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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.

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Waldorf 100 Anniversary Celebration on the 19th of September in Berlin, Germany

You can follow the event live! Click here.

The Livestream begins on 19.09.2019 starting from 10.00 am MET. The official ceremonial act begins at 10.30 am. 
The live broadcast will be moderated by Lion Talir, former Waldorf student and member of Waldorf SV. In the breaks of the event there will be background information, interviews, films and more. The livestream will be translated into English as an option. After the end of the event the livestream will be available online. During the live broadcast it is not possible to jump back to an earlier section – so be on time if you don’t want to miss a particular item on the programe.

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
Registration Open Now
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 click here or contact katherine@sophiashearth.org for further questions.
THIS CONFERNECE IS FULL

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.

In community life we learn consciously and unconsciously from each other. Rudolf Steiner stated that to be an educator in the Consciousness-soul Age we need to be able to elicit the individuality from the other. This includes the relationship between the educator’s task of working with the individuality while working in groups and communities. From an esoteric perspective that gives rise to an exoteric practice, we can find what is needed for healthy educational forms.

Lisa Romero from Australia will be our keynote speaker.  Lisa is the author of several inner development books, a complementary health practitioner, and an adult educator who has been offering healthcare and education enriched with anthroposophy since 1993. The primary focus of her work is on teaching inner development and anthroposophical meditation. She offers courses, lectures and retreats in communities and schools worldwide. Essentially, her work springs from the inner work, meditation and exercises, together with a dedication to the path of unfolding consciousness.

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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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Waldorf kindergartens and early childhood programs in North America: see if there is a program in your area.
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SAVE THE DATE!

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

 

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