Top Preschool & Child Care in Powell, OH
The Compass School of Powell opened in 1999 and was an early adopter of the Reggio-Inspired approach to early childhood education in central Ohio. We offer innovative and child-centered early education programs serving families in Powell, Dublin, Lewis Center, Worthington and the surrounding area.
We are accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), which is the most recognized and respected benchmark of quality for early childhood education programs. We have maintained our NAEYC accreditation for over a decade and are proud to be affiliated with an organization with such a strong reputation.
Our school sits on a beautiful three-acre campus with an expansive playground. We offer full-time and part-time programs for children from six weeks to twelve years of age. Details about each of our preschool and daycare programs in Powell can be viewed on their dedicated pages: Infants, Toddlers & Twos, Preschool & Pre-K, Kindergarten Enrichment, Before & After School, and Summer Camp.
Meet Our Administrators
Tara Aledia – Executive Director
Tara has twenty 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 earning an Early Childhood Education diploma from Humber College (Ontario, Canada). She has two children of her own, Dylan and Nolan. Dylan is a Compass alumni starting in the infant program at 3 months old, and staying full time through our Private Kindergarten program. Dylan continues to participate in Compass summer camp, while her younger brother is in the PreK program.
Tara was introduced to the Reggio Emilia philosophy when she first moved to the USA 14 years ago. She quickly fell in love with the approach due to the emphasis on the respect for children and including their ideas into the curriculum and classroom environment. She believes that children have the most creative ideas that should be acknowledged and represented, which in turn shows them they are being heard and the value and importance of their ideas.
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.
Reggio-Inspired Child Care
What does it mean to be Reggio-Inspired? 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 on our Reggio-Inspired preschool and daycare programs in Powell, please contact us to schedule your tour today!
Health and Safety at The Compass School
We view the health and safety of all children, staff, and parents who visit our Reggio-inspired preschool as a primary responsibility. Knowing everyone who walks through our doors will be safe in a clean environment is a top priority. To help ensure this goal is met, in addition to our normal cleaning routines, supplemental protocols have been put in place to ensure those who rely on us for childcare in Powell can feel at ease. A listing of our added cleaning protocols can be found our Health and Safety Measures page.
After School & Summer Camp in Powell, OH
Our Before & After school programs in Powell offer transportation to and from select Olentangy and Dublin School Districts, including Indian Springs, Scioto Ridge, Wyandot Run, Tyler Run, Liberty Tree, and Chapman Elementary schools.
During the summer months, our Summer Camp program is filled with entertaining activities and field trips that offer the right mix of learning and fun. Our active summer camp schedule is filled with arts and crafts, events, trips to the swimming pool, and other field trips related to the theme-of-the-week.