Directory of LifeWays Early Childhood Programs

Programs that incorporate the LifeWays approach to child care and parent education are spreading throughout North America!  We encourage you to visit these providers and experience for yourself the many forms that LifeWays relationship-based programs can take.

  • LifeWays Representative Programs enjoy the highest level of recognition.  Their approach to working with children and families is based on concepts taught in the LifeWays® training with particular emphasis on Rudolf Steiner's research on human development.  All primary caregivers in Representative Programs have completed the LifeWays® training or its equivalent or are currently enrolled in LifeWays® training.
  • Other programs are listed alphabetically within each state or province. Where applicable, individuals to contact are noted as LifeWays Graduate or LifeWays Student.
  • Additional listings are for Aligned Programs that have indicated an affinity with LifeWays® Principles and Practices, but who have not completed a LifeWays® Training. 

Click here for more information about listing your program with LifeWays North America.

[Note: Countries outside the US are listed alphabetically, as well; so Canada can be found after California.]

LifeWays Commencement Address by Susan Silverio

Commencement Address by Susan Silverio at the LifeWays Early Childhood Training Graduation, July 18, 2015, Rockport, Maine

            Life is good!

            How do we know that?

            There are many opportunities here in Maine to experience all that a T-shirt can proclaim as goodness. I hope that you all have had many moments during these summer sessions to be near the water or around a campfire, to share food and to be at play.

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Alaska

Gentle Rhythms Child Care

9331 Shorecrest Drive

Anchorage, AK 99502

Contact: Inger MacRae, Aligned Program

907-351-5445

Nettlewood Playgarden

17905 Idle Drive

Palmer, AK 99645

Contact: Regin Dervaes, LifeWays Student

907-315-1677

www.nettlewoodplaygarden.com

Palmer LifeWays

612 First St

Palmer, AK 99645

Contact: Lori Berrigan, LifeWays Graduate

907-746-0077

 

California

A Child's Garden of Thyme
(Representative Program)

710 Eucalyptus St., Oceanside, CA 92054

Contact: Bianca Lara Amann

760-820-ACGT

www.AChildsGardenofThyme.com

BeeLoved Farm Playschool Childrens' Center
(Representative Program)

2947 Ponderosa Rd.

Shingle Springs, CA 95682

Contact: Kelly Hodgkin

530-676-5683

www.beelovedfarm.com

Mothering Arts
(Representative Program)
Nurturing Mothers and Babies. Handbook available!

1213 High School Road

Sebastopol, CA 95472

Contact: Kerry Ingram

707-321-0981

http://www.motheringarts.com/

Peapod Playgroup
(Representative Program)

7932 Avalos Way

Citrus Heights, CA 95610

Contact: Serena Syn

916-838-0992

www.peapodplaygroup.com

Singing Winds Playgarden
(Representative Program)

6 Ramona Way

Novato, CA 94945

Contact: Jane McCoy

415-897-8725

Acorn Nursery School

709 Pacheco Street

San Francisco, CA 94116

Contact: Tarusha Gate, LifeWays Graduate

415-254-0639

www.acornnurserysf.com

Apple Katei Youchien

316 Lemire Dr.

Chula Vista, CA 91910

Contact: Yukiko Osada Ono, LifeWays Graduate

619-994-0620

www.apple-chan.com
 

Blossom Nursery School

850, Rincon Way

San Rafael, CA 94903

415-521-5119

Contact: Lilian Simoes, LifeWays Graduate

www.blossomnurseryschool.com


 

Flutterby

210 Natural Bridges Drive

Santa Cruz, CA 95060

Contact: Lisa Goldman, LifeWays Graduate

831-427-1159

www.flutterbypreschool.org

Jardin Mariposa

418 Piper Street

Healdsburg, California 95448

Contact: Alison Pizarro, LifeWays Graduate

415-573-6443

www.jardinmariposa.com

Little Owl Playgarden

229 Bodega Avenue

Petaluma, CA 94952

Contact: Cole Bohanon, LifeWays Student

707-799-7635
 

Neighborhood Playgarden

59 Grand View Ave.

San Francisco, CA 94114

Contact: Julie Anderson, LifeWays Aligned

415-971-4963

www.neighborhoodplaygarden.com

Simone Demarzi, LifeWays Graduate

Parent Child Teacher at Sacramento Waldorf School

5152 Engle Road

Carmichael, CA 95608

Contact: Simone Demarzi

916-802-2242

Canada, British Columbia

LifeWays Child Care Society
(Representative Program)

532 E. 4th St. North

Vancouver, BC V7L 1J6

CANADA

Contact: Margo Running

604-904-4198

www.lifewayschildcare.ca

Canada, Ontario

Hearthstone Childcare
(Representative Program)

901 Rutherford Rd

Vaughan, Ontario L6A 1S2

Canada

Contact: Laurie Harper-Burgess, LifeWays Graduate

905-731-0405

www.hearthstonechildcare.com

Colorado

Boulder Waldorf Kindergarten LifeWays Program
(Representative Program)

4072 N 19th St.

Boulder, CO 80304

Contact: Seana Grady, Director

303-541-0671

www.boulderwaldorf.com

Joyful Toddlers!
(Representative Program)
Offering teleclasses and consulting

Boulder/Denver, CO

Contact: Faith Collins

720-256-8843

www.joyfultoddlers.com

StarSong LifeWays Child Care
(Representative Program)

3640 Buckeye Ct

Boulder, CO 80304

Contact: Julie Zacharias

303-442-0998

www.starsong-lifeways.com

Bloom Preschool

819 McGraw Dr.

Ft.Collins, CO 80526

Contact: Melinda Kerst, LifeWays Graduate

970-282-8670

www.bloompreschool.org

 

Cottontail Nursery School

546 Arbor Drive

Lafayette, CO 80026

Contacts: Rachel Baier and Liz Linsley, LifeWays Graduates

303-944-7776

www.cottontailschool.com

Sunflower Hill Child Care

2374 S. University Blvd

Denver, CO 80210

Contact: Kathleen O'Connor, LifeWays Graduate

303-722-9522

sunflowerhillchildcare.com
 

Florida

Seaside Playgarden
(Representative Program)

223 8th Avenue S.

Jacksonville Beach, FL  32250

Contact: Lynn Coalson

904-247-1314

admin@seasideplaygarden.org

www.seasideplaygarden.org

Georgia

Sungarden Preschool

2546 Midway Road

Decatur, GA  30030

Contact: Sara Michelson, LifeWays Graduate

404-693-5307

www.sungardenpreschool.com

Hawaii

Creative Nurturing Communities, Pilot Project, Mindanao, Philippines

913 Ahuwale St.

Honolulu, HI 96821

Contact: Kahlil S. Apuzen-Ito, Lifeways Graduate

808-988-1541

Illinois

The Nest - Parent/Child Class

7037 N Fox Point Dr.

Peoria, IL 61614

Contact: Lori Harms, LifeWays Graduate

309-713-3214

www.thenestprogram.com

Iowa

Earthschooling

1804 74th St.

Windsor Heights, IA 50324

Contact: Kristie Burns, Aligned Program

800-630-9167

http://www.Earthschooling.com

Kentucky

Lively Children Child Care Center

1140 Cherokee Road

Louisville, KY 40204

Contact: Molly Cannon, LifeWays Graduate

502-744-2801

Maine

Hearthstone Preschool and Early Childhood
(Representative Program)

18 Christy Hill Rd.

Sedgwick, ME 04676

Contact: Jennifer McCall

207-359-8406

Spindlewood Waldorf Kindergarten and LifeWays Center
(Representative Program)

105 Proctor Road

Lincolnville, ME  04849

Contact:  Susan Silverio

207-763-4652

www.spindlewoodmaine.com

The Village Center for Childcare
(Representative Program)

P.O. Box 107, 21 Summit Rd.

Northeast Harbor, ME, 04662

Contact: Marie LaRosee

207-276-5388

Wee Cottage

8 Lupine Lane

Rockport, ME 04856-4253

Contact: Mig Case, LifeWays Graduate

207-593-0780

Maryland

The Sweet Farm

11301 Renner Rd

Woodsboro, MD 21798

Contact: MaryLee and BethAnn Flessner, Aligned Program

601-594-04805

Massachussetts

Kinderhof Waldorf School

76 Boice Road

North Egremont, MA  01230-9086

Contact: Rebecca Rozhon, Aligned Program

413-528-9297

www.kinderhofwaldorfschool.org

 

Minnesota

Daffodil Day School

2196 Doswell Avenue

Saint Paul, MN 55108

Contact: Claire Fromme, Aligned Program

651-645-1156

www.daffodildayschool.com

New Hampshire

A Child's Nature—Care and Education

77 Pine Hill Dr.

Wilton, NH 03086

Contact: Nancy Wilson, Aligned Program

603 654-2662

www.achildsnature.org

New York

The Rose Garden Early Childhood Center
(Representative Program)

257 Lafayette Avenue

Buffalo, NY 14213

Contact: Judith Frizlen

716-816-0078 

www.therosegarden.us

Windsong Bergman, LifeWays Graduate

155 Claremont Ave.,

New York, NY 10027

North Carolina

Ashley d'Ambrosi Masters, LifeWays Graduate

2 Chester Place

Asheville, N.C. 28806

828-989-9189

Oklahoma

Rose Rock School and LifeWays Center
(Representative Program)

502 North Park Drive

Norman, OK  73069

Contact: Shanah Ahmadi

405-412-3583

www.roserockschool.org

Roots of Wonder

1019 E. 35th Place

Tulsa, OK 74105

Contact: Neera Singh, LifeWays Graduate

918-430-3934

www.rootsofwonder.com

Oregon

Little Root Children's Playgarden - Preschool/Kindergarden

9755 N Syracuse St.

Portland, OR 97203

Contact: Andrea Davey, LifeWays Student

503-544-3996

littlerootchildren.blogspot.com

Magnolia Blossom Preschool

6921 North Roberts Avenue

Portland, OR 97203

Contact: Marguerite Aichele-Smith, LifeWays Graduate

503-869-0626

www.magnoliablossompreschool.com

Pennsylvania

Down to Earth Childcare

211 Ridge Rd.

Spring City, PA 19475

Contact: April Littell, LifeWays Student

603-313-5868

facebook.com/downtoearthchildcare

Pear Blossom Early Childhood Center

25 N. 16th Street

Easton, PA 18042

Contact: Eleanor Breslin, LifeWays Student

610-438-8080

www.pearblossomcare.com
 

Rosebud Garden
(Representative Program)

Kimberton Waldorf School

410 West Seven Stars Road

Kimberton, PA 19442

Contact: Chinyelu Kunz, LifeWays Graduate

610-933-3635

http://kimberton.org/academics/early-child


 

Violet Grove Children's Garden

Ellis Woods Rd

Pottstown, PA 19465

Contact: Miriam Greiser, LifeWays Student

484-942-9433

www.violetgrove.org

Rhode Island

Bloom

33 Mitchell's Lane

Middletown, RI 02842

Contact: Bethany Stewart, Aligned Program

401-842-0003

www.bloomchild.com

Texas

Good Earth Farm School

10820 E Crystal Falls Pkwy

Leander, TX 78641

Contact: Leslie Castaneda, LifeWays Graduate

512-259-3922

www.goodearthfarmschool.com

Starbright Preschool

3900 Valley View Road

Austin, TX 78704

Contact: Jean Dordek (Dir); Laura Olson; Michelle Fossati, LifeWays Graduate

512-441-5253

www.starbrightpreschool.com

The Greenwood School

8319 Haskel Dr.

Austin, TX 78736

Contact: Tracy Schagen, LifeWays Graduate

512-394-9171

www.greenwoodschool.net

Virginia

The Children's Garden

1901 Ives St. S.

Arlington, VA 22202

Contact: Laura Holman, Aligned Program

571-435-6848

Wisconsin

LifeWays Early Childhood Center
(Representative Program)

3224 N. Gordon Place

Milwaukee, WI  53212

Contact: Jaimmie Stugard

414-562-0818

www.lifewaysmilwaukee.com

The Orchard Children's Center
(Representative Program)

5214 Raymond

Madison, WI 53711

Contact: Jacqueline Beecher

608- 228-1652 or 608-661-9735

Roberta Ducharme, LifeWays Graduate

434 West Maple Street

Viroqua, Wisconsin 54665

808-269-0186
 

The Enchanted Garden

1633 N 123rd St

Wauwatosa, WI 53226

Contact: Constance Palmer, LifeWays Graduate

414-226-5870

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