some interesting points that I would like to address.
#1 Staffing: We have doubled our enrollment and have hired many new wonderful teachers during the time this family was with us. This particular child had the same teacher (Ms. Beth) as his teacher for the entire time he was with us BUT the aides did change. We have very high standards and will not keep an employee on who does not perform well. We also move them to where their talents are best utilized. Since most of our staff has been with us for a long time, we think they are pretty happy.
#2 Play Areas: We do have a pea gravel play surface because the state requires us to have a resilient surface and they recommend pea gravel because it does not compact and become hard. There are hundreds of tons of gravel on the playgrounds with the toddler area being several feet deep. It is not feasible to remove the gravel. The cushy mat type surface is full of very nasty chemicals and the shredded rubber leaves brown rubber dust all over the children which they inhale and ingest. Pea gravel is the healthiest choice as it is entirely natural. We care about the children's health!
Safety is important to us: The child in question learned to walk with us and children do fall a lot as they learn. We have no record of the incident mom cites and that is definitely the sort of thing we would document in our Accident Reports. The toddler playground had a sloped area of asphalt which was steep for the toddlers who were just learning to walk. We removed it and added a huge sandbox in the area. It's wildly popular with the toddlers and a great improvement to the playground.
The child in question did get a bruise on his left eye at approximately 18 months as he pulled himself up using a low shelf and bumped his head next to his eye on the shelf. It was documented and his mother was notified and signed an Accident Report which we have on file. While toddlers frequently bump themselves while learning to walk, we always write up incidents and accidents so parents know what happened. We also have a GREAT new video monitoring service starting in October which will allow us to record everything AN
Rhonda S
I love blue skies. My daughter was at Angels nest since 2010 and then Blue Skies took it over in 2011. I love all the hard work that has been put into it. The code lock entry, the healthy food program, the curriculum, absolutely love the owners and all the teachers and staff. They are always willing to work with our needs with a flexible schedule. My son now goes there also and they both love it.
Zola P
We love Blue Skies! My daughter has been there since December 2011, since they opened and she was about 1 year. The staff is caring and professional - We have loved all of her caregivers. The food is healthy and fresh, and the building is clean and bright. They have a coded-entry on the door and video monitoring for the classrooms. My daughter loves to go there, and even asks enthusiastically if we are going "to Tasha's room" when we are out and about. She especially loves the art projects. I always feel comfortable talking to the staff about my daughter's development and needs - they are knowledgeable and grounded. I have no reservations recommending Blue Skies to anyone!
Jennifer B
This is a center that opened in 2011. It was formerly Angel's Nest. The owners are energetic and excited teachers who are remodeling the center and are upgrading the curriculum and retraining the staff. It's very family focused and open to flexible schedules.
Reply from Blue Skies Exploration Academy
The "About This Program" section is a little off, but we have been open since 2011 and have been growing ever since. We have upgraded the plumbing and toilets and completely gutted the kitchen to create a clean and modern cooking space for our little ones. We have also upgraded the infant room with solid hardwood flooring (nails--no glues to avoid fumes, new cabinetry and brand new cribs. The other rooms have been updated in smaller ways. This summer (2013) we are installing an OUTDOOR CLASSROOM/GARDEN complete with GREENHOUSE AND COMPOST BIN. We are also adding giant sandboxes to the playgrounds at the request of our kiddos who wanted them. We are dedicated to providing the best environment we can for our children. We include HEALTHY FOODS, FRESH FRUITS and VEGETABLES and ORGANICS in our menu!
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