E A R L Y    C H I L D H O O D

Up to the age of six, children learn by actively engaging in the world. Our preschool and kindergarten classes offer children ample opportunity to build, dig, climb, garden, sing, listen to stories and cook. Unstructured free play allows a child to learn through doing and to develop collaboration and social skills. Whether it’s the words of a song, activities of the day, or the seasons –  regular rhythm develops a feeling of security in a child, allowing him to move through the world with ease and confidence. Our early childhood teachers are Waldorf-trained in the social, physical and emotional development of young children. The seeds planted in our Early Childhood Program will manifest later in your child’s life as a love of learning, social and emotional intelligence, the ability to think creatively and solve problems, an appreciation for beauty and the arts and a deeper connection to the world.


Early Childhood Center Campus, 212 Lake Ave

Our Early Childhood Center is located a short walk from our Lower School and across from Eastside Recreational Park. Children experience intimate and nurturing classrooms and a play yard and gardens within a friendly neighborhood setting.


Forest Kindergarten Campus, 45 Kaydeross Avenue West

Located on Spa State Park land, the Forest Kindergarten features numerous forested hiking trails and ample yard space for climbing, gardening, digging, playing, and working.  A restored farmhouse provides a nurturing indoor space for a nutritious organic lunch, rest, and respite from extreme weather.

Multi-aged Kindergartens For Three to Six-Year-Olds:

Rose and Morning Glory Kindergartens at the Early Childhood Center

A typical day at the Early Childhood Center includes circle time, free play, group activity, clean up, rest, snack, story time, outdoor play, and a good-bye circle. A sense of rhythm is stressed throughout the year by integrating festivals and seasonal stories into the curriculum. Children acquire a strong foundation for future academic learning in a peaceful and warm way:

~ Songs and nursery rhymes cultivate an intimacy with language

~ Oral stories, puppet shows, and dramatic play strengthen the memory, imagination, comprehension and vocabulary

~ Games and rhythmic activities enhance balance and gross motor development

~ Practical work develops coordination and concentration

~ Artistic activities develop the senses and fine motor skills

~ Free play strengthens imagination, social skills, problem-solving, executive functions and more

Three and Five-Day Programs

Monday through Friday from 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM

Lunch Provided
Aftercare available until 5:00 PM


Birch Tree and Maple Kindergartens at the Forest Kindergarten Campus

Still a rarity in the US, this outdoor-based program established in 2009 is modeled after similar programs now popular throughout Europe. Children spend most of the day outside year-round. In addition to the traditional Waldorf Kindergarten curriculum outlined above, nature is front and center in the Forest Kindergarten experience. Always changing, nature provides new problems to solve and situations to explore depending on the season and weather.

Three and Five-Day Programs

Monday through Friday from 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM

Lunch provided

Aftercare available until 5:00 PM

Two-Day Preschool for Two to Three-Year-Olds

A two-day program that allows children to explore their surroundings and interact with their peers at their own pace while enhancing the development of large motor skills, sensory awareness, social interactions and language.  A typical day includes outdoor and indoor play, songs and verses, snack and finger games.

Early Childhood Center Campus: Thursday and Friday, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Forest Kindergarten Campus: Tuesday and Wednesday, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM


Elisabeth Garofalo

Director of Admissions


62 York Avenue

Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 

518-587-2224 Phone
















“Every child begins the world again, to some extent, and loves to stay outdoors, even in wet and cold. It plays house, as well as horse, having an instinct for it...At last we know not what it is to live in the open air, and our lives are domestic in more senses than we think.”

― Henry David ThoreauWalden

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