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What to look for in a Waldorf early childhood classroom


The Waldorf approach is founded on a scientific understanding of children’s developmental needs. Waldorf education honors each child as a unique being of body, soul and spirit and is designed to cultivate each child’s developing capacities. Through opportunities for self-initiated movement and play, diverse sensory experiences, and respectful and warm relationships with caregivers and classmates, Waldorf programs nurture the wholeness of each child. Since its founding in post-World-War-I Europe in 1919, Waldorf education has become an international educational movement with 1,928 kindergartens in 70 countries around the world. Waldorf education is just beginning to expand into Head Start-funded programs and there is a strong interest in continuing this expansion. (author abstract)

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