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Wildflowers Preschool

4520 SE Center St
Portland, OR 97206

(503) 774-1207


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Wildflowers Preschool (formerly Munchkin Manor) is a neighborhood preschool located in a comfortable home in the Creston-Kenilworth neighborhood. The director and lead teacher, Heidi Donahue, has a Master's in Environmental Education and has created a curriculum that is a unique mix of Reggio Emilia, Montessori and Environmental Education. All three approaches to early childhood education give children some control over the direction of their learning, highlight the importance of using all senses to learn and honor the endless range of ways children have to express themselves. We provide an environment where children feel safe and part of a small community of families and teachers working together to meet the needs of each child. We offer daily circle times, literacy lessons, music and movement, art activities and lots of exploration of the natural world. We believe that children learn best when they are allowed to follow their natural curiosities about the world.

Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Montessori, Reggio-Emilia

From the Director:

Teacher Heidi is the owner and lead teacher at Wildflowers Preschool. She holds a Master's in Environmental Education as well as an elementary teaching license. She taught 6th grade math and science until starting a family and now has both of her children enrolled in Wildflowers. Heidi has varied experience working in preschool settings and has taken aspects of Montessori and Reggio Emilia theories to build the foundation of Wildflower's curriculum. Heidi has a passion for teaching children about the natural world and has been in the field of education for over fifteen years.

Home-School Connection

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • Go on field trips
  • Volunteer in the classroom

Modes of Communication

  • Notes
  • Phone Calls
  • Voice Mail
  • Email
  • Special Meetings
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up