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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.



JUNE 22-25, 2021 School Renewal and the Heart of Change - Virtual Conference

The Association of Waldorf Schools of North America (AWSNA), Waldorf Early Childhood Association of North America (WECAN), and Alliance for Public Waldorf Education (APWE) invite you and your colleagues to join us in celebrating our past and planning for the future.
The virtual conference website is live!
Click here to register today!
We would also like to direct you to this video for more detailed information about our keynote speakers, who have together crafted a series of presentations to inform and inspire.
Conference content will be recorded and available on demand for one year following the conference. Even if you are unable to attend live keynote sessions, keynote Q&A sessions, and webinars, your registration will give access to all recorded materials. That is four keynote sessions with Q&A and 15 webinars!
Topics include: Bringing Courage to the Mirror with Keelah Helwig; Anti-Bias Education: Raising a Just Generation with Monique Marshall; Navigating the Intersections: A Systems Thinking Approach to Renewal with Victoria Reyes; Lifting the Veil of Complacency Towards Racism with Karina Haedo. 

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WECAN 2021 Early Childhood Educators Conference

Black Lives Matter in Waldorf Early Childhood Classrooms and Communities
Keynote Speaker Laleña Garcia


Nearly 900 Waldorf early childhood educators from throughout North America and around the world participated in our February online conference. This event was a historic moment in our work together on Diversity, Inclusion, Equity and Access. For the first time, we invited a keynote speaker from outside the Waldorf movement to help us to expand our awareness and work toward the kinder, more compassionate society we all know is possible.

The conversations on the conference theme will continue and resources will be shared on a new WECAN Community Hub subgroup, called 2021FebruaryConference Communications. To join, you can write to WECANFeb2021Conference+subscribe@wecan.groups.io

A whole-hearted thank you to everyone who contributed to this historic event!

"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.

Two children play in a Waldorf early childhood classroom. These videos in English and Spanish  feature Waldorf early childhood education on several continents.

Two children play in a Waldorf early childhood classroom. These videos in English and Spanish  feature Waldorf early childhood education on several continents.

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