Meet Etta Jane Marshall, Founder of Blue Sky Kids! | Morris Bernards Moms



Where are you from originally and how long have you lived in town?
I’m originally from North Caldwell, NJ. I have lived in Basking Ridge for 8 years. Before that, I was in DC, Manhattan, and Brooklyn.

Child(ren) and Age(s)?
Cole – 7, Brantley – 5

One thing people would be surprised to know about you…
I used to work at NASA! I was in Pubic Affairs in the Newsroom (not a rocket scientist), but it is an experience that was life-changing.

Anyone special you’d like to thank for helping you through parenthood?
My own mom was a tremendous influence on me as a working mother who balanced family and career…and worked from home as I do. Currently in parenthood I rely on my most treasured babysitters, with whom I know my kids have more fun than me…and they love them like their own. Without these fantastic women (one a fellow local mom) I most definitely could not get through my week, let alone run a business.

Favorite things to do with your kids?
Go on vacation – the stresses of everyday life get put on the backburner and we can really just enjoy each other’s company. I also like exploring the outdoors with my kids and seeing nature through their little wondrous eyes. My kids also love music, so I enjoy experiencing them experiencing new musicians at a concert or exploring their own passions by singing and playing instruments.

Are you involved in a business venture, a local organization, a creative endeavor, or in the corporate world? Please share!
Yes! Born out of frustration from not being able to help my son learn the Garage Band app, I launched Blue Sky Kids, a unique educational experience that fuels children’s unique passions by connecting them one-on-one with experts. We match 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, Crack the Code and a Younique Custom Series.

How has this community been instrumental in getting you to where you are now?
My whole business concept was created to meet the needs of parents in this community who have curious children and demanding schedules…allowing them to provide engaging, productive learning opportunities for their children in areas that they love…at a time most convenient in their homes. The idea was born out of a need I see constantly in mom communities…where we are all trying to give our kids these opportunities to excel by allowing them to explore their interests. But this is easier said than done most of the time.

To learn more about Blue Sky Kids follow them along on social media!

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