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

Early Childhood

No bird soars too high if he soars with his own wings.

~William Blake


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. Young children imitate the world around them and we seek to provide a beautiful environment and purposeful activities. Older children benefit from this same pattern, along with more complex stories, wet-on-wet painting and beeswax sculpting.Autumn digs

We offer two (“Poppies”), three (“Buttercups”) and five-day (“Sunflowers”) programs. Our Morning Kindergarten runs from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. 

9AM – 1PM
9AM – 1PM
9AM – 1PM
Ages 3-5 years old Ages 4-6 years old Ages 3-6 years old
2 days/ week;
Mon. and Tues.
3 days/week;
Wed., Thurs., and Fri.
5 days/week;
Mon. – Fri.



Early Childhood ProgramsOur Early Childhood programs offer a rhythmic pattern of activities, including circle time, indoor play, wholesome meals, outdoor activities, and dramatic plays. Children will learn songs and stories that feed their imaginations and foster a rich vocabulary and love of language. Children will also have plenty of time outside exploring nature, building, and gardening. Young children imitate the world around them and we seek to provide a beautiful environment and a variety of purposeful activities that enrich our children’s hearts, bodies, and minds.

Please see our Financial Commitment page for the current costs associated with each program.

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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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