Arizona, March 2017 – March 2018

LifeWays® Early Childhood Certification 

Location: Phoenx, AZ
Director: Laura Alvarado-Coady, Student Services
Phone: 480-217-2989


March 10 (eve.) – 17, 2017
June 10 – 16, 2017
October 7 – 13, 2017
March 10 – 17, 2018

Desert Marigold School, 6210 S. 28th Street, Phoenix, AZ  85042

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Core Teaching Staff:

Cynthia Aldinger Founder and Executive Director of LifeWays North America; author of Life is the Curriculum and Home Away from Home: LifeWays Care of Children and Families

Laura Cassidy taught in the Early Childhood Department of Prairie Hill Waldorf School in Pewaukee, WI, for 22 years, 8 of those as a lead kindergarten teacher. She founded the school’s “WonderGarden” preschool and taught in the parent-child playgroup, assisted in grade one, and continues to teach calligraphy to sixth graders. She is a core faculty member of the Great Lakes Waldorf Institute for teacher training.

handwork Housing and Childcare: We do not provide housing or childcare but will provide applicants with contact information for local resources.

Meals: Snacks and daily organic hot lunches are included in tuition. Students provide their own breakfast and dinner.

For more information see our National Brochure.

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 The LifeWays Training is unique in being designed for both parents and early childhood professionals, including caregivers in homes and centers, preschool teachers and assistant early childhood teachers, afternoon preschool teachers, as well as parent-child and parent-infant educators. Four on-site sessions are supplemented by guided study with a mentor during the course of the year.

What will I learn?

Learn how the simple activities of healthy home life provide the foundation of learning for the young child. Refresh your skills with music, movement and handwork classes. Learn more about the holistic view of the developing human being offered by Rudolf Steiner and other developmental theorists and experience fun and friendship found with fellow students.