Phone: (831) 425-0519



We honor the special developmental process of Preschool and Kindergarten ages and hold off on more formal academics until the child exhibits readiness, especially physical signs of readiness, for academic and intellectual activities. Waldorf Preschool allows children to come to self-consciousness at their own pace, building a solid foundation of physical health.

The Preschool Program

Our Preschool program is for children preparing for Kindergarten. Children can begin in the Preschool program at age 3, once potty trained. Young children are trying to grasp the world around them and their primary mode of learning is imitation. Actions speak louder than words to the young child, so teachers carefully choose the activities they wish to model for the children, and how they speak in the children’s environment. A key element is in creating situations where the children can learn out of their own initiative and doing. Rather than instructing, the teacher guides the children by their own deeds and gestures as much as is possible. Through movement, crafts, and domestic activities, the Preschool child is helped in taking hold of his/her body and learning to use it more skillfully.

“What can be accomplished with forces available only at a later time should never be crammed into an earlier stage, unless one is prepared to damage the physical organism”
-Rudolf Steiner

The Santa Cruz Waldorf School has one Preschool and two Kindergarten classes. The Kindergarten classes serve children from 4 years 9 months to 6 years of age. The Preschool class is a mixed-age group, ranging in age from potty-trained 3-year-olds to Kindergarten entrance.

Preschool days/hours: Monday – Thursday 8:30am – 12:45pm (half day); 8:30am – 3pm (full day)

Kindergarten days/hours: Monday – Friday 8:30 – 1pm (aftercare available until 5:30pm)

Our Preschool and Kindergarten are currently full for the 2019-20 school year. Applications for the 2020-21 school year will be available online October 1st, 2019. Please join us for An Introduction to Waldorf Early Childhood, registration is required. Please see our home page, and scroll down to Upcoming Events for program dates. For more information, or to register for the program, please contact our Enrollment Director, Samantha Zenack at (831) 824-2161 or



Phone: (831) 824-2161
Address: 2190 Empire Grade
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Location: Next to UCSC,
10 minutes from downtown
Aftercare: After 1PM, Aftercare can be reached at (831) 425-0346
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