Parent and Child Playgroup

Age guidelines 

1 to 3

Dates and times 


Due to the Nursery and Prek/K moving locations, we will be unable to hold a Parent-Child class in the Fall.  We look forward to settling into our new home and apologize for the inconvenience.   Please check back in with us about our Spring playgroup option and come on a School Tour or Open House this Fall!


Program details 

The Waldorf Parent and Child Playgroup is a gentle and nurturing program for children 1 to 3 years old, accompanied by a parent.

Our Waldorf Parent and Child Playgroup is a great way to introduce your child to the wonders of Waldorf in a class designed for the child and parent to enjoy together. It is led by an Early Childhood Education Waldorf teacher. Each session includes creative free play, snack preparation, handcrafts, storytime and outdoor play.

Tuition and fees specific to this program 

The fee for the 12 week session is $250. First time attendees receive a copy of the book You Are Your Child's First Teacher.


Faculty and staff for Parent and Child Playgroup

Heidi Anne Porter

Kindergarten Teacher

Heidi has been with Waldorf School of New Orleans since 2002. After participating in several meetings and events designed to promote Waldorf education in New Orleans, she was honored and delighted to be offered the task of creating the school’s kindergarten, which began welcoming children in August of 2003. Heidi received her Waldorf Teacher Training from Rudolf Steiner College in Sacramento, California.

Before becoming a Waldorf teacher, Heidi taught in Westchester, New York, and for seven years in Orleans Parish Public Schools, teaching children with special needs. She was awarded several grants to support her innovative work in the classroom with language development and young children. After becoming a mother, Heidi left the classroom for a few years. She ran a small childcare program in her home for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers. She also created and taught a dance class for toddlers and their parents.

Heidi’s son attended Waldorf School of New Orleans for nine years. Heidi believes that her job as a Waldorf kindergarten teacher offers her the perfect opportunity to indulge in her love of storytelling, child development, sewing, gardening, singing, dancing, community building, and working with parents.

Jan Lopez

Nursery Teacher

Liz Lichtman

Office Manager, Peniston Location

Besides working as the office manager at the Waldorf School, Liz helps run a community bike shop in the upper 9th ward (called RUBARB) in which people come to work on and learn about bikes, and kids participate in an earn-a-bike program, art projects, and field trips. Before her New Orleans life, she served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Malawi, got her Master's degree in International Education, and explored South America and Southeast Asia. She enjoys music, food, laughter, traveling by bike, and her favorite Sunday thing to do is attending second line parades. She admires people who grow their own food, build things, and have creative minds. She's grateful to have the opportunity to work with the Waldorf School! 

Liz is currently on Maternity Leave, and her replacement has yet to be determined.