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 offered Monday, Thursday, and Friday mornings.

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.

CWS offers 3 programs:

Forest Parent-Child Class | Parent-Infant Class | Parent-Child Class

Forest Parent & Child Class with Miss Anne

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

Winter Session: 12/6, 12/13, 12/20, 1/10, 1/17, 1/24, 1/31, 2/7, 2/14

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

Forest Parent & Child Class Registration

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

Parent & Infant Class with Ms Dianne

The Parent-Baby Class is a unique opportunity to meet other parents/caregivers at this incredible 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 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.

Class begins with lunch and conversation. Each parent/caregiver has a chance to share the joys and challenges of the week. Then, everyone moves to the play area and enjoys some floor time, noting the developmental movement patterns of the children and often replicating the movement for a deeper appreciation of this stage. 

  • For caregivers and babies ages 6-weeks through creeping
  • 5–7 families per session
  • Fall, Winter, Spring 8 week sessions, $175
  • Fridays, 12:30 – 2:00 pm
    • (after Parent-Child class)
  • each week includes songs, simple games, and observation/discussion
  • Discussion topics may include:
    • birth stories
    • breastfeeding/introducing solids/weaning/validating non-breastfeeding moms
    • foundational senses
      • sense of touch
      • well being/life
      • movement
      • balance
    • 2 main principles from Emmi Pikler:
      • respectful care
      • self-initiated movement/development (preemies too)
    • the philosophy behind CWS’ Early Childhood program
    • rhythm
    • warmth
    • sleep (infant and parent)
    • relationship with partner

Parent & Child Class with Ms Dianne

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

Fall II Session Monday (7 weeks): 11/5, 11/12, 11/19, 11/26, 12/3, 12/10, 12/17 **FULL, waitlist forming**

Fall II Session Friday (6 weeks): 11/9, 11/16, 11/30, 12/7, 12/14, 12/21 **FULL, waitlist forming**

Winter Session Monday (8 weeks): 1/7, 1/14, 1/28, 2/4, 2,11, 2/18, 2/25, 3/4 **FULL, waitlist forming**

Winter Session Friday (8 weeks): 1/11, 1/18, 1/25, 2/1, 2/8, 2/15, 2/22, 3/1

Spring I Session Monday (8 weeks): 3/11, 3/18, 3/25, 4/8, 4/15, 4/22, 4/29, 5/6

Spring I Session Friday (8 weeks): 3/8, 3/22, 3/29, 4/12, 4/19, 4/26, 5/3, 5/10

Spring II Session Monday (6 weeks): 5/6, 5/13, 5/20, 6/3, 6/10, 6/17

Spring II Session Friday (6 weeks): 5/17, 5/24, 5/31, 6/7, 6/14, 6/21

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

Summer Session Friday (6 weeks): 7/12, 7/19, 7/26, 8/2, 8/9, 8/16

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.