Colorado, April 2022 - February 2023

LifeWays® Early Childhood Certificate Program

$225.00 discount if enrolled by March 15, 2022!
Location: Boulder, Colorado
Director: Kerry Francis, Student Services

Training is 24 days on the following Dates:

April 18 to 23, 2022
August 1 to 6, 2022
October 10-15, 2022
February 20-25, 2023

Location: North Boulder, Colorado

There will also be four days (28 hours) of online content in the Boulder training, and this will be offered throughout the training year.

The in-person training is held in Boulder, Colorado, a scenic university town with many cultural and outdoor activities.  Located at the base of the Flat Irons, 5430 feet above sea level, Boulder is known for its blue skies and sunny weather, even in the midst of winter snow.  It is surrounded by open space and hiking trails and is 45 minutes from Rocky Mountain National Park and Eldora ski area.

Boulder offers many attractions, including the famous “Pearl Street Mall,” a pedestrian area forming the vibrant heart of downtown with numerous restaurants, art galleries, boutiques and street entertainment (musicians, jugglers, magicians—even a contortion artist). In addition to enjoying the playscapes and other children’s activities on the outdoor mall, families who accompany students will find plenty of parks to visit, including Chautauqua Park, which has the oldest Chautauqua auditorium west of the Mississippi and is still a venue for concerts in the summer. An excellent children’s museum is located in nearby Longmont, and the Butterfly Pavilion in Broomfield makes a lovely day’s outing with children.

Boulder has been home to several Waldorf Schools and LifeWays home programs in the area for years. Faculty for the Colorado LifeWays training draws from master teachers in the Boulder area, and from the Midwest.

Come to Colorado for your certification!


Enjoy spectacular scenery and family vacation opportunities while earning your certification.

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.

Core Teaching Staff

Mary O’Connell, Training Coordinator for LifeWays North America; co-author of Home Away from Home: LifeWays Care of Children and Families; founder of LifeWays Early Childhood Center in Milwaukee, WI

Faith Collins, founder of Joyful Toddlers, offering consulting and tele-classes; holds a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood; was co-founder of Rainbow Bridge LifeWays Program in Boulder, CO

LauraCassidy.jpgLaura Cassidy taught in the Early Childhood Department of Prairie Hill Waldorf School in Pewaukee, WI, for 22 years. She is a core faculty member of the Great Lakes Waldorf Institute for teacher training.

Kerry Francis completed the Lifeways training in 2016 in Boulder, and the Waldorf Early Childhood Teacher Training in 2017 through Sound Circle Center in Seattle. She worked at Boulder Waldorf Kindergarten for ten years, and spent five of those years as Lead Teacher in the toddler class.

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Your journey toward joy-filled and purpose-full living begins in April 2022, won’t you join us in Colorado?

Contact the Student Services Director to learn about the application process.

Join us!


Financial Aid is Available

We have funds available for students with financial need.  To apply, students should first apply to the training and then fill out the Financial Assistance Form on the website.

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