Garden Gate Preschool in Columbia Missouri is a Waldorf inspired early child development education full of joy and light

About Us

Post Pic

Garden Gate School provides children aged 3-6 with a home-like environment to gently transition into school. Our 2,3, and 5 day programs are rich with outdoor adventures, organic gardening, nature stories, wholesome snacks, music and imaginative play.

Read More

Early Childhood Programs

Post Pic

All of the programs offer three through six year olds the security of rhythmic activities attuned to nature; songs, stories and circle time that speak to their imaginations, plenty of time outside playing, building with what nature provides and taking care of the garden ...

Read More


Post Pic

“The heart of the Waldorf method is the conviction that education is an art — it must speak to the child’s experience. To educate the whole child his heart and will must be reached as well as his mind.”
- Rudolf Steiner
Explore our educational philosophy ...

Read More


“Having had our young children attend a Waldorf-inspired school in Chicago, we were delighted to learn about Garden Gate School. Garden Gate’s community of parents and teachers quickly made our new city feel like home. Everything about Garden Gate is so wholesome, and the smells of the delicious snack cooking in the morning made me want to go back to pre-school! Our children blossomed under the caring guidance of the teachers and the rich and diverse curriculum that emphasizes nature, imaginative play, music, and creative art.”

- Kristin Flynn-Peters, Former Garden Gate parent (2009-2011)

Click here to view our virtual tour!

Eco-Healthy Childcare certification

Garden Gate School is the only childcare in central Missouri certified as an Eco-Healthy Childcare. The certification requirements include compliance to standards regarding air quality, pest control, all-natural toys and materials, non-toxic cleaning and art supplies, lead/mercury/radon regulations, and more!

Recent and Upcoming: