Child Care Philosophy
It wasn’t until the end of a six-month maternity leave that Casey Kennedy, Owner of Bloom Academy, was faced with what she now knows as the most life changing decision she would ever make.
"Where will my own son go to school?"
After looking at her options, she knew she had found her place in the community. It became her mission to create a preschool that would meet the needs of her generation of millennial moms, a place where parents could leave their children and be rest-assured that they were getting the best care, in the best environment, in a place that could be their home away from home.
It was only a couple of months after her son’s first birthday, that the doors were opened on April 30, 2012, to the very first Bloom Academy in Punta Gorda.
Within 1 year, the first Bloom location was bursting at the seams with love (& children).
A few years later, in January of 2018, our second location in Babcock Ranch was opened and was also bursting at the seams with love (& children), very quickly.
In early 2022, our team was given the opportunity to open a third location, Harborside in Port Charlotte. In the midst of opening Harborside, Casey also acquired a fourth location, East Town.
Bloom has become the early child care leader in Southwest Florida, our goal is to become the leader in high quality child care in the entire state of Florida, while also becoming the BEST employer in the industry for early childhood leaders and educators looking for growth within the field. We strive to provide growth from within, allowing our team members to thrive RIGHT here!
Our Mission and Core Values are at the Foundation of Everything We Do
At Bloom Academy, our mission is to exceed expectations and provide a high-quality child care experience to students, parents and early childhood educators. We are committed to fostering strong relationships, loyalty, and trust within our community. Our goal is to create an aesthetically appealing and nurturing environment that promotes continuous growth for our staff and students. We strive to empower our students, preparing them to become confident and prepared individuals.
ROOTED TOGETHER -
Fostering loyalty and trust forms our foundation. Just as tree roots anchor and interconnect, loyalty nourishes while trust flourishes. Through shared learning and play, our preschool creates enduring bonds and togetherness that lasts.
CULTIVATING INDEPENDENCE -
We cultivate the spirit of self-drive and self-sufficiency staff, students and families. We celebrate the courage to try, even if it means failing sometimes, and we embrace feedback as a pathway for success.
RADIANT CONNECTION -
We nurture an environment where love, care, and happiness create radiant connections among our staff, families, and students. Together, we form a community that shines with positivity and shared joy.
BLOSSOMING GROWTH -
We embrace the journey of learning and growth every day. We persistently strive to enhance the achievements of our students and staff, blooming a community where progress is a shared endeavor.
Children are provided with all wholesome snacks with a focus on healthy and nutritious options, avoiding processed meats, etc.
Low teacher to child ratios.
Bloom has partnered with Mama Bear & other companies to supply all natural diapers, wipes, creams, sunscreen, bug spray, etc.
Infants in care are supplied with organic formula and baby foods, while preschoolers are served organic meals & snacks.
A crew of cleaning fairies visits the school each night to clean & sanitize with earth friendly, plant and vinegar-based products, along with chlorine free bleach - followed by fogging with our Net-Zero fogging machine.
We are a FAMILY!
We provide a team approach to child care; parents are a BIG part of the process.
Lead teachers have Florida Child Care Professional Credential.