“The Waldorf Parent-Child Program is a peaceful safe haven. Here, toddlers play calmly and learn a different way of being… it is far more than a way to pass the time with your child – it is a window into a slower, more tranquil way of life.”


Rudolf Steiner School's Parent-Child Program offers classes for 6-36 month olds and their parents/caregivers.

The outdoor program has a gentle rhythm, with extensive time for free play in nature. We want to offer children the space and time to experience the amazing feelings and challenges of being outdoors, exploring nature and enjoying the change of seasons. Our main toys will be the dirt, rocks, sticks and leaves, and the all-time favorites, puddles and mud! Adults will also have a chance to connect with other parents and caregivers. Our teachers will bring joyful songs, finger and lap games, and a short puppet story to enjoy together.

Parent-Child Program – Spring, 2021

It was a joy to spend the Fall engaging with families in our outdoor Parent-Child program. We are happy to share that will resume our outdoor Parent-Child Program in the Spring in our beautiful Central Park.

Mondays and/or Wednesdays, 20 months to 3 years old

April 19 to May 26 (6 classes)
Price: $270
Time: 9:30 AM to 11 AM
Location: Cedar Hill, Central Park (79thStreet South East entrance)

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We look forward to being together soon!

In our Parent-Child Program, each session guides parents in recognizing and supporting their children’s emerging interests and abilities.

Rudolf Steiner School’s expert and nurturing teachers create a loving and safe environment for babies and toddlers to engage in free, self-initiated play. Simple toys made of natural materials, such as wood and wool, allow children to deeply explore their senses and capacities. Activities include bread baking, and learning songs and finger games to use at home to enliven children’s imagination.

Adults will find a welcoming environment to share questions, experiences, and insights about their children and their own development as parents. Conversations and observations invite parents to reflect on ways to navigate parenting with care and respect for their children and themselves, and to nourish and strengthen their family life.

For our incoming Nursery families, the Spring session of the Parent-Child Program has been a great support in transitioning families into a gentle start in September. Children and parents get to know each other and spend time together, sharing expectations, doubts and insights on their upcoming shift from home to a school environment.

Outdoor Parent-Child Program


Meet the expert, nurturing educators who will guide you and your children.

Rudolf Steiner School follows the Waldorf model of education. Our Parent-Child Program meets every child at their stage of development.

Our Parent-Child classes evolve according to the children’s changing needs—from gentle songs for babies to emotional support in first social interactions of toddlers.

Rudolf Steiner School is an oasis nestled in the heart of Manhattan. Our students develop a deep love for, and understanding of, nature from an early age. In the spring, we offer an outdoor Parent-Child Program that takes place in neighboring Central Park. This gives families a glimpse into the importance of the outdoor component of our school curriculum in grades Nursery-12.

The Parent-Child Program is a family’s first step into our school’s vibrant community. Parents are invited to attend lectures on child development and education, and to participate in school events, such as the Fall Fair, apple picking, musical concerts, and more. Weekly craft sessions and workshops are also a wonderful way of finding support and friendship.


Please fill out a registration form and we will contact you by e-mail to acknowledge receipt of your form and inform you of availability and/or placement in our waiting pool.

  • Placement of children in groups is flexible. If you are unsure which group to enroll your child in, contact us at
  • To secure your place, payments must be made within 7 days of receiving our e-mail confirming your place in a group.
  • We cannot offer make-ups or trials due to limited spaces in classes. There are no refunds for missed classes.
  • We offer full pro-rated refunds (minus a $25 administrative fee) when enrollment is canceled before the third class of a season.