Early Childhood Programs

The heart of the Waldorf method is the conviction that education is an art – it must speak to the child’s experience. To educate the whole child his heart and will must be reached as well as his mind.
-Rudolf Steiner

Early Childhood ProgramsAll of the programs offer three through six year olds the security of rhythmic activities attuned to nature; songs, stories and circle time that speak to their imaginations, plenty of time outside playing, building with what nature provides and taking care of the garden. Young children imitate the world around them and we seek to provide a beautiful environment and purposeful activities. Older children benefit from this same pattern, along with more complex stories, wet-on-wet painting and beeswax sculpting.

We offer two (“Poppies”), three (“Buttercups”) and five-day (“Sunflowers”) programs. Our mornings run from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

AM/PM/Full Day
Ages 3-5 years old Ages 4-6 years old Ages 3-6 years old
2 days/ week;
Mon. and Tues.
3 days/week;
Wed., Thurs., and Fri.
5 days/week;
Mon. – Fri.


Early Childhood ProgramsOur Early Childhood programs offer a rhythmic pattern of activities, including circle time, indoor play, wholesome meals, outdoor activities, and dramatic plays. Children will learn songs and stories that feed their imaginations and foster a rich vocabulary and love of language. Children will also have plenty of time outside exploring nature, building, and gardening. Young children imitate the world around them and we seek to provide a beautiful environment and a variety of purposeful activities that enrich our children’s hearts, bodies, and minds.

Please see our Financial Commitment page for the current costs associated with each program.

CLICK HERE for enrollment application! (PDF)


Parent-Child Classes

Parent-Child Class runs on Saturday mornings. This class offers parents with children ages 18 months up to 3 years an opportunity to experience an early childhood program based on Waldorf approach. Young ones will be encouraged to play with the natural and open-ended toys while parents craft. Teacher will lead a morning circle with finger-plays, nursery rhymes, movement and songs. And the class will spend time outdoors playing in the elements. Check out the PARENT-CHILD PAGE for our upcoming schedule.

Food for Thought

“The importance of storytelling, of the natural rhythms of daily life, of the evolutionary changes in the child, of art as the necessary underpinning of learning, and of the aesthetic environment as a whole–all basic to Waldorf education for the past 70 years–are being ‘discovered’ and verified by researchers unconnected to the Waldorf movement.” — Paul Bayers, Professor Columbia Teachers’ College

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