About Bean Sprout Early Childhood

Bean Sprout Early Childhood is a home-based, Waldorf-inspired program started in February 2009.  We create a warm nurturing environment where young children experience the building blocks of life through work and play. We also give support and guidance to those who are just starting off on the journey of parenting, and those who aren’t yet familiar with the Waldorf philosophy of early childhood development.

Bean Sprout Early Childhood has come into being through the vision of the Liesland family who have been involved with Waldorf education and have a love for the way that this type of education nurtures the child and creates a safe haven for childhood. The Lieslands’ love of Waldorf Education began with a Parents & Tots class at the Cincinnati Waldorf School in 2004. They have been attending classes and leading their own ever since.

Our Teachers


Susan is a Lifeways certified instructor and has been teaching and nurturing young children for over 15 years. She has always found herself working with children as a camp counselor, preschool teacher, substitute teacher, nanny, school counselor, and mom. Susan has an M.Ed in School Counseling and a special passion for working with young children. She has been leading Bean Sprout Early Childhood for more than 4 years and was first introduced to Waldorf Education via the Cincinnati Waldorf School, where she attended classes with her little ones for several years before moving to Des Moines. Susan especially enjoys sharing with children her love of the outdoors, baking and crafts.