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Enrollment Procedures

We are currently full in our Preschool, Toddler, and Infant programs with a waitlist. 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 $150 – 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

    Pricing Information Through July 2023


    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
    *A minimum of a part-time day will be billed.

    12 weeks to 18 months

    Part Time – $520.00
    Full Time – $1010.00
    Full Time Plus – $1180.00
    Daily Rate:
    Part Day – $30.00
    Full Day – $55.00
    Full Day Plus – $66.00

    Toddler Room – 18 months until they move to preschool room

    Part Time – $510.00
    Full Time – $978.00
    Full Time Plus – $1150.00
    Daily Rate:
    Part Day – $30.00
    Full Day – $58.00
    Full Day Plus – $65.00

    Preschool Room – Age 3 by September 1st – Kindergarten

    Part Time – $486.00
    Full Time – $886.00
    Full Time Plus – $1106.00
    Daily Rate:
    *Part Day – $28.50
    *Full Day – $52.00
    *Full Day Plus – $60.00

    1st grade to 12 years

    Part Time – $460.00
    Full Time – $812.00
    Full Time Plus – $984.00
    Daily Rate:
    *Part Day – $30.00
    *Full Day – $52.00
    *Full Day Plus – $60.00

    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 2022-2023 school year is :

    5 Day – $4681.25
    3 Day – $2808.75
    2 Day – $1872.50

    For monthly and semester rates for preschool, please see the preschool contract.
    Preschool dates are August 29th, 2022 – May 19th, 2023. There is no preschool on the follow dates:

    • Christmas Break (2 weeks) – December 26th, 2022– January 6th, 2023
    • Spring Break – March 11th to 17th, 2023
    • Birchtree In-Service Dates

    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