“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 program starts in September 2018.

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.

Fall Schedule & Age Guide

6 to 12 months old

Monday, Wednesday and/or Friday
11 am to 12:15 pm
September 12 – December 19

$720 (12 classes, once a week)
$1,200 (24 classes, twice a week)

Classes are limited to 5 children

12 to 24 months old

9 am to 10:30 am
September 17 – December 10

$780 (12 classes, once a week)

Classes are limited to 5 children

18 to 36 months old

Wednesday and/or Friday
9 am to 10:15 am
September 12 – December 14

$780 (12 classes, once a week)
$1,320 (24 classes, twice a week)

Classes are limited to 5 children

24 to 36 months old

Tuesday and/or Thursday
9 am to 10:30 am
September 13 – November 20

$650 (10 classes, once a week)
$1,100 (20 classes, twice a week)

Classes are limited to 12 children

Application details

Placement of children in groups is flexible. If you are unsure which group to enroll your child in, please contact our Admissions Director, Nadja Carneol, at ncarneol@steiner.edu or (347) 334-5783.

Families are encouraged to attend more than one class a week. For the toddler groups, you can choose to attend Wednesday and Friday or Tuesday and Thursday.

Classes will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

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.