My daughter goes to the Waldorf School of the Peninsula in Los Altos, about a 20 min drive from San Jose. I teach full time, so she carpools with another family. She started in Nursery, and is now finishing her 2nd year of Kindergarten, and heading to 1st grade next year.
My experience with her early childhood schooling has been very positive. In Nursery and Kinder, they spend a good amount of time outside playing, climbing, poking around in the dirt - she comes home pretty dirty, and that tells me she's been doing what kids should be doing! Every day has a food theme; soup day, porridge day, bread day (they help make it) etc. If you are familiar with Waldorf you know everything is nature-based. Playing, drawing, crafting, finger-knitting, building, pretend play, songs, verbal stories, rhymes etc. build an extremely strong language/vocabulary base, great auditory processing skills and memory.
As a public school teacher I cannot afford the whole tuition, and they have a very workable tuition adjustment program. At the tuition adjustment meetings I have been treated with such warmth and respect, even gratitude from the staff that my child and I are part of the community. It is a vital, inviting community.
When I lived in the Sierras and went through the tuition adjustment meeting at the Live Oak Waldorf School in Meadow Vista, the energy was unfortunately quite different. I almost felt that I was supposed to feel shamed for applying for the program, and there was a sense of suspicion, as if they didn't trust folks to be honest regarding their financial situation. Also, they limit the lowest monthly tuition at $400 which is prohibitive for many folks these days, and have lost a good number of students as a result. Despite this, the community is also vital, warm and inviting.