Reggio Emilia Preschool & Child Care in Ashburn, VA

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 preschool and child care center offers flexible full and part-time year-round programs suitable for infants all the way up to school-age children.

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.  Click on the program links to learn more: InfantsToddler & Twos, Preschool & Pre-K Programs, Kindergarten Enrichment, Before & After School Care, and Summer Camp.

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.

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.

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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Our AtelierAtelier 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 and is designed for children to explore and have fun. It is designed to encourage collaboration as well as 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 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.


Meet the team!

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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.Picture1

Sara Boshers – Assistant Director

Sara returns to Compass 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 choose 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.


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