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.

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[Note: Canadian provinces are listed alphabetically along with US states.]

Alaska

Nettlewood Playgarden - Representative Program

17905 Idle Drive

Palmer, AK 99645

Contact: Regin Dervaes, LifeWays Graduate

907-315-1677

www.nettlewoodplaygarden.com

 

Palmer LifeWays

612 First St

Palmer, AK 99645

Contact: Lori Berrigan, LifeWays Graduate

907-746-0077

www.palmerlifeways.org

British Columbia

LifeWays Child Care Society - Representative Program

532 E. 4th St. North

Vancouver, BC V7L 1J6

CANADA

Contact: Margo Running

604-904-4198

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

 

KULANU - Representative Program

1100 West Sexton Road

Sebastopol, CA 95472

Contact: Yael Raff Peskin

707-829-8341

www.facebook.com/kulanusebastopol

 

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

 

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

323 Holly Dr.

San Rafael, CA 94903

415-521-5119

Contact: Lilian Simoes, LifeWays Graduate

www.blossomnurseryschool.com

 

Dandelion Daycare
991 Anderson Circle
Woodland, CA 95776
805-807-3085
Contact: Amanda Sattler, LifeWays Graduate

 

Flutterby

210 Natural Bridges Drive

Santa Cruz, CA 95060

Contact: Lisa Goldman, LifeWays Graduate

831-427-1159

www.flutterbypreschool.org

 

Garden Canyon Preschool
631 Travelodge Drive
El Cajon, CA 92020
Contact: Alexander Hazel, LifeWays Aligned
619-946-3434
https://www.facebook.com/GardenCanyon/

 

Jardin Mariposa

418 Piper Street

Healdsburg, California 95448

Contact: Alison Pizarro, LifeWays Graduate

415-573-6443

www.jardinmariposa.com

 

Lilac Sea Nursery School

2428 Commonwealth Ave

San Diego, CA 92104

Contact: Mallory Ott, LifeWays Graduate

619-316-3002

 

Little Acorns Play Garden

5148 Dredger Way

Orangevale, CA 95662

Contact: Wendi JensenLifeWays Student

916-903-3589

 

Little Flower Preschool
12656 Rough and Ready Hwy
Grass Valley, CA 95945
Contact: Jessica Druding , LifeWays Graduate
530-272-2952
http://www.littleflowerpreschool.com

 

Mi Escuelita en Español
155 Werner Avenue
Daly City, CA 94014
Contact: Ines Portugal, LifeWays Graduate
650-452-3844
http://www.mylittleschoolinspanish.com

 

Neighborhood Playgarden

PO Box 14817

San Francisco, CA 94114

Contact: Julie Anderson, LifeWays Aligned

415-971-4963

www.neighborhoodplaygarden.com

 

Paloma's Nest

2530 Francisco St

San Francisco, CA 94123

Contact:Vanessa Lane, LifeWays Student

415-722-4611

https://palomasnest.onepreschool.com/

 

Simone Demarzi, LifeWays Graduate

Parent Child Teacher at Sacramento Waldorf School

5152 Engle Road

Carmichael, CA 95608

Contact: Simone Demarzi

916-802-2242

 

Tree Sprites

55 Foothill Road

San Anselmo, CA 94960

Contact: Teresa Walker

510-915-2687

http://www.treesprites.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

 

Cottontail Nursery School

546 Arbor Drive

Lafayette, CO 80026

Contacts: Rachel Baier and Liz Linsley, LifeWays Graduates

303-944-7776

www.cottontailschool.com

 

Fairy Ring Garden
9147 Fleetwood Ave
Longmont, CO 80503
Contact: Ginger Johnson, LifeWays Graduate
303-507-7331
http://www.fairyringschool.org

 

Melinda Kerst, LifeWays Graduate

819 McGraw Dr.

Ft.Collins, CO 80526

Contact: Melinda Kerst

970-282-8670

 

Mountain Sweet Peas

182 South Laura Street

Ridgway, CO 81432

Contact: Megan Gardner, LifeWays Graduate

970-729-1211

 

Sunflower Hill Child Care

1520 S. Glencoe Street

Denver, CO 80222

Contact: Kathleen O'Connor, LifeWays Graduate

303-489-2985

sunflowerhillchildcare.com

Connecticut

Little Acorn Learning

Childcare, Classes and Online Curriculum for Parents and Caregivers

9 Woodcreek Road

Brookfield, CT  06804

Contact: Eileen StraitonLifeWays Student

Website:  www.littleacornlearning.com

Florida

The Playgarden - Representative Program

223 8th Avenue S.

Jacksonville Beach, FL  32250

Contact: Carol Wagner

904-241-3259

www.theplaygarden.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

Idaho

The Play Garden
4560 N Maple Grove
Boise, ID 83704
Contact: Kimberly Amyx , Aligned Program
208-850-3392
http://www.theplaygardenboise.com

Illinois

The Nest - Parent/Child Class

7037 N Fox Point Dr.

Peoria, IL 61614

Contact: Lori Harms, LifeWays Graduate

309-857-1470

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

 

The Little Farm School - Representative Program

31 Enterprise Rd

Limerick, ME 04048

Contact: Mary Vermette-Graham, Director

207-423-1656

 

Wee Cottage

8 Lupine Lane

Rockport, ME 04856-4253

Contact: Mig Case, LifeWays Graduate

207-593-0780

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

761 Tatum Street

Saint Paul, MN 55104

Contact: Claire Fromme, Aligned Program

651-497-5462

www.daffodildayschool.com

Missouri

Wildflower Day Nursery

1004 Westwinds Court

Columbia, MO 65203

Contact: Sarah Linsenmeyer, LifeWays Graduate

573-864-2542

www.WildflowerDayNursery.com

Montana

Mountain Bluebells Preschool & Nursery Center

701 South McGillen

Red Lodge, Montana 59068

Contact: Lista Vergith, LifeWays Graduate

406-290-4391

www.mtbluebells.org

New Brunswick

Hawthorn Hill Academy

27 Sydney Ave.

Riverview, NB E1B 0H6

Canada

Contact: Laura Martin, Aligned Program

www.hawthornhillacademy.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

New York

Sweet Chickadee School

337 Daniels Rd

Saratoga Springs, NY 12866

Contact: J'mae Shemroske, LifeWays Graduate

518-567-9527

http://sweetchickadeeschool.com/

North Carolina

Ashley d'Ambrosi Masters, LifeWays Graduate

2 Chester Place

Asheville, N.C. 28806

828-989-9189

Oklahoma

Redbud Play School - Representative Program

Norman, OK

Contact: Frances Whalen, LifeWays Graduate

405-317-3955

www.redbudplayschool.com

 

Rose Rock School and LifeWays Center - Representative Program

1515 W Main St

Norman, OK  73069

Contact: Shanah Ahmadi

405-412-3583

www.roserockschool.org

 

Little Leaf Playgarden
906 NW 21st St
Oklahoma City, OK 73106
Contact: Emma Yeung , LifeWays Graduate
405-219-5016
http://littleleafplaygarden.com

 

Roots of Wonder

1019 E. 35th Place

Tulsa, OK 74105

Contact: Neerah Singh, LifeWays Graduate

918-780-1518

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

Oregon

Magnolia Blossom Preschool - Representative Program

6921 North Roberts Avenue

Portland, OR 97203

Contact: Marguerite Aichele-Smith

503-869-0626

www.magnoliablossompreschool.com

 

Little Lights Playschool
1316 NE Liberty street
Portland OR 97211
Contact: Kristin Luce, Aligned Program
503-515-8799
Website: www.littlelightsplayschool.tumblr.com

 

Little Root Playgarden Preschool

9755 N Syracuse St.

Portland, OR 97203

Contact: Dre Davey, LifeWays Graduate

503-544-3996

http://littlerootchildren.com

 

Wow and Futterville Playgardens
Has four programs, one center-based and three Certified Family Homes
8722 SE 17th Ave.
Portland, OR 97202
Contact: Deanna Cohen, Aligned Program
971-302-6139
http://www.wowandfluttervilleplaygardens.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

 

Pear Blossom Early Childhood Center

25 N. 16th Street

Easton, PA 18042

Contact: Eleanor Breslin, LifeWays Student

610-438-8080

www.pearblossomcare.com

Québec, Canada

Le jardin d'enfants des Racines et des Ailes
1915 chemin de la cote
Val David, QC J0T2N0
Canada
Contact: Chalia Tuzlak, LifeWays Aligned Program
819-320-0453
www.facebook.com/ChaliaT/

Rhode Island

Bloom

33 Mitchell's Lane

Middletown, RI 02842

Contact: Bethany Stewart, Aligned Program

401-842-0003

www.bloomchild.com

Texas

Blackland Prairie Conservatory & Atelier
9949 McCree Road
Dallas, TX 75238
Contact: Tiffany Lipsett, Aligned Program
214-631-9533
https://bpcaschool.org

 

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: Michelle FossatiLifeWays Graduate

512-441-5253

www.starbrightpreschool.com

 

Sunflower Garden

14 Tall Oaks Trail

Austin, TX 78737

Contact: Lindsey Falconer, LifeWays Graduate

512-964-5886

www.sunflowergardenaustin.com

 

The Greenwood School

8319 Haskel Dr.

Austin, TX 78736

Contact: Tracy Schagen, Aligned Program

512-394-9171

www.greenwoodschool.net

Vermont

Honeycomb Kids
134 Lily Pond Circle
Richmond, VT 05477
Contact: Ellen Kraft, LifeWays Student
802-324-4491

Virginia

Marigold Children's Garden

15271 Brazil Circle

Woodbridge,VA 22193

Contact: Rachel Bleicken, Aligned Program

703-340-8187

www.marigoldchildrensgarden.com

West Virginia

Windsong Bergman, LifeWays Graduate

Shepherdstown, WV 25443

Wisconsin

LifeWays Early Childhood Center - Representative Program

3224 N. Gordon Place

Milwaukee, WI  53212

Contact: Jaimmie Stugard

414-562-0818

www.lifewaysmilwaukee.com

 

Nestling House

3200 S. Howell Ave.

Milwaukee, WI 53207

Contact: Eric Busiek, Aligned Program

414-269-9135

www.nestlinghouse.com

 

The Enchanted Garden

1633 N 123rd St

Wauwatosa, WI 53226

Contact: Constance Palmer, LifeWays Graduate

414-315-9950