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Enrollment Procedures

We are reaching out to those on our waitlist for Fall 2025 preschool. We are currently full in our Toddler and Infant programs. We encourage all interested families to join our waitlist as soon as possible. Spots are typically available in May of each year. Once your child has a spot, you are welcome to schedule a walk through to see the facility and meet staff. Your child will be considered enrolled once all paperwork is filled out and the registration fee has been paid.

  • Yearly enrollment/supply fee of $200 – due when signing up or each September.
  • A signed statement that the Parent Handbook has been read
  • An agreement to attend required parent-caregiver meetings
  • Medical alert form and history
  • Emergency cards
  • Immunization record or waiver
  • Any required school transportation forms
  • Any other required forms for the child’s file


When the enrollment fee and all completed forms have been received, your child will be considered enrolled. Palmer LifeWays serves up to 60 children ages 6 weeks to 12 years of age. “In-service” care will be available for school age children. Limited spots will be available and children must be signed up in advance.

    Infants and Toddlers Admissions

    In addition to meeting the staff, parents of infants and toddlers will create an Infant/Toddler schedule that includes the following:

    • Schedule of meals and feeding
    • Types of food introduced and timetable for new foods
    • Toileting and diapering procedures
    • Sleep and nap schedule
    • The child’s way of communicating and being comforted
    • Developmental and health history

    Preschool Program

    We are offering 2 preschool programs for the 2024-2025 school year.

    Our yurt program is for children who are 4 and will turn 5 by January 2025. 

    Our program in the main building is for children between the ages of 3-4. Children must be 3 by September 1st and potty trained to enroll in preschool.

      Pricing Information

      July 1, 2024 – June 30, 2025

      Part Time – Up to 5 hours (Morning or Afternoon only)
      Full Day/Time – 5 to 9.5 hours per day
      Full Day/Time Plus – 9.5-10.5 hours per day
      Before/Aftercare – Under 2 hours will be billed out at $8/hour

      Rates are based on the room where the child is located. A child who turns 18 months while in the infant room will be charged the infant rate until they move to the toddler room. A toddler who turns 3 while in the toddler room will be charged the toddler rate until they move to preschool.

      6 weeks to 18 months (or until they move to the toddler room)

      INFANTSMonthly AmountHourly
      Part TimeMonthly7477.5
      Full TimeMonthly12776.75
      FT PlusMonthly14126.75
      Half DayDaily387.5
      Full DayDaily646.75
      FD PlusDaily716.75

      Toddler Room – 18 months to 3 years (or until they move to preschool room)

      TODDLERSMonthly AmountHourly
      Part TimeMonthly6977
      Full TimeMonthly11836.25
      FT PlusMonthly13076.25
      Half DayDaily357
      Full DayDaily596.25
      FD PlusDaily666.25

      Preschool Room – Age 3 by September 1st – Kindergarten

      PRESCHOOLMonthly AmountHourly
      Part TimeMonthly6676.7
      Full TimeMonthly11356
      FT PlusMonthly12556
      Half DayDaily346.7
      Full DayDaily576
      FD PlusDaily636

      Kindergarten to 12 years

      SCHOOL AGEMonthly AmountHourly
      Part TimeMonthly6226.25
      Full TimeMonthly10415.5
      FT PlusMonthly11505.5
      Half DayDaily316.25
      Full DayDaily525.5
      FD PlusDaily585.5

      Full time and part time rates are based on a full year schedule.  Palmer LifeWays offers care 7:00am to 5:30pm year-round.  The monthly rates are not prorated based on the number of days in each month, but are averaged out for the year. 

      *Daily rates and half-time rates are not valid for morning programs (preschool and summer camps).  Preschool and summer camps are included in full-time tuition. 



      2, 3, and 5-day preschool is tuition based. Preschool is 8:30 to 12:30 daily. The total cost for 35 weeks for the 2023-2024 school year is:

      Yearly Tuition
      Semester Tuition
      Monthly Tuition
      Weekly Tuition
      Daily Tuition
      5 Day6,6503,32573919038
      3 Day3,9901,99544311438
      2 Day2,6601,3302967638

      Preschool dates are August 26, 2024 – May 16, 2025

      There is no preschool on the follow dates:

      • Christmas Break (2 weeks) – December 23th, 2024– January 3rd, 2025
      • Spring Break – March 10th to 14th, 2025
      • In-service & professional days for Birchtree Charter School

      If children attending just the preschool morning program would like to attend dates Palmer Lifeways is open during Christmas and Spring Break, there is an additional half day or full day charge. Children attending just the preschool program are welcome to attend Birchtree In-service Days at no additional charge. 

      Parent Resource Library

      Palmer LifeWays has a Parent Resource Library for LifeWays families. These books and materials are available to check out. The Library is located by the front desk. Please talk to staff if you see something you would like to check out.
      365 Foods that Kids love to EatEllison, Sheila; Craig, Judith
      Painting with ChildrenMuller, Brunhild
      365 TV-Free ActivitiesBennett, Steve and Ruth
      A Day Full of SongLonsky, Karen
      A Day Full of SongLonsky, Karen
      A Journey Through Waldorf Homeschooling KindergartenNielsen, Melisa
      A Real BoyAdams, Christina
      Alaska Gardening (Vol 1 & 2)Leiser, Wayne
      Another OfferingParker, Tina
      Art of EducationWilliams, Lawrence
      Before the JourneyNielson, Melisa
      Between Form and FreedomStaley, Betty
      Beyond the Rainbow BridgePatterson, Barbara
      Birth of VenusWhitehead, Alan
      Brothers and SistersKonig, Karl
      Chalkboard DrawingsParks, Renee
      Child's Play 1 & 2Haren, Wilvan; Kischnick, Ruldof
      Childhood Falls SilentPatzlaff, Rainer
      Children's Party BookThomas, Anne and Peter
      Chinese Jump RopeJohnson, Anne
      Choosing, planting, cultivating herbsBack, Philippa
      Chorus of ColorsWhitehead, Alan
      Coaching Team Sports in Waldorf SchoolStark, Dean
      Controlling Garden WeedsBarbara Pleasant
      Cradle of a Healthy LifeStee Mans, Johanna
      Creating ConnectionWeber, Lewis
      Creative Play for Your BabyClouder, Christopher and Nicol, Janni
      Creative Play for Your ToddlerClouder, Christopher and Nicol, Janni
      Difficult Child (The)Turecki, Stanley
      Doctor Mom'sDuerr, Kathy
      Food Allergies Made SimpleAustin, Phylis; Thrash M.D., Agatha; Thrash M.D., Calvin
      Gardening in AlaskaLeiser, Wayne
      Gardening with Young ChildrenLockie, Beatrys
      Genius of Natural PlayGoddard-Blythe, Sally
      Ghosts from the NurseryKatt-Morse, Robin
      Glaciers x 3Smith, Alexis
      Good to Great & Social SectorsCollins, Jim
      Grail of BeautyWhitehead, Alan
      Growing an In-Sync ChildKranowitz, Carol
      Hathor the Moon CowWhitehead, Alan
      Healing Stories for Challenging BehaviorPerrow, Susan
      Healthy Cooking for KidsNull, Shelby
      Heaven on EarthOppenheimer, Sharif
      Helping Children Overcome FearEvans, Russell
      HerbCraftSchafer, Violet
      Home Away from HomeAldinger, Cynthia
      home Away from HomeAldinger, Cynthia
      House Keeping x 2Robinson, Marilynne
      Human Being and the Animal WorldWilkinson, Roy
      Journey of the "I" into LIFELectures from 2012
      Kids KnittingFalick, Melanie
      Learning about the World Through ModelingAuer, Arthur
      Learning about the World Through Modeling Sculptural Ideas for School & HomeAuer, Arthur
      Life is the CurriculumAldinger, Cynthia
      Life is the CurriculumAldinger, Cynthia
      Machine Embroidery for Special OccasionsHinds, Joan
      Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar ChidlrenRiggs, Ransom
      Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar ChidlrenRiggs, Ransom
      Mommy BrainEllison, Katherine
      More Polar MagicCornwell, Nancy
      Movement for the Young ChildBryer, Estelle
      Nature CornerVan Leeuwen, M.
      NaturopathyMitchell, Stewart
      Navigating the Terrain of ChildhoodPetrash, Jack
      Nokken, A Garden for ChildrenHeckman, Helle
      Nurturing PotentialBoogerd, Cornelis
      One Potato, Two PotatoKnapp, Mary and Herbert
      Organizational IntegrityFinser Ph.D, Torin M.
      Painting in Waldorf EducationBruin, Dick; Lichthart, Altie
      123 MagicPhelan, Thomas
      Parenting as PeopleKane, Franklin
      Perennial Plant ListGreenery, Dearmoun
      Peter Rabbit Natural Food CodebookDobrin, Arnold
      Piaget SamplerCampbell, Sarah
      Rainbow Puppet Theater BookBryer, Estelle
      Renewal Magazine Fall/Winter 2006
      Renewal Magazine Spring/Summer 2007
      Renewal Magazine Spring/Summer 2009
      Research BulletinSpring 2007
      Resources for EducatorsSpring 2014
      Revewal MagazineFall/Winter 2005
      Rhythm and MovementFindlay, Elsa
      Rudolf Steiner, Journey of a Grail KnightWhitehead, Alan
      School Rediness TodayGeotheanum Wecan
      School Rediness TodayGeotheanum Wecan
      See What I Saw
      Seven Times the SunDarian, Shea
      Sign Language and Hearing ChildrenRogers, Janelle
      Simple Foods for the PackKinmont, Vikki
      Simplicity ParentingJohn Payne, Kim
      Skill with PeopleGiblin, Les
      Slow ParentingHeckman
      Slow ParentingHeckman
      Slow ParentingHeckman
      Smart Medicine for a Healthier ChildZand, Janet
      String GamesDarsie, Richard
      Super-cute DoorstopsHardy, Emma
      The Child Birth to Three in Waldorf Education and Child CarePatzlaff, Rainer; McKeen, Claudia; Mackensen, Inavon; Grah-Wittich, Claudia
      The Creative FamilyAmanda Blake Soule
      The Developing Child: The First Seven Years
      The Fairy- Land of ScienceBuckley Annabella
      The Festival of StonesPown, Reg
      The Foundations of Haman ExperienceSteiner, Rudolf
      The Golden PathWhitehead, Alan
      The Incredible Clay BookHaab, Sherri; Torres, Laura
      The Logic of ActionHawkins, Frances
      The Mothers AlmanacKelly, Marguerite
      The Organic Gardens Handbook of Natural Insect and Disease ControlEllis, Barbara; Bradley, Fern Marshall
      The Out-of-Sync ChildKranowitz, Carol
      The Spiritual Tasks of the Homemaker x 2Schmidt-Brabant, Manfred
      The Waldorf Kindergarten Suzcle BookHildreth, Lisa
      The Winter SolsticeMatthews, John
      The Young Child in the World Today
      TheosophySteiner, Rudolf
      Touchstones Vol 2Nodelman, Perry
      Toymaking with ChildrenJaffke, Freya
      Trailing Clouds of GloryL'Engle, Madeline
      Understanding Children's DrawingsMalchiodi, Cathy, Williams, Lawrence
      Understanding Young ChildrenSteiner, Rudolf
      Understanding your Child's TemperamentWilliams, Lawrence
      Vaccine guideNeustaeoter, Randall
      Vegitarian Mother and Baby BookEllict, Rose
      Waldorf Reading for HomeschoolersDewey M.S., Barbara S.
      What is a Waldorf KindergartenWhat to do when your child is bored
      What is Waldorf EducationSagarin Phd, Stephen Keith
      What to do When your Child is BoredWilliams, Lawrence
      Wildflowers Hang the Alaska HwyPratt, Verna B
      Wonder of Lullabies (CD)Schunenmann, Mary
      Working with Anxious, Nervous, and Depressed ChildrenKohler, Henning
      Your are Your Child's First TeacherBaldwin-Dancy, Rahima
      Your Eight Year OldBates-Ames, Louise
      Your Five Year OldBates-Ames, Louise
      Your Four Year OldBates-Ames, Louise
      Your One Year OldBates-Ames, Louise
      Your Reincarnating ChildChilds, Gilbert and Sylvia
      Your Seven Year OldBates-Ames, Louise
      your Six Year OldBates-Ames, Louise
      Your Three Year OldBates-Ames, Louise
      Your Two Year OldBates-Ames, Louise