Early Childhood Admissions

In the Early Childhood (EC) program, we offer mixed-aged pre-kindergarten classes for children ages 2 ½ - 3½, and Kindergarten classes for children ages 3½ - 6 yrs. at locations in Rogers Park, (1300 W. Loyola) and Lincoln Square, (2156 W. Montrose). Here are descriptions and videos of our Waldorf Early Childhood classroom experience. We consider EC applications for children who turn two by June 1st of the year they enroll. We also offer programs for younger toddlers (ages baby-2 ½ years) in the Parent-Child Program with options available at both campus locations.

This enrollment page lists the entire process for applying to the Early Childhood program.
We are currently accepting applications for 2016-17.
Follow the checklist below to ensure a complete submission of all materials.

Please direct all Early Childhood application inquiries to:
Jennifer Zielinski  / 773.828.8468  /  jzielinski@chicagowaldorf.org.

Application Checklist for the Early Childhood Program

Begin your online application here:

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<<   Our online process allows you to input
       information, save it in stages, and edit your
       application until you are ready to submit it


Admission Process

The enrollment staff works collaboratively with faculty to facilitate an admissions process that is professional, meaningful and pedagogically sound. The most important criterion is that the family value and support a Waldorf educational philosophy.

Upon receipt of a complete application, the Enrollment Office will contact you to coordinate a playgroup with 4-5 application families and EC teachers. An Early Childhood teacher facilitates the playgroup which lasts 45 minutes, and includes free play and circle time. At the same time, another teacher and an Enrollment Office representative meets informally with parents/guardians in the adjacent room and answers questions. Parents always have the option for an individual conversation with a teacher if they express interest. Teachers may also request an individual meeting following the observation.

Admission Decision and Notification

Decisions are made by the Early Childhood faculty. Notification will be sent in writing within three weeks of the playgroup or as soon as possible once a decision has been made for summer or mid-year applicants.


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Financial Aid: Tuition Adjustment and Sibling Discount
Visit the Tuition & Financial Aid pages for specific information regarding tuition adjustment and sibling discount.

Notice of Nondiscrimination Policy
The Chicago Waldorf School does not discriminate against qualified applicants for employment or admissions to the school on the basis of race, color, creed, gender, national or ethnic origin, sexual orientation, religion, age, or disability in the administration of its educational policies, scholarship, tuition adjustment, athletic, and other school-administrated programs.

Contact Jennifer Zielinski at 773.828.8468 with questions about the Early Childhood Program.
Contact Lisa Payton at 773.465.2371 to schedule a visit or RSVP for a Tour & Orientation.