Birth to Three Program
The Child and Family in the First Three Years - the foundation of the early childhood teacher's work.
This course is an integrated program of study that provides a philosophical, practical, and artistic foundation for the care of young children and for supporting family life.
The Birth to Three program is offered every year over thirteen months, with a three-week residential session each summer and six-day intensives in the fall and spring. This course has been expanded to 300 hours to meet requirements WECAN established in Fall 2019.
Waldorf education forms the basis of the program, complemented by the work and research of the Pikler Institute in Hungary.
Each residential program module includes core thematic studies of the development of infants and young children. Gifted and devoted faculty lead movement, experiential learning, handcraft, and artistic experiences. Reading, journaling, the art of observation, time for reflection with classmates and support for individual questions arising from each student is integral to the residential modules.
Tuition for 2020-2021 is $11,190.
Is this program for you?
Are you a teachers who facilitate parent-infant and parent-toddler classes and/or work with expectant parents?
Are you an Early childhood teacher working with infants and toddlers?
Are you an early childhood teacher wishing to deepen your understanding of these early years as a foundation to your work with nursery and kindergarten children?
Are you a childcare provider in a center or home-based care program?
If you answered YES! to any of these
then this program is for you!
"I would absolutely recommend this training to anyone that works with young children. They could really beneﬁt from the experiences and the information that we get here. It is such a great mix of hands-on experiential learning, and also discussion and reading material. It is just so rich. It all comes together, ﬁts together, relates together, and it gives you a really clear picture of what is needed in our work. "
— SHANA RAMIREZ, program participant
Course Themes, Birth to Three
• Waldorf education’s insights into the physical, cognitive, social-emotional,and spiritual development ofthe infant, young child, and family.
• The Pikler Institute’s research and practice in infant and toddler motor development and care.
• The sensory development of the infant, toddler, and young child and the support for its healthy unfolding.
• Creating and supporting play as a primary learning experience for infants, toddlers, and nursery ages.
• Working with parents.
• Creating programs for infants, toddlers, nursery groups, and parent and child programs.
• Studies in anthroposophy, Rudolf Steiner’s philosophy, as a support for the inner development of ourselves as teachers and understanding the relationship between the human being and the world.
• Gender and Inclusion
• Artistic and craft activity: creative speech, singing for the early childhood years, storytelling and puppetry, wool felting and doll making, a repertoire of songs and games of Wilma Ellersiek just for young children.
• Personal movement capacities in Spacial Dynamics® and eurythmy.
• Mentored teaching practice.
• Personal research project.