Parent-Child and Family Support Activities

The first three years of life are a wonder-filled time when the child’s greatest desire is to experience the world through his or her own efforts. These programs offer an opportunity for children and parents to share an educational experience in a supportive and peaceful environment. Hawthorne Valley Early Childhood Program faculty offer a range of support programs for families. Please call the Admissions Office for availability, 518-672-7092 x111.


Parent-Child Classes

We are currently accepting applications for Fall, Winter and Spring sessions. Click here for the current schedule and pricing.

To apply, print and return the Parent Child Application to John Darby via email (you can either scan it, or photograph it to send it electronically), or mail to Hawthorne Valley Waldorf School, Admissions, 330 County Route 21C, Ghent, NY 12075.

For more information, please contact our Admissions Office, (518) 672-7092 x 111.

Parents or other caregivers with babies and toddlers ages birth to 3 years journey through seasonal activities that support social learning in an inspired setting.

The Baby Garden: (birth-18 months | meets Mondays) Tea and conversation centered on child development, health, nutrition, and life rhythms.

Robin’s Nest: (18 months-3 years | choose Thursdays or Fridays) Parents and children are warmly invited to a morning of play, song, and puppet stories.

Bluebird’s Nest: (18 months-3 years | meets Saturdays) same as Robin’s Nest.


Family Support Activities

In addition to our ongoing parent-child classes, we offer occasional additional programming for families with young children. Pre-registration is required. Please check this page for future program dates, or send us an email to be added to our notification list, and we’ll contact you when new dates have been scheduled.


Storytelling and Puppetry Events

The Magical Puppet Tree offers exceptional experiences in storytelling and puppetry arts.


Seasonal Nature Walks

Parents interested in experiencing our Early Childhood Programs are invited to bring their children on selected Friday morning walks with the Kindergarten. Please contact Janene Ping.