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Joan W. Almon

Joan W. Almon was a Waldorf kindergarten teacher and co-founder of the Alliance for Childhood, serving as its director until 2012, when she partially retired and became its director of programs. In the Alliance she brought together educators and health professionals who were deeply concerned about the growing stress and strain in children’s lives and worked collaboratively to strengthen childhood for all children. Joan worked as an advocate for children’s needs and wrote and lectured extensively on child development, early education, the need to restore play for children, and youth with a special focus on the need for play-based learning in preschools and kindergartens. She wrote numerous articles, contributed to books, and co-authored the Alliance for Childhood report, Crisis in the Kindergarten: Why Children Need to Play in School. She was also co-general secretary of the Anthroposophical Society in America and an editor of the Journal for Anthroposopohy. Joan pass away in July 2019.

Books by Joan W. Almon :

The First Seven Years

Physiology of Childhood
Foreword by Joan W. Almon

Reclaim Early Childhood

The Philosophy, Psychology, and Practice of Steiner-Waldorf Early Years Education

What Is a Waldorf Kindergarten?

2nd Edition
Foreword by Joan W. Almon
Selected and Introduced by Sharifa Oppenheimer