The Compass School of Naperville (North) opened in 2001, and was among the first early childhood education programs in suburban Chicago to utilize the Reggio-Inspired approach.  The program proudly serves families seeking high quality care and education in Naperville, Lisle, Woodridge and surrounding communities, and is conveniently located at the intersection of Hobson Road and Naper Boulevard.

The Naperville (North) campus can accommodate 200 children enrolled in Infant, Toddler, Two’s, Preschool, PreK, Junior Kindergarten, Summer Camp and Before/After School programs.  Classrooms include the Art Studio, Inventor’s Workshop, Science Lab, World Markets, Sounds Stage and more.

For the Before and After School program, The Compass School of Naperville (North) currently offers transportation to/from select Naperville Community Unit District 203 schools, including Highlands Elementary, Prairie Elementary, Elmwood Elementary, Meadow Glens Elementary, and River Woods Elementary Schools.

The school is located at 1128 Compass Court, one block north of Mariano’s Naperville store.  For directions from your location, click here.  Please call us at 630-983-9190 to schedule your personal tour with a member of our administrative team.


Thank you for your interest in The Compass School of Naperville, Illinois (North). We are excited to share information with you regarding our Reggio-Inspired early childhood programs. We believe in the strength, power and potential of every child. We think that our child-centered philosophy, combined with excellent parent communication, a warm and welcoming school environment, and wonderful teachers will provide your family with an unparalleled early education and child care experience.

What does it mean to be “Reggio Emilia-inspired,” you might ask? Here is a brief excerpt from an article in Disney’s Wondertime magazine (February 2008), titled Shopping For A Preschool:

“The theory: Take the best of Montessori and play-based, blend well, and – ta-da! – you have this artsy, idealistic philosophy that’s so cutting edge and groovy, it’s the basis for Google’s on-site preschool for its Silicon Valley employees. And in Manhattan, former members of Blue Man Group have started their own Reggio Emilia-inspired preschool, the Blue Man Creativity Center… Reggio Emilia gets its name from the small Italian city in which parents, teachers, and public officials banded together to create schools that rose above the lockstep mindset from past decades, opening their first preschool in 1963. In 1991, Newsweek named Reggio Emilia’s school system one of the 10 best in the world. Reggio-inspired schools are still pretty rare (and admissions thus mega-competitive).”

“Cutting edge and groovy”… we think that sounds pretty great! And after you spend some time visiting our school, we’re convinced that you will think so too! Our goal is to facilitate meaningful and interesting real-world learning opportunities for your child, which encourage exploration and discovery, and promote a life-long love of learning. Thank you for visiting our website. We hope to see you soon!

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Kathy McQuillen – Executive Director

Kathy McQuillen – Executive Director

Kathy has 22 years of work experience in the early childhood field, and began her career with The Compass School in 2003. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Concordia University, majoring in Early Childhood Education, with a specialization in Child Psychology.

What Naperville (North) Parents Have to Say

Story time celebration.

Story Time Celebration

A big thank you to the Naperville Public Library for visiting our school for a special Chinese New Year story time… a fun time had by all!

Miss Susan

Teacher Feature – Miss Susan

Miss Susan graduated from Iowa State University in 2000 with a Bachelor of Science in Child and Family Services with a Child Services emphasis.  She has worked with children from the ages of 6 weeks to 3 years of age over the past 20 years in three different states!  She is a mother of a 9 year old named James a 5 year old named Lily. Both James and Lily attend The Compass School for summer camp but are off to Brookdale Elementary in the fall for 4th grade and Kindergarten. Her and her husband Jeff are celebrating 15 years of wedded bliss this year!  Miss Susan has been with The Compass School for 14 years and is looking forward to many, many more!