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


“Education is a social process; education is growth; education is not preparation for life but is life itself.”
~John Dewey

Garden Gate School seeks to enrich the lives of mid-Missouri children, their families, and communities. Garden Gate is inspired by the ideas of Rudolf Steiner, Vivian Paley, John Dewey, Richard Louv, Karen Le Billon as well and others.  We believe in honoring early childhood as a time to imitate and explore through experience; engaging young imaginations through storytelling; attending to the rhythms, cycles, and patterns of nature in all we do; and awakening the child’s capacities to live  joyfully with others. Our school has been in operation since 2007, inspiring families to simplify their lives and address their needs holistically.

We offer 2, 3, and 5-day programs for children ages three through six. In using both age and individually appropriate experiences and materials, we hope to nurture the grounds of adult intellectual creativity, health and love of learning.

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News and Events

  • April 22, 2016 – Spring Fundraiser
    TBD, General
  • April 24, 2016 – Earth Day Festival
    TBD, General
  • May 1, 2016 – May Pole Festival
    TBD, General
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