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

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 for children six weeks to twelve years of age.

Reggio-Inspired 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.

The Reggio Emilia preschool 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. 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 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 – Educator 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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“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.

Health & 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. 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.


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