Play, wonder, and exploration have always been at the core of Waldorf Early Childhood education. While the importance of play is by no means a new concept, top researcher Dr. Dale Clark Farran recently shared the outcome of a study in which she followed two groups of students in Tennessee. One group, admitted by lottery, participated in state-funded pre-k.  The other group of students were rejected, creating the closest thing you can get in the real world to a randomized, controlled trial.