Reggio Emilia Preschool & Child Care in Ashburn, VA Medha2-South

The Compass School, a leading Ashburn preschool, proudly opened its doors in 2013 to families seeking a high-quality Reggio Emilia preschool, kindergarten, and child care center serving Sterling, Ashburn, Leesburg, and areas surrounding Loudoun County, VA. Our Reggio preschool and child care center offers a child-centered approach in flexible full and part-time year-round programs for children six weeks to twelve years of age.

Reggio School and Daycare Near Sterling and Leesburg

We invite you to explore our website to learn more about our InfantToddler & Two’s, Preschool & Pre-K , Kindergarten Enrichment, Before & After School Care, and Summer Camp programs.  The Compass School’s warm and welcoming learning environment, child-centered curriculum, and extensive parent communication channels offer much more than a traditional daycare experience.  Our nurturing and caring teachers seek to foster a love for learning by promoting educational experiences that focus on creativity, collaboration, and community.

A Reggio Emilia approach is rooted in a strong image of children as capable, rich in potential, and full of interests and ideas about the world around them. Derived from Reggio Emilia, Italy, we bring international Reggio Emilia philosophy to residents of Ashburn, VA and surrounding communities. Our teachers seek to inspire learning by encouraging creative exploration and collaboration between children in a welcoming, community-based school environment.  Please contact us for more information about our Reggio-Inspired childcare programs.

Meet the Ashburn Team!


Sara Boshers – Executive Director

Sara returns to Compass of Ashburn after working as part of our team from 2013-2016 as a teacher in multiple classrooms, Curriculum Coordinator, and Assistant Director. She received her degree in Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies and minored in Early Childhood Education at James Madison University. She chooses to work with young children because she loves the smiles on their faces when they accomplish something new. She believes in the philosophy of helping, guiding, and encouraging children. She and her family, including husband Justin, daughter Adley, son Rhys, and cat Ziggy, recently returned from living abroad in the Netherlands! When not at Compass, Sara enjoys cooking, travelling, and arts and crafts.

Brittany Wissen – Assistant DirectorBrittany

Graduating with a B.A. in English with a concentration in creative writing from Christopher Newport University, Brittany has experience teaching developmental play as a music and art teacher for children up to five years old and tutoring adults in English and computer science before joining the Compass Ashburn team. She ultimately chose to work with young children because she enjoys watching them grow and learn to express themselves and their unique skills and interests.

When she is not at Compass, Brittany enjoys anything that keeps her mind active, including playing games (puzzle, card, tabletop, or video), watching movies, reading, and writing. An animal lover, she also has three cats, two reptiles, and an aquarium at home and spent her youth volunteering for an animal rescue organization in Virginia Beach.

Our Atelier

What is an Atelier?Atelier 1

“Atelier” means “art studio” in French. The Reggio Emilia Atelier is a place for inspiration and offers a wide variety of materials for artistic expression. All children are welcome to explore the different media to support all their languages of expression. This environment promotes knowledge and creativity and is a place of beauty where “the hundred languages”  are enacted.

In the Reggio Emilia approach, the environment is the third teacher. The Atelier is a bright and welcoming space designed for children to explore and have fun. It is designed to encourage collaboration and creativity, where children can work with their peers on a project or discover new ideas. The teacher encourages children to experiment and create and collaborates with them to support their learning.

Benefits of the Atelier

The Atelier in the Reggio Emilia school encourages experimentation, intuition and spontaneous creativity. A wide variety of materials allows for the free expression of ideas. As with all spaces in the Reggio school, the atelier invites children to invent, create and explore through art. Additionally, the Atelier promotes other benefits for children, including motor skills, cognitive development and social and emotional skills.

Health & Safety at The Compass School of Ashburn, VA

The Compass School in Ashburn views the health and safety of all children, staff, and parents who visit our school as one of our highest priorities. Knowing that everyone who walks through our doors will be safe in a clean environment is a top goal.  To help ensure this goal is met, we’ve made further additions to our normal cleaning routines to make sure every family we serve around Loudon County can feel at ease. If you have any questions about our cleaning protocols, please call us at 571-223-1900.

Afterschool & Summer Camp in Loudoun County, VA

Serving Ashburn, Leesburg, Sterling and surrounding Loudoun County communities. Transportation is currently offered for elementary students between The Compass School of Ashburn and select Loudoun County schools, including Ashburn Elementary, Cedar Lane Elementary, Discovery Elementary, John W. Tolbert Jr. Elementary, Newton-Lee Elementary, Seldens Landing Elementary, and Steuart Weller Elementary schools making our Reggio Emilia school easily accessible for parents in Ashburn area.

Discover more about The Compass School of Ashburn

To learn more about our child-centered approach through Reggio Emilia education or explore our atelier, schedule a tour of our Ashburn school. Our family at Compass can’t wait to meet yours!


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