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The mission of the Waldorf Early Childhood Association of North America is to foster a new cultural impulse for the work with the young child from pre-birth to age seven. WECAN is committed to nurturing childhood as a foundation for renewing human culture.


In Memory of Joan Almon, July 14th, 2019

Joan Almon, our inspiring, courageous friend and colleague and the founder of WECAN, had been dealing with breast cancer for more than a decade before she was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in June. She continued to be active and full of future plans and initiatives until very recently, and crossed the threshold peacefully in her sleep in the early morning of Sunday, July 14th. She would have celebrated her 75th birthday on August 6.

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New Waldorf 100 Film
"Becoming..." Early Childhood Around the World

On the occasion of the hundredth anniversary of Waldorf Education, Waldorf 100 and the International Association for Steiner/Waldorf Early Childhood Education (IASWECE) are pleased to present a film about early childhood today in the mirror of different cultures worldwide.

"Becoming..." is the third in a series of short films directed by award-winning documentary filmmaker Paul Zehrer which provide an insight into Waldorf Education in the most diverse cultural, social, religious and economic conditions around the globe.

"Becoming..." was premiered at the World Early Childhood Conference on "Inner Freedom - Social Responsibility", which took place in April at the Goetheanum in Switzerland. The film is now available on YouTube and the websites of IASWECE and Waldorf 100.

WECAN Birth to Three Conference
October 4 - 6, 2019 -  Sophia's Hearth, Keene, NH

The Birth to Three Working Group is excited to be offering the first WECAN Birth to Three Conference which will take place this fall in collaboration with Sophia’s Hearth Family Center and Pikler Loczy USA. This conference is for those working with children from birth to three.  Keynote speakers: Susan Weber Jane Swain, Katherine Scharff and Debbie Laurin, will each bring depth and understanding to the care of the young child through the insights of Rudolf Steiner and the research of Emmi Pikler.  
For more information and to register click here or contact katherine@sophiashearth.org for further questions.

WECAN Early Childhood February East Coast Conference
February 7 - 9, 2020 - Green Meadow Waldorf School, Spring Valley, NY

with Lisa Romero on The Art of Educating - Individuality and Community.
More information to follow.

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Individuals who wish to support and contribute to Waldorf early childhood education are invited to join WECAN. Schools, training centers, and home programs may also enter on the path of organizational membership.


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On September 19, 2019, Waldorf education will proudly mark its 100th anniversary. From September 2018 through June 2020, Waldorf schools and communities around the world celebrate this anniversary through social and environmental impact projects. These campaigns aim to stimulate dialogue around human values in education and support initiatives that revitalize society and our relationship with our earth.
Click here for more on Waldorf 100!

Waldorf100 Conference hosted by Chicago Waldorf School, Chicago, IL
June 22 - 26, 2020 
Visit our conference page for more information


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