What is Waldorf Early Childhood Education?

Essentials of Waldorf Early Childhood Education by Susan Howard

Is there a Waldorf early childhood “curriculum?” Are there specific activities — perhaps puppet plays or watercolor painting, for example-that are required in a Waldorf program? Are there certain materials and furnishings-lazured, soft-colored walls, handmade playthings, natural materials, beeswax crayons—that are essential ingredients of a Waldorf setting? What is it that makes Waldorf early childhood education “Waldorf?” Rudolf Steiner spoke on a number of occasions about the essentials of education and of early childhood education. His words shed light on what he considered fundamental …
Download full article



Waldorf kindergartens and early childhood programs in North America: see if there is a program in your area.
Find a program >

Teacher Education

Learn more about becoming a Waldorf early childhood educator.

learn more

Join WECAN

Membership is open to individuals who support our work. Click here to join or renew your membership in our online store.

Join WECAN

©2014 Waldorf Early Childhood Association of North America. All rights reserved.