Premier Preschool & Child Care in Cincinnati, OHCincinnati prechool | The Compass School

The Compass School of Cincinnati, Ohio opened in 2000 as one of the first programs in southwest Ohio to offer a Reggio Emilia-Inspired curriculum philosophy. In 2011 the school earned NAEYC accreditation, which is arguably the highest and most widely recognized benchmark of quality for a preschool program. The school’s NAEYC accreditation has been successfully maintained since 2011.

Reggio-Inspired Education & Child Care Near Mason, OH

The Compass School of Cincinnati sits on nearly three acres, featuring a large, interactive playground and twelve classrooms supporting the following programs for children from six weeks to 12 years of age:

Programs for Infants
Toddlers & Twos
Preschool & Pre-K Programs
Kindergarten Enrichment
Before & After School Care
Summer Camp

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 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.

After School & Summer Camp Near Loveland, OH

The Compass School of Cincinnati serves families in Loveland, Mason, Maineville and surrounding greater Cincinnati communities. The school is conveniently located in Deerfield Township, Ohio, just beyond Costco at 9370 Waterstone Blvd. (near Kings Auto Mall).  For school-age programs, The Compass School of Cincinnati currently offers transportation to and from select Mason, Loveland, and Kings Local public schools, including Loveland Early Childhood Center, Loveland Primary School, Mason Early Childhood Center, J. F. Burns Elementary, Columbia Intermediate School, and St. Margaret of York Catholic School.

Click here for directions from your location. We welcome you to explore our unique and inviting learning environment! Call 513-683-8833 to schedule your personal tour.

Safety at The Compass School in Cincinnati, OHIMG_9452 (002)

The Compass School of Cincinnati has always taken sanitation and disinfecting very seriously.  To keep our families and staff safe during the Covid-19 pandemic, we have increased our regular cleaning procedures in and outside of the classroom.  Health screenings and temperature checks are required upon entry for staff, children, and parents.  In addition to regular hand washing, our teachers follow daily cleaning schedules, which include laundering soft materials, spraying door handles, and sanitizing toys using an industrial washer.  Embedded within our support staff schedules are designated times to clean high-touch surfaces throughout the building.  Outdoor play equipment is also regularly sprayed and sanitized between use.

The Compass School utilizes and electrostatic sprayer with a botanical disinfectant solution to help keep our building sanitized.  Although safe to be used around even our youngest students, our solution is a heavy duty cleaner and sanitizer, killing 99% of bacteria, viruses, fungi, and molds, including Human Coronavirus.  This sprayer allows us to quickly and efficiently sanitize entire classrooms within minutes, and is safe to be used on toys, fabrics, cribs, and food-safe surfaces.  To view our other additional protocols, please visit our Health and Safety Measures page.

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Our Administrators


Meghan Schymanski

Meghan Schymanski -Administrative Director

Meghan has ten years of experience at The Compass School of Cincinnati. She started with Compass in 2006 as a Preschool Teacher, and has also served as Preschool Wing Coordinator and Assistant Director. Meghan holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Mount Nazarene University, where she majored in Early Childhood Education.


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Caitlin Schroff, Education Director


Caitlin Schroff, Education Director

Caitlin obtained a Bachelors of Arts in Early Childhood Education from University of Cincinnati with a focus on STEM learning, and has worked in the education field since 2009. Caitlin started her career with The Compass School in 2014 as a PreK and Kindergarten teacher. Since 2016 she began her role as the Education Director and leads the Nature Explorers classes, which serve as an outdoor educational experience for staff and students alike!


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Katey Suits, Admin Coordinator

Katey Suits, Administrative Coordinator

After graduating in 2013 from The University of Cincinnati with a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Educator, Katey began her career at The Compass School as a Preschool Teacher.  When the opportunity came to utilize her PreK-Grade 3 teaching license, Katey transitioned into the Kindergarten role in 2016 and also took the lead as NAEYC Coordinator to maintain the school’s accreditation each year.  In 2019, she became the Admin Coordinator which has allowed her to make daily connections with staff and families at the front desk and assist in the on-going success of the school!

What Cincinnati Parents Have to Say

Chihuly-inspired sculpture


Our beautiful Chihuly-inspired sculpture recently went up in our plaza. Stop by and check it out! Thank you for the hard work of our children and teachers to bring this work-of-art to life. Just in time for our February 22nd NAEYC Open House, and definitely a fun topic of conversation for our visiting educators from throughout the region.

Miss Heather

Teacher Feature – Miss Heather

Heather is a graduate of Chatfield College, where she majored in Health and Human Services. She joined The Compass School of Cincinnati in January 2001, just after the school opened. She began her journey with us as an Infant Teacher. Currently, she serves as Opening Supervisor, in addition to providing support for the school as a floating teacher and transporting Kindergarten and school-age children to and from public school. Heather enjoys sports (especially the Bengals and OSU football) and spending quality time with her family.

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