Early Childhood Center Programs

The Early Childhood Center: A Natural Foundation for a Lifetime of Learning

Parent-Child Program
Ages 12 months to 3 years

Ages 2 ½ to 5 years
Options Include: 3 half-days, 3 full-days, 5 half-days, 5 full-days
Half-day: 8:30am-12pm
Full-day: 8:30am-3pm
Children must be fully potty-trained

Age 5 by June 1st of the year entering the program
Five Full-days 8:30am-3pm

Young children explore and learn about their world with an intensity that is unsurpassed at any other stage in life. Children yearn to touch, taste, see, hear and engage with everything in their environment. These early experiences of the world are critical for healthy intellectual, emotional and physical development.

The Detroit Waldorf Early Childhood Center provides a natural and aesthetically pleasing learning environment. Teachers focus on creative free play, both indoors and outdoors, circle and story time, and a consistent daily rhythm for the children.  Free play is a cornerstone of learning in the Early Childhood Center and the basis for building imagination, creativity, problem solving and social skills.  These skills are the foundation for academic learning in the elementary years and beyond.

At Detroit Waldorf School, you will find young children running, skipping, jumping rope, coloring, painting, and modeling with beeswax. Modern brain research has proven that these kinds of activities are crucial to later brain function in adulthood and build fine and gross motor skills used later in reading and writing.

Circle and story time are a daily part of the Waldorf early childhood curriculum. Circle time includes poems, songs, nature stories, classical folk literature, and recitation, giving the children the opportunity to develop a rich vocabulary and practice phonics necessary for reading. Listening skills, comprehension and memory are developed, as well as the ability to focus.

Please contact the school at 313.822.0300 for more information on our Early Childhood programs.

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