Green Meadow Waldorf School Opens Early Childhood Center at Tappan Hill School

Green Meadow Waldorf School is expanding into Tarrytown with the opening of their Early Childhood Center, located at Tappan Hill School. This location at 50 Ichabod Lane will offer a chance for parents to have high-quality Waldorf Early Childhood programs right in the neighborhood.

The expansion is in response to strong demand for Waldorf Education among parents in Westchester, especially the Tarrytown area. “This is our first satellite location and the response from local families has been outstanding,” said Vicki Larson, Director of Communications at the  School. “Our main campus is flourishing, and this second location provides an opportunity to bridge the gap between Westchester and our 62-year old school in Chestnut Ridge, in Rockland.”

The Early Childhood Center at Tappan Hill School has been transformed into a traditional Waldorf environment: home-like, beautiful, and safe. The Nursery/ Kindergarten curriculum is comprised of watercolor painting, bread baking, puppet shows, outdoor free play, story and circle time and more, all of which build social and language skills and form the foundation for future academic achievement.

Enrollment is now open for two nursery/kindergarten classes beginning in September (one in English, the other in Japanese, both serving ages 3-6), as well as Parent & Child classes for babies and toddlers from birth to 3. Other family events at the center in the fall will include nature walks and educational film screenings for adults.

Waldorf Education is now the fastest-growing independent school movement worldwide, and Introductory Sessions at the school draw upwards of 30 parents per month. A recent Green Meadow puppet show at Tarrytown’s Warner Library attracted over 100 people.

Nearly 350 students from 13 counties and almost 90 towns attend the independent Green Meadow Waldorf School. Located about 20 miles north of New York City in Chestnut Ridge, Green Meadow serves students from birth through grade 12.

There are approximately 300 Waldorf schools in the U.S. and nearly 1,000 around the world, which now includes schools on every continent.  The curriculum is based on the philosophy of Rudolf Steiner, who founded the first Waldorf School in Germany in 1919. Green Meadow offers developmentally based, challenging academic coursework infused with the arts.  Students are exposed to diverse disciplines and can choose traditional classes such as modern languages and sciences while also learning practical arts, such as knitting, blacksmithing, and woodworking. The school also limits the use of technology and media for younger students, which is now understood by researchers as essential to protecting the developing brain. 

For more information: Contact Vicki Larson at 845-356-2514 ext. 311 or vlarson@gmws.org.

Green Meadow Waldorf School is an accredited full member of the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America (AWSNA), an association that strengthens and supports Waldorf schools and informs the public of the benefits of Waldorf education.  Green Meadow is also an accredited member of the New York State Association of Independent Schools (NYSAIS), a voluntary association of more than 140 independent schools in the state of New York.

 

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