Directory of LifeWays Early Childhood Programs

Below you will find listings for early childhood programs that endorse the LifeWays philosophy of child care and parent education. 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 by LifeWays North America.  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. 

All listings contain email and website links, where available, and we encourage you to contact the individuals and organizations listed below to assess how they manifest the LifeWays approach and work with LifeWays Principles and Practices.

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

Note: Other countries are listed alphabetically, as well; so Canada can be found after California.

Members Directory List

Alaska

Gentle Rhythms Child Care

9331 Shorecrest Drive

Anchorage, AK 99502

Contact: Inger MacRae, Aligned Program

907-351-5445

Winterwood

530 Hjellen Dr.

Wasilla, AK 99654

Contact: Susanne Barker, Aligned Program

907-376-1071

California

A Child's Garden of Thyme - North & South
(Representative Program)

North- 710 Eucalyptus St., Oceanside, CA 92054

South- 4771 Maple Street, San Diego, CA 92105

Contact: Bianca Lara

760-820-ACGT North / 858-356-ACGT South

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, LifeWays Graduate

619-994-0620

www.apple-chan.com
 

Hummingbird Playgarden

430 N Spring St

Ukiah, CA 95482

Contact: Sherri Brown, Aligned Program

707-468-5010

www.hummingbirdplaygarden.com

Kulanu

1100 West Sexton Road

Sebastopol, CA  95472

Contact: Yael Raff Peskin, LifeWays Graduate

707.829.8341

Little Sprouts

4723 Nicolet Avenue

Fremont, CA 94536

Contact: Alicia Miller, LifeWays Student

510-796-1836

Neighborhood Playgarden

59 Grand View Ave.

San Francisco, CA 94114

Contact: Julie Fellom, LifeWays Student

415-282-3528

Open Arms Playgarden

340 Payran Street

Petaluma, CA 94952

Contact: Maayan Schoeman, Aligned Program

707-762-6935

www.openarmsplaygarden.com

 

Simone's Infant Care

5152 Engle Road

Carmichael, CA 95608

Contact: Simone Demarzi, LifeWays Graduate

916-482-2474

The Children's Garden/ Rosebuds and Little Acorns

841 Junipero Avenue

Pacific Grove, CA  93950

Contacts: Caroline Clancey and Audrianne Taylor, LifeWays Graduate

831-320-2488

The Mulberry Cottage

Mountain View, CA, 94040

Contact: Denise Sacks, Aligned Program

650-941-4825

www.MulberryCottage.webs.com

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

Hestia Childcare and Kindergarten

15 Blackforest Drive

Richmond Hill, ON L4E 2P6

CANADA

Contact: Karen Weyler-Lheureux, LifeWays Graduate

416-518-4618

Wildflower Playschool

322 Gooseberry Street

Orangeville, Ontario Canada L9W 5B9

Contact: Erinn Kooy, Aligned Program

519-942-3875

wildflowerplayschool@gmail.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.com

 

Connecticut

Little Acorn Learning

9 Woodcreek Rd.

Brokfield, CT 06804

Contact: Eileen Straiton, Aligned Program

203-740-2611

www.littleacornlearning.com

Florida

Seaside Playgarden
(Representative Program)

223 8th Avenue S.

Jacksonville Beach, FL  32250

Contact: Lynn Coalson

904-247-1314

www.seasidecommunityschools.org

Georgia

Sungarden Preschool

2546 Midway Road

Decatur, GA  30030

Contact: Sara Michelson, LifeWays Graduate

404-693-5307

Hawaii

Creative Nurturing Communities, Pilot Project, Mindanao, Philippines

913 Ahuwale St.

Honolulu, HI 96821

Contact: Kahlil S. Apuzen-Ito, Lifeways Graduate

808-988-1541

Roberta Ducharme, LifeWays Graduate

6052 Haleola Street

Honolulu, Hawaii 96821

808-269-0186

Idaho

The Play Garden

3025 N Dalton Ln

Boise, ID 83704

Contact: Kimberly Amyx, Aligned Program

208-850-3392

www.theplaygarden.net

Illinois

The Nest

7037 N Fox Point Dr.

Peoria, IL 61614

Contact: Lori Harms, LifeWays Graduate

309-713-3214

Iowa

Nature's Way Childcare Program

1424 Wilson Ave.

Ames, IA 50010

Contact: Holly Bignall, LifeWays Student

515-450-8740

Kentucky

Lively Children Child Care Center

1140 Cherokee Road

Louisville, KY 40204

Contact: Molly Cannon, LifeWays Student

502-468-3395

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

New Hampshire

A Child’s Nature

184 Hancock Rd.

Peterborough, NH 03458

Contact: Peggy Waterhouse, Aligned Program

603-924-6620

www.pinehill.org/phccc

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

Apple House and Pre-K in the Park

4 Peck Avenue

Saratoga Springs, NY 12866

Contact: Heather Stewart, LifeWays Student

www.appleblossombunch.com

Happy Earth Playschool

131 Linda Avenue

Riverhead, NY, 11901

Contact: Nicole Nieves, Aligned Program

31-779-2643

www.happyearthplayschool.com

Windsong Bergman, LifeWays Graduate

155 Claremont Ave.,

New York, NY 10027

New Zealand

Little Woods Nursery and Preschool

301 Welcome Bay Road

Tauranga, New Zealand 3112

Contact: Kylie McGreevy Potton, Aligned Program

0064-7-544-3799

www.littlewoods.co.nz

North Carolina

Ashley d'Ambrosi Masters, LifeWays Graduate

2 Chester Place

Asheville, N.C. 28806

828-989-9189

Ohio

Craft Village Shop

7019 Miami Ave

Cincinnatti, OH 45243

Contact: Young Sook Kim, LifeWays Graduate

513-271-0395

www.craftvillageshop.com

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

Magnolia Blossom Preschool

6921 North Roberts Avenue

Portland, OR 97203

Contact: Marguerite Aichele-Smith, LifeWays Graduate

503-869-0626

www.magnoliablossompreschool.com

Two Tall Trees

887 SE Bethel Place

Corvalis, OR 97333

Contact: Jess Henry, LifeWays Graduate

541-230-1261

www.twotalltrees.com

Pennsylvania

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


 

Rhode Island

Bloom

33 Mitchell's Lane

Middletown, RI 02842

Contact: Bethany Stewart, Aligned Program

401-842-0003

www.bloomchild.com

Texas

Good Earth Day School

10820 E Crystal Falls Pkwy

Leander, TX 78641

Contact: Leslie Castaneda, LifeWays Graduate or

Janie Mote, LifeWays Student

512-259-3922

Starbright Preschool

3900 Valley View Road

Austin, TX 78704

Contact: Jean Dordek or Michelle Fossati, LifeWays Graduate

512-301-2232 or 512-441-5253

www.starbrightpreschool.com

Sunflower Garden

1813 Kerr St

Austin TX 78704

Contact: Lindsey Falconer, LifeWays Student

512-916-9317

www.sunflowergardenaustin.com

The Greenwood School

8319 Haskel Dr.

Austin, TX 78736

Contact: Tracy Schagen, LifeWays Student

512-394-9171

www.greenwoodschool.net

Virgin Islands

The Stone House Preschool

PO Box 577

Kingshill, VI 00851

Contact: Sarah Cole, LifeWays Graduate

340-690-1603

www.stonehousepreschool.wordpress.com

Virginia

The Children's Garden

1901 Ives St. S.

Arlington, VA 22202

Contact: Laura Holman, Aligned Program

571-435-6848

Washington

Rainbow Bridge Childcare and Preschool

214 5th Ave.

Twisp, WA 98856

Contact: Tania Gonzalez Ortega, LifeWays Graduate

509-997-0377

rainbowbridge-childcare.com

 

Wisconsin

LifeWays Early Childhood Center
(Representative Program)

3224 N. Gordon Place

Milwaukee, WI  53212

Contact:  Mary O’Connell

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

Enchanted Garden

1633 N. 123rd St.

Wauwatosa, WI 53226

Contact: Constance Palmer, LifeWays Graduate

414-226-5870

 

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