Wow & Flutterville: Sellwood Childcare Center

8722 SE 17th Ave, Portland OR 97202

Your child will thrive in a community of kindness, empathy, and inclusion.

Infants and toddlers are beautiful observers who experience the world so lovingly with their newly discovered senses. As caregivers, we honor the way your precious one experiences its world, and we value their unique internal clock and rhythm.

Our “homes-away-from-home” philosophy embraces the Waldorf-inspired, Lifeways Early Education. We provide a loving community designed to support your little one in their work of exploring, discovering, and learning through nature-based free play in our Global Playground.

What is a Global Playgarden?

The staff of our Global Playgarden is made up of at least 50% refugees from countries including Afghanistan, Iraq, Costa Rica, and Somalia. These well-educated women with degrees in chemistry, math, and early childhood education share their culture through songs, stories, art & food.


Facilities, food, activities, and exploration

Your child's daycare environment is a peaceful space where they feel safe to explore, play, create, and “just be” in peace and joy. We serve organic, fresh, and local foods and use only green cleaning supplies, low-VOC paints, and natural/organic materials, as well as beautiful and gentle colors. 

Along with our daily rhythm of activities, we explore the local Sellwood community and the nearby beauty of Johnson Creek. Our children also dance and learn from our weekly visits from Music and French teachers. 


Location and hours of operation

Easily accessible location for parents who work in downtown Portland but live in Happy Valley, Clackamas or Oregon City. 

Childcare drop-off starts as early as 7 AM, with pick up available until 6 PM.


We are accepting applications

Our childcare is open for children between the age of 6-weeks and 5 years old.
Contact us for an application or call us with questions at 971-302-6139.


Wow and Flutterville Global Playgardens, Sellwood neighborhood Portland, Oregon


8722 SE 17th Ave, Portland OR 97202
Hours: Monday - Friday, 7am - 6pm


Teacher Bios

Miss Pollyanna: Oak Room Teacher

Miss Pollyanna was born on the beautiful island of Jamaica, where she spent her earlier years before moving to the United States. In high school she started working with young children from the Prep school she attended, teaching them art and dance. Miss Pollyanna moved to New York, where she lived for 17 years. Miss Pollyanna has been working with children for 23 years and has a lovely daughter. She enjoys seeing children grow, knowing she helped guide their development. Miss Pollyanna enjoys dancing, cooking, traveling with her family, running, playing basketball and spending time with her daughter.


Miss Meghan: Cedar Room Teacher


Miss Christina: Willow Room Teacher

Miss Christina was born and raised in Oregon. She spent 7 years living in California and has recently moved back to Portland.  Miss Christina has a 5 year old daughter Malena. In addition she has 1 brother, cousin, 2 nieces and 1 nephew, 2 pet Guinea pigs Gizmo and Mr. T. While Miss Christina enjoyed living in California she is happy to be home with family. Miss Christina comes to Wow and Flutterville with 16 years of experience ages birth to 5 years old. She has an A.A. degree in Early Childhood Education and focused on cultural inclusion, Anti-Bias Education, and the impact of violence intervention counseling. Miss Christina finds it rewarding to watch "AHHA" moments, self discoveries, experiences observing and exploring the world from the child's point of view.  She also enjoys learning with children, exploring, and playing. Miss Christina is passionate to work with the children and families at the Global Playgarden.  She is here to support and advocate for families and their early education experiences.  

Miss Jan: Waldorf Teacher & Mentor


Miss McKenzie: Assistant Teacher

Miss Kenzie is from Woodburn where she grew up with her two younger siblings, Madison and Mark. In high school she worked with children in an elementary school ranging from Kindergarten to 1st grade. Miss McKenzie enjoys watching children learn and grow! In her free time she enjoys spending time exploring and being with her friends and family! 


Miss Raghad: Assistant Teacher

Miss Raghad comes to us from the city of Baghdad in Iraq. She speaks both Arabic and Turkish. She has experience working with Kindergarten children for a year.  In addition she has 3 months of training in working with children. Miss Raghad loves children and is learning everyday new things about working with children! In her spare time she enjoys reading, listening to music and going for a walk with her friends.  


Mr. Jacob: Assistant Teacher

Mr. Jacob grew up in Las Vegas. He spent high school summers working as a camp counselor with children, near Detroit Lake and then went to culinary school in Las Vegas! Jacob divides his time between working at a local food cart owned by a Waldorf teacher in town and working at other licensed childcare programs here in Portland. He is excited to share his humor, love and kindness with the friends at Wow and Flutterville as a support staff member. 


Miss Elvira: Assistant Teacher


Mr. Ari: Assistant Teacher


Miss Heidi: Director

I am an Oregon native, and have been working in Portland's progressive child care community since 1986. My love for this work comes from a belief that caring about and for people is the path to true social change, and creating a peaceful world. I would characterize myself as a social justice warrior and have been honored to work in some amazing programs (Childpeace, Multnomah County Child Development Center (Piaget inspired),  New Day School, Montessori of Alameda, Volunteers of America's domestic violence programs) and with some inspiring teachers, as well as being part of Portland's vibrant DIY art and punk music scene since the early 80's. My professional strengths are problem solving, assessment and observation, nonviolent communication, and a freakish love for doing paperwork. I have also spent a lot of my work life navigating the changing waters of the Child Care Division regulations, and mentoring providers on program quality (with the federal program Child Care Improvement Program, and  in my day to day center work). My degree is in Women's Studies and English, and I have a director's certificate from the Oregon Association of Educators of Young Children; more meaningful, to me, however, is my many years of hands on work with families and in the classroom. I believe that all people need to be seen, valued and treated with respect. I have two outstanding children 12 & 18, one very patient husband, and a kooky dog.  Our family is active in Mt Tabor soccer, community events and music. In my free time I cook, write personal narrative essays, absurd haiku, and do all kinds of handwork, while listening to my son's metal band rehearse in my basement. I wear shoes infrequently, and can usually be found sitting on the floor. 


Miss Deanna: Owner

Originally from Seattle, Deanna returned to the Pacific Northwest after a 20-year career in L.A.’s music industry. Once settled in Portland, she began pursuing the work she knew was her life’s calling: caring for, loving, playing and dreaming with babies and young children. Having an educational background in Early Childhood Education, Deanna’s studies and training expanded to include Waldorf Early Childhood Education and Lifeways Early Childhood philosophies. She dreamed of creating spaces for little ones that offered them opportunities to learn and grow through nature-based free play. Remembering the absence of this type of child care option while raising her own children, Deanna recognized a need that wasn’t being filled and went to work filling this need in her own community. Deanna founded Wow and Flutterville with the mission of creating a “home-away-from-home” for infants and toddlers that honors attachment parenting, family nursing choices, Mother Nature, inclusion, community, and a child's most important work: to play. Music, the arts, yoga, movement, song, and time spent in nature fill each day at Wow and Flutterville Playgardens. Committed to creating a playgarden culture based on kindness, empathy, community and inclusion in beautiful, warm, inspiring home settings, Deanna opened her first playgarden eight years ago. Since then, her program has expanded to three locations, with a fourth location soon to open in Spring of 2017. In addition to being the owner of Wow and Flutterville, Deanna enjoys spending time with her three children, ages 8, 13 and 17. Her other loves include Kundalini yoga, nature, the arts and music. Deanna looks forward to caring for and inspiring your babies and precious children at times when they can't be under your loving care.


Activity Teachers

Miss Elise: French Teacher

Eager to share my enthusiasm for French, I headed to Portland, Oregon to teach at L'Etoile, a cute little French Immersion School. For 4 years I taught all ages, in English and French, from Preschool to 5th grade and opened a French class for parents with my mantra: make it fun and they will learn! And they have. So have I. I've relearned my earliest instinct about language and the community it creates. I've been able to recreate that family table in some way, to gather a diverse group of curious people and share our stories. It's never without struggle but rarely without laughter. Today, I'm so happy to offer French tutoring, classes, and workshops at my house in SW Portland and build this community of French learners, speakers, and enthusiasts.

Mister Justin: Music Teacher

Mister Justin has been performing and teaching music in Portland since moving here in 2010. He grew up in Colorado and moved to France as a child, and both regions influenced his love of folk and string music from around the world. He taught kindergarten in a French Immersion school in Portland for two years before returning to pursue music full time in 2016.