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Early Childhood

We believe the road to lifelong learning begins with play.

Waldorf education celebrates and builds upon the natural wonder, curiosity, and imagination of young children, nurturing students we look forward to knowing for years to come. Young children need time to explore and experiment in a safe environment with responsive adults. This feeling of safety and connection is what allows children to have fun and open up to new discoveries. Through close listening and observation, our teachers come to understand the unique interests, needs, and personality of each child.

Days in our early childhood programs have a rhythm of structured and unstructured activities that feed developing minds and bodies. At the same time, these activities nourish the social and emotional needs of children making their first friends and discovering independence. Free play, practical work, song and story offer multisensory experiences and build foundational skills for mathematics, sciences and language. Cooking, gardening, movement and outdoor exploration create opportunities to count, classify, measure and observe nature, leading to a genuine curiosity for learning and wonder. All of these opportunities help the children establish a healthy, balanced foundation for life.

For our youngest children we cultivate a beautiful, harmonious environment that encourages learning through doing, engages motor skills, evokes wonder, and gives young children the freedom to follow their natural curiosity. In our experience, this is a path that creates life-long learners.

We offer a variety of schedules to accommodate different needs. Our mixed-age kindergarten has a five-day (MON-FRI) and three-day (MON-WED) options. Our mixed-age nursery has five-day (MON-FRI), three-day (MON-WED), and two day (THU-FRI) options.

Length of day options are: 8:30 - 12:00 and 8:30 - 3:00. We may offer 8:30 - 5:30 if there is sufficient interest.

Please note: Children must be three years old by December 31 to be considered for nursery. Children in their final year of kindergarten must attend Monday-Friday.

Learn more about the Admissions Process

To begin a simple application process and get in touch with our Admissions Office, please submit an inquiry form or call our Admissions Office at 207-865-3900 x103.

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We encourage all to inquire and apply to MCWS.