Premier Preschool & Child Care in Powell, OH

The Compass School of Powell, Ohio opened in 1999 and was an early adopter in central Ohio of the Reggio-Inspired approach to early childhood education. In 2010, our Powell school earned NAEYC accreditation, which has been consistently maintained since that time. NAEYC accreditation is arguably the most recognized and respected benchmark of quality for early childhood education programs.

Reggio-Inspired Education & Child Care in Powell, OH

The Compass School of Powell, Ohio has a three-acre campus with an expansive playground. The school houses twelve classrooms supporting the following programs for children from six week 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 in Powell, OH

The Compass School of Powell offers innovative and child-centered early education programs serving families in Powell, Dublin, Lewis Center, Worthington, and the Greater Columbus area. For school-age programs, The Compass School of Powell currently offers transportation to and from select Olentangy and Dublin School District schools, including Indian Springs, Scioto Ridge, Wyandot Run, Tyler Run, Liberty Tree, and Chapman Elementary Schools.

The Powell campus is conveniently located at 3989 North Hampton Drive, just off Sawmill Parkway and 2.5 miles north of I-270. The school is also just a five-minute drive from the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium. Click here for directions from your location. We look forward to showing you our beautiful school!  Call us at 614-764-8844 to schedule your personal tour.

Safety at The Compass School in Powell, OH

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

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Our Administrators

Tara Aledia

Tara Aledia – Executive Director

Tara has ten years of work experience in the early childhood field, and began as an administrator at The Compass School in 2010. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from York University (Toronto) majoring in Psychology, as well as an Early Childhood Education diploma from Humber College (Ontario, Canada).


Jen Schmidt

Jen Schmidt, Assistant Director

Jen holds a Bachelor’s in Science in Human Ecology, specializing in Early Childhood Development & Education from The Ohio State University.  She started working at The Compass School in 2008 and has held the Assistant Director role since 2013.  Her previous positions held at Compass include: Preschool & Pre-K teacher, PS/PK Wing Coordinator, and Curriculum Coordinator.  She has two children of her own that attend the program, a daughter named Vera and a son named Everett.  She believes the early years of a child’s life are important for setting a positive foundation for how a child sees themselves and the world.  She is honored to be part of such an important time in a child’s life and enjoys getting to know and help all families she serves at Compass.

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