Enrollment Info


To enroll in any of our classes:

  • Fill out our Enrollment Request Form by clicking on the button below.
  • We will send you an email once we receive your request with an invitation to enroll or a notice of your inclusion on the waiting list. 
  • If you are interested in a sliding scale option, please see our enrollment form for information.

Parent-Toddler Classes
with Bonnie Romanow

Next session starting March 28th, 29th (10 classes)

  • Tuesdays 9:00am - 10:30am for 11 to 18 months
  • Wednesdays 10:00am - 12:00pm for 11 months to 3 years

$20/class (sliding scale available)

During each class we will nourish the sensory experiences of the young child and his/her caregiver through a rhythmic flow of free, unstructured play time for the child, and observation/simple craft activities for the adult. Children will explore in an atmosphere that supports imaginative play, healthy movement, and imitation. Bonnie works with parents to explore themes related to child development and establishing healthy family rhythms. Classes include a circle time with nursery or seasonal rhymes, songs, gross and fine motor activities, imaginative play and exploration, quiet observation, and guided discussion.

Parent-toddler classes are appropriate for children who have begun to walk, so if your child is younger than the stated age-range, but has already begun to walk, please contact leah@urbanfamily.org to determine if you child is appropriate for the class.

Parenting Workshops
with Bonnie Romanow

Discipline: Creative, Effective, Positive  

  • Two Wednesdays 2/22 & 3/1

Learn an approach to guidance and discipline that is effective and respectful, positively supporting children to develop self-discipline, responsibility, cooperation and problem-solving skills. Utilizing an understanding of the Jane Nelson Positive Parenting work, Compassionate Parenting, and seeking to understand the meaning behind behavior.

Frustration, Tantrums, and Tears 18m - 3yrs. 

  • Tuesday 3/28 - NEW DATE!!

Wondering where your sweet baby went?  And how to support the moment to moment changes of mood in your toddler…happy and regulated one moment, screaming the next?  Learn what is happening when your child ‘loses’ it, best ways to stay connected, increase your capacity to support the development of self-regulation, and stay sane during the challenges of life with toddlers. 

Instructor Bonnie Romanow

When working as a preschool director and teacher in Waldorf schools in the Chicago area, Bonnie pioneered the development of parent-child classes for families of very young children. Her passion for supporting families through these classes has led her to continue them over the past 25 years in various settings. Parent education and support has always been at the heart of her work.

Bonnie is a Jane Nelsen-certified parent educator and a certified Waldorf early education teacher. She currently serves as an early childhood mental health consultant in Marin County, supporting parents and professionals in meeting the emotional needs of young children (ages birth-6 years). Her work with parents and their children under three years of age led her to complete the Touchpoints and RIE® I certifications. She is also a certified Triple P parenting program teacher. Currently she does various workshops in all areas related to the developmental needs and issues that arise for parents of young children including discipline and guidance, building resiliency, play and learning, toileting, mindful parenting and more.  She has done extensive work with adoptive families and birth parents as well.  Besides workshops and parent/infant, parent/tot groups, Bonnie does individual parent coaching and consultations.

Parent-Toddler Class
with Theresa Catlin

Next session starting March 14th (10 classes)

Tuesdays 10:00am - 12:00pm for 19 months to 3 years

$20/class (sliding scale available)

“Motor abilities provide a reflection of brain development and integration, but [young children] need time, opportunity, and practice to reach optimum performance [of new motor skills].” - Sally Goddard Blythe, "What Babies and Children Really Need"

This class offers older toddlers a warm environment in which to play and explore and parents a place to connect, find a supportive group, discuss and share child development and parenting issues, and learn about Waldorf education.  Classes include a circle time with nursery or seasonal rhymes, songs, gross and fine motor activities, imaginative play and exploration, quiet observation, and guided discussion.

Here young children explore the wonders of the first years of life in group play. Open-ended toys made of natural materials welcome the child to fully engage through their developing imagination and senses. Structures that they can move and explore with their whole bodies invite movement. Fine motor skills as well as gross-motor coordination are enhanced. 

Through quiet observation of the children, and conversations centered on readings on child development, the adults gain greater awareness and trust in their child’s growing interests, motor abilities, social interactions and problem-solving skills. This adult trust strengthens the child’s emerging self-confidence and feeds the child's growing interest in exploring the world. Together the parents create a joyful, secure place for young children to explore, play and gradually unfold. 

Instructor Theresa Catlin

Theresa Catlin completed her Waldorf certification and M.Ed. in 1987. Since then she has worked in both public and private Waldorf schools as a grade 1 - 5 teacher, a Kindergarten teacher, and as a "Birth to Three" educator. Her early childhood work is informed by three wonderful trainings that embrace Waldorf education and the work of Dr. Emmi Pikler:  LifeWays in Wisconsin, Sophia's Hearth in New Hampshire and RIE® (Resources for Infant Educarers) in Los Angeles.  In each one, Theresa discovered keys to helping herself and the parents she engages with find a renewed sense of joy, meaning and understanding as they care for the young child in their lives. Theresa shares this wisdom through conversation and short, accessible readings that address topics of interest to the parents in the group. Some topics have included -  finding a rhythm that works for both you and your child, discipline, siblings, meals and eating, movement, social development, potty-training, and how to nurture yourself as a caregiver.  

Theresa currently works as an early childhood teacher at Neighborhood Play Garden, a Waldorf program for two to four year olds in San Francisco. She is a student at the Spacial Dynamics Institute, a Waldorf - inspired movement training for teachers and movement therapists. Through this training she is focussing on Women's Wellness. 

When not teaching, Theresa enjoys exploring the Bay Area where she moved last winter and spending time with her family. She delights in being an active grandmother to her two and five year old grand children (see photo!) An avid hiker, dancer, yoga practitioner and meditator, Theresa is currently learning salsa dancing and juggling, and leads international circle dancing whenever asked! 

Respectful Caregiving Parent-Infant Class
with Christina Vlinder

Monday morning group for children born September 2015 to March 2016 from 10:00 to 11:30am - currently full

Thursday morning group for children born March 2016 to September 2016 from 10:00 to 11:30am

NEW GROUP starting April 7th - Friday morning group for children born September 2016 to March 2017 from 10:00 to 11:30am

$20/class (sliding scale available) with free trial for the first class

Learn respectful and mindful parenting guided by Magda Gerber’s Educaring® Approach (also known as RIE®). This class is a combination of discussion and sensitive observation of your baby at play. The pace is determined by the parent’s interests and the children’s needs as you grow together throughout the first two years of the infant’s life.

Topics commonly covered in guidance classes with young babies include:

  • establishing sleep routines
  • gentle holding, diapering, and bathing
  • establishing communication patterns
  • natural progression of motor skills
  • ideal environments for independent play
  • consistent and respectful limits

Our parent-infant classes are designed to support a family from birth to 2 years of age. This class is ongoing until the children approach age 2. The class is divided into 8-week sessions. Many families stay for the entire 2 year span, which allows the children to thrive and form relationships with each other. It is also fine to attend for just one 8-week session. To arrange for a free trial class before enrolling in a full session, please email leah@urbanfamily.org.

Instructor Christina Vlinder

Christina’s philosophy is inspired by the work of infant specialist Magda Gerber, who created the Educaring® Approach and founded Resources for Infant Educarers® (RIE®).  Christina has been studying with the RIE® organization for six years and is currently a RIE® Intern, under the mentorship of Elizabeth Memel, RIE® Associate and Intern Mentor. She uses her knowledge of the Approach and 15 years of experience working with children to teach a class that nurtures parents and infants alike.