The Official Website for The Waldorf Early Childhood Association of North America

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Welcome to WECAN

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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Toward a Kinder, More Compassionate Society
Finding our Ways
February 10-12, 2023, Spring Valley, NY

Our February Conference will continue for a third year to work with the theme “Toward a Kinder, More Compassionate Society.” This year our focus will be on Finding Our Ways. There will also be an emphasis on collaboration throughout the conference. Pairs of presenters from WECAN’s Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access Committee and Early Childhood Research Group will share insights out of their own inner and outer work, and after the Saturday and Sunday morning presentations, there will be facilitated conversation groups on the conference theme.

Presenters will include Nancy Blanning and Anjum Mir, Lynn Turner and Leslie Wetzonis-Woolverton, and Laurie Clark and Stephanie Hoelscher.
More details to come.

Annual Report 2020-2021
For Members and Friends

In 2020-21 WECAN continued to face new challenges as we worked to support our WECAN members in meeting the needs of the children, families, and colleagues in their communities. Confronted by the necessity for change and a renewal of the social mission that is a founding impulse of Waldorf Education, we worked together on a path of growth and change in these unprecedented times.

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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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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We have established a new WECAN Community Hub for engaging in conversation and sharing resources, with subgroups for Parent Child, Birth to Three, Home Programs, Early Childhood Teacher Educators, and WECAN Organizational Members.

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