Early Childhood Program

“Children who live in an atmosphere of love and warmth, and who
have around them truly good examples to imitate, are living in their
proper element.”
— Rudolf Steiner, The Education of the Child

At Swallowtail, we recognize the significance of the growing years to the young child. We provide a learning environment filled with warmth, joy, imagination, simplicity, and safety. The Early Childhood classrooms are an environment that support and nourish all areas of your child's early development.

The Early Childhood Program is an extension of the home - a place where the child is comfortable and safe; a place that builds confidence, character, and social independence. We embrace early childhood as a time of rapid development in the discovery of the child and the child's relationship to the world.

The teachers take great care in planning indoor and outdoor exploration. A rhythm is created that guides the child's days, weeks, and year through activities that are meaningful and that the child can embrace in an age-appropriate manner.


Swallowtail offers an Early Childhood Program for infants through age six:

The Caterpillar Pre-School is for 3 & 4 year old children, some of whom will be away from their parents for the very first time. The gentle rhythm of the class supports the needs of the younger child and focuses on socialization through active play and imitation. Children may attend the Sunflower Pre-School for three or four days a week. Classes are held Tuesday-Thursday or Tuesday-Friday from 8:45am-1:00pm. Extended Care is also available before and after school.

Swallowtail School offers two Mixed Age Kindergarten Classrooms (Butterfly & Dragonfly), each serving children ages three to six. The Kindergarten program is designed to support the healthy development of a young child through a rhythm that moves between focused activities and individually initiated activities. Both of our Kindergartens spend Fridays on the Farm campus in the Fall and Spring. Classes are held Monday-Friday from 8:45am-1:00 pm. Extended Care is also available before and after school.

Parent-Child Classes are for children from birth to age 3, to be attended with a parent or guardian. Parents and caregivers will be led in circle time, snack, and age-appropriate projects with their children. Parent-Child Classes are held on Mondays from 8:45am-11:15am.

  • Parent-Child Sessions for 2018-19 School Year are 9-weeks long. Session 1 is Sept. 10-Nov. 5 (FULL), Session 2 is Nov. 26-March 5, Session 3 is March 11-May 21.

  • Cost is $200 per session ($25 per additional sibling)

Learn more about how the Waldorf curriculum meets the needs of Early Childhood development.