ali: i'm new to the luzerne county group, so i can't answer you for sure, but i will say there was a very wide age range at the park last week- my 6 y/o had plenty of children to play with. perhaps if you ask on the yahoo group you may get a better answer? also, i would say we are "waldorf inspired" in our hs approach- certainly not purist! we don't follow any curriculum strictly and prefer a more child led approach. as for socialization... i'm not a believer that preschoolers need an incredibly busy social schedule (check this out for more on preschool hsing http://www.besthomeschooling.org/
). we did that for a while and found it much better to slow down, help ds1 find a rhythm at home, and have family and the real world as his main social network.
that said, ds1 is an incredibly outgoing and social kid and enjoys time with his peers... so i do have to be sure that i stay on top of that need for him, but playdates once a week or something like karate if he desires more structure seem to meet that need for him.
ok, so i'm going to try not to get up on a soapbox here about nepa, but i have a unique perspective having spent my first 18 years here and then the following 12 scattered between ny state and various philly suburbs. i will say it has changed quite a bit from the place i remember as a child... or perhaps i have changed?? yes, serenbat is correct, it does seem to require more driving to meet with like minded people but when you're not doing this every day it is not so bad. and i have to say- driving an hour on winding hilly back roads to a park here is far more pleasant than sitting in traffic on 676.
what is most appealing to us is the slower pace and beautiful surroundings... that offers so much that you just can't find in the burbs. the smell of the air... digging our hands in the dirt and starting a garden... wandering through the woods... this is our waldorf lifestyle. as far as the religious sentiment- well, we are a non-christian family. specifically, i am pagan and my dh is agnostic/atheist leanings. we have not once encountered any discrimination or negativity. however, when i was doing research for hs groups, co-ops, etc i specifically avoided christian organizations. not trying to create a bubble, but i'm assuming that when they say they are a christian co-op this means they are looking for families who share their beliefs. i'm sure at some point, we will have the misfortune of meeting some closed minded people, but they exist everywhere! yes, nepa does lack some of the diversity of living near a city, but what you are looking for does exist... you just have to do some digging
hope that helps!