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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.


WECAN 2021 Early Childhood Educators Conference

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

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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;
Keynote speaker Laleña Garcia, who launched us into a whole new exploration of our work with ourselves and with our children
Panelists Leimomi Apoliona Brown, Sondi Eugene, Teresa Price and Meggan Gill for their courageous sharing of their BIPOC experiences and perspectives to help us all expand our awareness
Keelah Helwig, Juliana Pinto McKeen and Meggan Gill for being the bridges from participants to Lalena's presentations through conversations and question-and-answer sessions
Nancy Blanning, Jessica Oswald and Magdalena Toran, for giving us glimpses into their own work in the brave space we are creating together, where we are working on these important challenges side by side
Puppeteer Aimee De Ney and her helpers Marjorie Rehbach and Kendra Cooley for sharing the Squonomie story of "Pushing Up the Sky" through shadow puppetry
Performers Oxana Chi and Dr. Layla Zami for their creative exploration of fusion movement as an art for the future
the many workshop presenters and affinity space facilitators who shared their gifts and ongoing work with conference participants
the incredible WECAN Conference Team, whose work behind the scenes made it possible for us all to come together in this unique way
And our Sponsors for their generous support of this work. Click here for a full list of sponsors and exhibitors and links to their websites.


"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.

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