Premier Preschool & Child Care in Ashburn, VA

The Compass School Ashburn Campus

The Compass School, a leading preschool in Ashburn, proudly opened its doors in 2013 to families seeking high-quality Reggio-Inspired early childhood education and child care in Loudoun County. Our Ashburn preschool and child care center has a capacity of 200 children and offers flexible full and part-time year-round programs suitable for infants all the way up to school-age children.

In addition to the warm and engaging classroom spaces, The Compass School of Ashburn has an atelier for small group art projects, a light and shadow studio, and an indoor gross motor space for active play when the weather isn’t cooperating. In 2017, a fun “rec room” was created for children enrolled in after-school care in Ashburn, and for summer campers to enjoy. This area includes air hockey, foosball, pop-a-shot, a shuffleboard table, a ring toss game, a fish bowl toss game and more (don’t worry Moms and Dads, you’re invited to join in the fun!).

Click here to view photos of some of our classrooms!

The Reggio Emilia approach

The Reggio Emilia approach to education has been at the forefront of early childhood education for over 40 years (Rinaldi, C. 2006. In dialogue with Reggio Emilia: Listening, researching and learning).  This philosophy is rooted in a strong image of children as capable, rich in potential, and full of interests and ideas about the world around them.  Teachers at The Compass School of Ashburn seek to inspire learning by encouraging creative exploration and collaboration between children in a welcoming, community-based school environment. For more information about what it means to be ‘Reggio-Inspired’, please click here.

Reggio Emilia Preschool & Child Care in Ashburn, VA

In order to best serve the needs of our Ashburn, VA community, we offer a variety of programs for children from six weeks to twelve years of age. Use the links below to learn more.

Programs for Infants

Toddlers & Twos

Preschool & Pre-K Programs

Kindergarten Enrichment

Before & After School Care

Summer Camp

Supporting Loudoun Public School Virtual Learning

The Compass School of Ashburn is offering remote learning options to support Loudoun County Public Schools in the Fall of 2020. This full-day program will allocate time for assigned schoolwork and remote learning based upon the educational goals of LCPS. Your child will spend the day in a safe, supervised, and supportive environment, which will allow them to perform school work in a self-guided manner and complete their required daily assignments. We will ensure students are able to connect to classroom meetings and stay on task to complete daily assignments. In addition to providing a space for self-guided remote learning, students will be provided snacks, lunch, and enrichment activities both indoors and out.  The Remote Learning program has been designed to safely meet the needs of all participants in Kindergarten through Fifth grade.

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.

The Compass Schools’ Ashburn campus is conveniently located at 44128 Navajo Drive, across from Ashbrook Commons Plaza (Harris Teeter) and near the intersection of Ashburn Village Boulevard and Russell Branch Parkway. We are just a five-minute drive from the great restaurants at One Loudoun.

Please click here for directions from your location.  We would be delighted to schedule a personal tour for you!

Safety at The Compass School in 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, in addition to our normal cleaning routines, additional protocols have been put in place to ensure those who rely on us for childcare in and near Ashburn, Leesburg, Sterling, and Loudoun can feel at ease. To view these additional protocols, please visit our Health and Safety Measures page.

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Sarah Slater – Executive Director

Sarah joined our administrative team in 2019, though she has been part of our community for a few years longer as a parent with a child enrolled in our program. She holds her Masters in Teaching from Belmont University, and she also has significant PhD coursework in Teaching and Teacher Education from George Mason University.  Sarah has several years combined of elementary teaching experience in Loudoun County Public Schools and Fairfax County Public Schools, and also as a lead educator in a preschool setting.  She is a strong advocate of child-centered project-based learning, and is excited to use her experiences to help Compass students be well positioned for success in LCPS Kindergarten and beyond.

Cindy Carter – Education DirectorCindy pic

With almost 20 years previous experience in childcare, Cindy is a Certified Nature Teacher (ERAFANS).  She holds a Bachelor’s of Arts from St. Mary’s College of Maryland and is pursing a Master’s Degree in Leadership.  When her children were young, she acted as an in-home daycare provider, and later, preschool teacher.  She has 6 years of Director’s experience.  Her favorite thing about working with children is their imagination!  She is so thankful to work with naturally excited learners.


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