Parent Child Program

Our Hollyhock Parent Child classes provide an opportunity to support your child’s development and make lasting connections with other families in a class facilitated by an experienced teacher.  Classes are held in a peaceful, home-like environment, carefully arranged for creative play. Parent Child classes are the perfect preparation for Waldorf education for the very young child.

Fall Program Information 
This Fall, our Parent + Child Classes will be run by two lovely facilitators, Mary Nichols and Danielle Murphy Faris, on two different days. Mary's classes will meet on Saturdays and Danielle's will be held Mondays. Both days of classes have two age groups - one class for 6-18 month olds and another for 19 - 36 month old children.  Each class will meet 6 times beginning the second week of October. Read on for more details on times, dates and pricing.

Saturdays with Mary

Class Age Range Times Dates (6 Sessions) Cost
6-18 Months 11:00 am - 12:15 pm

October 8, 15, 22 & November 5, 12, 19

19 - 36 Months 9:00 am - 10:30 am October 8, 15, 22 & November 5, 12, 19 $250

Meet your Saturday facilitator... 

Mary Nichols is a mother of 3 and grandmother of 5 young children and has been married for 40 years to her husband Rich. Mary has loved and been involved with Waldorf Education since 1995, when she brought her children to the Davis Waldorf School.  

Mary is a graduate of Rudolf Steiner College and has completed the Foundations program and the Early Childhood program. She taught as a lead preschool teacher for 11 years at the Davis Waldorf School and ran a home program for 2 years, before the pandemic.  She is excited to be back at the Davis Waldorf School and looks forward to meeting new little ones and families of the Hollyhock Program. 


Mondays with Danielle

Class Age Range Times Dates (6 Sessions) Cost
6-18 Months 11:00 am - 12:15 pm

October 10, 17, 24 & November 7, 14, 28

19 - 36 Months 9:00 am - 10:30 am October 10, 17, 24  & November 7, 14, 28 $250

Meet your Monday facilitator... 
Danielle Murphy Faris returned to our school in 2019 after a nine year absence.  In the past at DWS, she worked as a preschool assistant and assisted in the kindergarten nap-program and aftercare. During those nine years away, Danielle assisted in the kindergarten classroom at Cedar Springs Waldorf School and completed her Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Contemplative Psychology specializing in Early Childhood Development and Holistic Nutrition ,respectively.

Danielle is a Sacramento Waldorf graduate herself, and has attended many lectures and conferences through the Rudolf Steiner College. She attended Davis Waldorf school's Parent-Child program with her own son for over two years and is both a Certified Mindful Parenting Coach through the Jai Institute as well as on the path to becoming a Certified RIE Associate. Her passion is helping families integrate mindful practices early on for a more harmonious and balanced home life through strengthening the parent-child relationship. She enjoys spending time outdoors with her family, and is delighted to be part of the Davis Waldorf School community again.



Waldorf Early Childhood work is based on the ideas of Rudolf Steiner.
We work from these following themes:

  • Young children learn through imitation. 
  • Rhythm in the home and school life helps the child feel secure and builds an inner self discipline. 
  • Children need the protection of the senses in the early years and deserve to be surrounded by goodness and beauty. 
  • Children’s play is their work and is an important part of their healthy development. 
  • Play connected to the seasons of the year as much as possible is wholesome for the young child and engenders a love of our Earth. 
  • Our children are our greatest teachers.

Class Descriptions 
Mobile Baby (6 to 15 months old)
The newly mobile baby moves around the room, encounters other children, and is interested in things farther away - travels away from the parent or caregiver, and then returns. Simple toys to discover are placed in the environment, and simple platforms and low ramps are offered for their first climbing adventures. Parents and caregivers learn how to create environments that are safe for the young explorer and learn about developmental movements and social development; as well as learn ways to resolve small conflicts that may begin to arise over a toy or personal space or the challenge of a new task taken up by the child. Songs/nursery rhymes are introduced and a very short interactive song/story comes at the end of the class.

16 to 23 month olds
Children have the opportunity to explore, imitate, play in more daring and creative ways, learn simple finger games and enjoy a snack together.  Caregivers will observe and support, learn new strategies around conflict resolution and boundary setting and meet new friends. 

2 to 3 year olds
The child's imagination is encouraged through indoor play, song, stories, and games. More opportunities for gross motor development happen with more challenging environments and play.  A simple snack is shared. Our teacher guides children through new skills and parents observe and support their children, learn strategies around conflict resolution and boundary setting and meet new friends.