There are just over 120 Waldorf preschools in North America. This philosophy was based on Austrian philosopher Rudolph Steiner in the early 1900s.
In this program the classroom offers plenty of opportunity for dramatic, imitative, and creative play, as well as an emphasis on practical activities such as gardening and cooking. Academics are de-emphasized and there is a strong importance on developing the child's senses. A major difference with this curriculum is, if a child stays in the Waldorf school, he or she will continue with the same teacher for eight years. The goal of this practice is to promote encouragement and understanding of each individual child.