Reggio-Inspired Preschool & Child Care in Manassas, VA Abhinav4-South

The Compass School of Manassas opened in 2005 as the first Reggio-Inspired preschool and child care center in Prince William County.  We proudly serve Manassas, Bristow, Nokesville, Gainesville, and the surrounding area and offer a variety of full-time and part-time programs for children six weeks to twelve years of age.  Our school sits on a beautiful campus, featuring an interactive playground with a large amount of green space.  Our playground spaces are certified by the Natural Start Alliance (North American Assoc. for Environmental Education).  Details about each of our Manassas preschool and daycare programs can be viewed on their dedicated pages: InfantsToddlers & TwosPreschool & Pre-KKindergartenBefore & After School Care, and Summer Camp

Reggio-Inspired Day Care Near Bristow, VA

What does it mean to be a Reggio-inspired preschool?  Our 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.  Our teachers seek to inspire learning by encouraging creative exploration and collaboration between children in a welcoming, community-based school environment. For more information about our programs, please schedule a personal tour.  We’d love to show you how The Compass School is so much more than a traditional day care.

Meet our Manassas Administrators

IMG_2491Bailey Brenton – Executive Director

Bailey joined The Compass School of Manassas in 2012, as a teacher in our preschool program.  Prior to becoming Executive Director, she served for five years as Assistant Director, during which time she was primarily focused on overseeing educational programming. Bailey is from Missouri, and has a B.A. degree in Psychology from Washington University in St. Louis.  She founded our school’s nature program, and is committed to facilitating meaningful outdoor learning experiences for children, as part of a well-rounded, child-centered curriculum.

Jen BokanJen Bokan – Assistant Director of Administration

I am originally from Uniontown, PA.  I graduated in 2004 from Penn State University (GO LIONS!!) with a Bachelors of Science in Human Development and Family Studies.  I started working at The Compass School in 2008 as a Pre-K Teacher and a SAC Teacher.  Prior to working at Compass, I was a Teacher’s Aide for Laurel Highlands School District (GO MUSTANGS!!) in my hometown.  In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my family, which includes my three children Parker, Anna Rose, and Colin, traveling to new places and volunteering with my children’s Cub Scout Pack.  I am also an avid football fan and enjoy reading, cooking, and listening to music.

Nature Class in “the field”

It is common practice in Reggio schools to explore an
overarching school-wide project, which is intended IMG_0699to unite children and teachers in common exploration. At The Compass School of Manassas, we schedule times for each classroom to visit “the field”, our fenced in green space just north of the school, for Nature Class with Ms. Lucy.  Students bring rain boots, hats, gloves, and waterproof mud suits so that they can have experiences in all types of weather. Ms. Lucy takes the lead for this project in order to help support teachers in the classroom. She collaborates with teachers to introduce new project work and materials, model inquiry-based interactions with a children-centered approach, and create examples of documentation. We have created an area in the school where we can share all of our work through documentation displays and items discovered in the field. Nature Class has been a big hit among students, parents, and teachers and we can’t wait to see it continue!


Health and Safety at The Compass School of Manassas

At The Compass School of Manassas, we view the health and safety of our staff and the children in our care as a primary responsibility, and maintaining a clean school environment is always a top priority.   In addition to our normal cleaning routines, additional protocols have been put in place to ensure those who rely on us for childcare in Manassas can feel at ease.  If you have any questions about our cleaning protocols, please call us at 703-331-1303.  We’d love to tell you how we go above and beyond to maintain high standards for our daycare environment.

Afterschool & Summer Camp in Manassas

The Compass School offers transportation to and from select Prince William County and City of Manassas elementary schools including Bennett, Nokesville, Ellis, Cedar Point, Victory, Haydon, and Round Elementary schools.  Our Before & Afterschool Care program offers a healthy balance of group activities, recreation, homework, and fun with friends.

During the summer months, our Summer Camp program is full of engaging activities and interesting field trips that offer the right mix of learning and fun.  Our active summer camp schedule is filled with arts and crafts, events, visits to the swimming pool, and great field trips related to the theme of the week.

The Compass School’s Annual Art Show

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HYBYCOZO art work

Our annual Manassas Art Show is one of our favorite school events. It showcases our students’ abilities and is a great way to see how classroom projects are carried out. The theme one year was “Luminism”.  Ms. Spencer, our Art teacher, chose this “light art” theme because light and shadow play are building blocks of the Reggio Emilia curriculum.

Our piece inspired by HYBYCOZO
Our piece inspired by HYBYCOZO

The art of light and illumination was brought to each class in a unique way. Each class studied an artist of their choice and created a group art piece.  They also created a series of individual art pieces which they decided best replicated/honored the artist’s style. Each child’s art piece was then featured in a unique setup throughout the plaza and hallway areas. It was a beautiful collection of glowing art and dazzling lights that brightened up the school!

Included in the Art Show was a large piece in our plaza which was a school-wide collaboration- an interactive wooden lantern based on the work of art group HYBYCOZO.  Each age group worked to paint the paneled lantern sides like stained glass. Children, families, and teachers were invited to experience the structure inside and out!  The Art Show was a great success and we look forward to next year’s exhibit!

Discover more about The Compass School of Manassas

To learn more about our child-centered approach and the Reggio Emilia perspective, schedule a tour of our Manassas school. Our family at Compass can’t wait to meet yours!

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