Parent & Child at Charlottesville Waldorf

The CWS Parent & Child program engages children and their caretakers in a morning rich with opportunities for connection, community, and creativity.

Welcome! CWS’s Parent & Child program enrolls children ages 18 months – 3 years, and their parents or caregivers. Our vibrant Parent & Child program serves both parents and children in our weekly classes.

The Parent & Child program at CWS provides a warm meeting place where parents can connect with each other, learn from experienced teachers, and create community with other parents of young children. Children are engaged in baking, singing, story-telling, unstructured playtime both indoors and outdoors, and creating art to bring home.

Parent and Child Classes

Forest Parent-Child Class | Parent-Child Class

Forest Parent & Child Class with Miss Anne

Join our Forest Parent & Child class, taught by Anne Coyner on Thursday mornings.

Experience the seasons like never before as we explore in the forest each day. Participate in our invigorating circle – where songs, movement, and storytelling are interwoven to present a living literary experience enjoyed by both parents and children. Crafts are offered that appeal to adults and children in their simplicity and beauty. Forest class participants receive parent education articles by the instructor each week on various topics on child development: benefits of time outside in nature, sharing, social conflict, creating rhythm in the home, schedule overwhelm, upholding seasonal traditions, and more. Circle and snack-time will be offered indoors on extremely cold mornings.

Each session (Fall, Winter, Spring) is 9 weeks with a cost of $195. Classes meet on Thursday mornings from 9 AM to 11 AM. Parents provide snacks on a rotating basis with allergy-friendly options available. 

Spring Session: 3/7, 3/14, 3/21, 3/28, 4/11, 4/18, 4/25, 5/2, 5/9 *full*

Summer Session now enrolling!

Forest Parent & Child Class Registration

NOTE: No application is required. Registration is on a first-come basis.

Baby and Me: Parent & Infant Class
with Miss Dianne

Join our Baby & Me class in the Nursery Cottage for parents or caregivers and babies ages 6-weeks through crawling.

The Baby & Me Class is a unique opportunity to meet other parents/caregivers at this wondrous time in your baby’s life – sharing your experience and celebrating the journey together. Adults will find a welcoming environment to share questions, experiences, and insights about infant development. Conversations and observations invite parents to reflect on ways to navigate parenting with care and respect for their children and themselves, nourishing and strengthening their family life. Tea provided, feel free to bring your own lunch.

Class includes:

  • time for sharing challenges and milestones
  • time devoted to observation and discussion of self-directed movement and the growing independence of each infant

Discussion topics may include:

  • birth stories
  • breastfeeding/validating non-breastfeeding moms
  • introducing solids & weaning
  • respectful care
  • rhythm
  • warmth
  • sleep (infant and parent)
  • the philosophy behind CWS’ Early Childhood program

Fridays, 12:30 – 2:00 pm

Program will form based upon interest. Please email for more information.

Parent & Child Class with Miss Dianne

Join our long-standing Parent & Child classes taught by Dianne Bearinger on Monday and Friday mornings in the Nursery Cottage.

Monday classes enjoy baking bread together, while Fridays mean preparing baked apples with cinnamon — and all classes are served homemade herbal teas. Children enjoy unstructured play-time followed by singing and poetry. Parents and children share in a communal snack, enjoy crafts, and play outside among the trees and sandbox in our early childhood play-yard. In this intimate class setting with only 6 children enrolled, parents and children alike are nurtured with opportunities to create community and learn from Miss Dianne — who brings 30+ years of experience working with children and their parents in the Charlottesville area.

Each 8-week session (Fall I, Winter, Spring I) has a cost of $175. Each 7-week session (Fall II) has a cost of $155. Each 6-week session (Spring II, Summer) has a cost of $135. Classes meet on Monday and Friday mornings from 9:30 to 11:30 AM. Snacks are provided by the program. Openings are available in the following sessions:

2019 Summer Session Monday (6 weeks): 7/1, 7/8, 7/15, 7/22, 7/29, 8/5

Parent & Child Class with Miss Dianne Registration

NOTE: No application is required. Registration is on a first-come basis

For more information, to request an information/admissions packet, or to schedule a private tour contact our Enrollment Team at or by phone at 434-973-4946, x102.

Supporting a healthy childhood includes nurturing the parenting journey, honoring the needs of both parents and children along the way.