Top Reggio Preschool & Child Care in Manassas, VA


The Compass School of Manassas opened in 2005 as the first Reggio-Inspired preschool and child care center in Prince William County. The Compass School of Manassas received the “Best of Prince William Reader’s Choice” award for best preschool/child care center in Prince William County. Our Manassas preschool has been recognized by Northern Virginia Magazine as  one of the best preschools, child care centers, and summer camp programs in Northern Virginia.  Learn more about our high quality preschool and child care programs serving Manassas, Bristow, Nokesville, and the surrounding areas.

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 our Manassas, VA preschool 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 a Reggio Emilia preschool, please click here.

Reggio-Inspired Child Care & Preschool Education in Manassas, VA

The Compass School in Manassas, Virginia, has thirteen classrooms that house a variety of full and part-time child care programs for children from six weeks to 12 years of age. Use the links below for more information about programs offered at our Reggio Emilia preschool:

Prince William County Public School Hybrid & Remote Learning

The Compass School of Manassas offers remote learning options to support Prince William 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 PWCPS. 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 Manassas, VA

The Compass School serves Manassas, Gainesville, Bristow, Nokesville and surrounding communities. The Compass School of Manassas offers transportation to/from select Prince William County schools, including Bennett Elementary, Nokesville Elementary, Ellis Elementary, Cedar Point Elementary, and Victory Elementary schools. In addition, we also currently offer transportation from Haydon Elementary and Round Elementary schools in the City of Manassas.

The Manassas campus is centrally located at 9811 Godwin Drive, near the intersection of Route 234 and Nokesville Road (Route 28).

Please click here for directions from your location. If you live or work in Manassas , Nokesville or Bristow and are searching for a strong preschool or child care program, we would love to give you a private tour of our unique, warm and welcoming learning environment!

Safety at The Compass School in Manassas, VA

The Compass School in Manassas 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 Manassas can feel at ease. To view these additional protocols, please visit our Health and Safety Measures page.

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Our 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.

What Manassas Parents Have to Say

Nature Class in “the field”

It is common practice in Reggio-based programs 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 the children, 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!

The Compass School’s Annual Art Show

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HYBYCOZO art work

Our annual 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 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!

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