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

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By becoming a Waldorf early childhood educator, you are joining a global network of colleagues. There are nearly 2000 Waldorf kindergartens, birth to three programs, home programs, child care centers and pre-schools in more than 60 countries around the world.

Waldorf early childhood training courses cultivate essential qualities for working with young children, such as

  • love and respect for each child as a unique individual
  • the ability to create warm, nurturing environments that serve the needs of the young child
  • skills in building collaborative relationships with parents and colleagues
  • a commitment to life-long self-development.

Training courses include the study of child development, artistic work, development of relevant skills, and opportunities to observe and practice in Waldorf early childhood classrooms. Waldorf early childhood training programs are based on Rudolf Steiner’s insights into the nature of the human being and his world view, known as anthroposophy.

Please Note: Information and Application forms for Organizational Membership for Waldorf Early Childhood Teacher Education Programs and Institutes can be found on the Organizational Membership page of the website.

Our 2024 Summer Training Guide is now available. Find an early childhood teacher training course or event that suits your needs.

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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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