After School Care Matters

What Happens After School Matters Filling the child care gap in school-aged children is challenging for any parent. After school programs help bridge this gap by offering a safe and fun place for children while their parents finish the work day. After school programs give them the opportunity to participate in organized activities, explore their

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A Child-Centered Kindergarten

A Child-Centered Approach There are many definitions and descriptions of child-centered kindergarten, and for this reason it’s largely misunderstood. Differing from traditional kindergarten, a child-centered approach encourages children to take learning into their own hands, as opposed to being directed or prompted by a teacher. Children take responsibility for making choices about what they will

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Why is Toddler Development Important?

Research tells us that the first five years of a child’s life are fundamentally important in building the foundation for their growth, development, health, social skills and emotional skills. In fact the first three years, which include a good portion of toddler-hood, shapes a child’s brain structure in preparation for lifelong learning. Gross and fine

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Is My Child Ready for Kindergarten?

During pre-primary years, children are developing at such different speeds that assessment of skills and knowledge for preschool children can sometimes be immaterial. Uniform standards regarding ability benchmarks for a preschool child are significantly less appropriate than they would be for an elementary or middle school student. Of course, sitting still, using the restroom and

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Ashburn CompassQuest 2015 Summer Camp Program

CompassQuest is designed for children who have completed Kindergarten through the age of 12. Each weekly theme will offer a unique exploration, with arts & crafts, food, games, and more. What could be more fun than weekly visits to the swimming pool or bowling alley with your friends as well as entertaining field trips related

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Cincinnati CompassQuest 2015 Summer Camp Program

CompassQuest is designed for children who have completed Kindergarten through the age of 12. Each weekly theme will offer a unique exploration, with arts & crafts, food, games, and more. What could be more fun than weekly visits to the swimming pool or bowling alley with your friends as well as entertaining field trips related

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The Compass School of Powell’s Race For The Cure

The Compass School of Powell’s Race For The Cure fundraising is in full swing! Silent Auction bidding ends Friday at noon. Currently $1027 has been raised for the 2015 race, and bids are going up, Up, UP! Thank you! A huge thanks to the these local businesses and individuals who have donated for this great cause:

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Infant Care: RIE/Pikler Methodology

Infant Development Many parents find themselves going back to work only a few short weeks or months after the birth of their child. Naturally, finding the right type of infant care can be an emotional and overwhelming challenge. Babies depend on adults for nurturing and support, and this time is critical to developing trust and

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Resources for Infant Educators Conference

Erica Farney and Kathy McQuillen (Executive Directors of The Compass Schools in Naperville, IL) attended the 26th Annual RIE (Resources For Infant Educarers) Conference at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles on April 25, 2015. They are pictured here with Polly Elam, President of the RIE Board of Directors. The work of Magda Gerber,

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