Our Philosophy

About Compass Early Learning and Care

Compass Early Learning and Care is a non-profit, charitable corporation dedicated to providing excellence in early learning and care for children from 6 weeks to 12 years.

Established in 1981, we have grown from a small home child care program in Peterborough City and County to a multi program corporation with 24 licensed programs caring for over 900 children daily in the City of Kawartha Lakes, the County and City of Peterborough and the Region of Durham. Our programs include full day child care, nursery school, and before and after school programs. Each program is unique with hours of service ranging from 6:30 am to 6:30 pm. Our home child care program offers flexible hours of care, depending on the individual care provider.

Our Board of Directors

A Board of Directors leads Compass Early Learning and Care offering expertise in parenting, business management, financial management, real estate and property management, technology, health care, volunteer management and community development. The Board of Directors operates as a policy board with support from three standing committees:

  1. Executive
  2. Board Development and Membership
  3. Corporate Affairs.

The board meets monthly except in July, August and December. Our Annual General Meeting, held in April of each year, is open to the public with special invitation being extended to all members of the corporation. View our Annual Reports:

2014 Annual Report
2013 Annual Report
2012 Annual Report
2011 Annual Report
2010 Annual Report

To express your interest in becoming a member of the Compass Early Learning and Care Board of Directors, please contact info@compasselc.com.

Our Administration and Staff

Compass Early Learning and Care employees:

  • Have the educational qualifications, knowledge and professional commitment necessary to promote excellence in early learning and care
  • Foster collaborative relationships that are sensitive to the needs of children, families and colleagues
  • Possess a desire for learning and a willingness to grow and challenge themselves
  • Demonstrate initiative and flexibility, and posses the skills to work both independently as well as part of a team

An administrative team of professionals led by the Executive Director, Associate Executive Director, Operations Director and Finance Director supports Compass Early Learning and Care programs. Program Supervisors focus on inspiring excellence in each of our early learning and care programs. We have implemented an Emergent Curriculum across our organization with a strong emphasis on developmentally appropriate environments that reflect our belief in children as competent learners. In our programs you will see the daily experiences documented throughout the playroom as evidence of the educators’ careful observations of the children’s growth and development. Relationships with the environment, parents and community are emphasized.

Each of our full day programs has a nutritional expert who prepares delicious, wholesome meals and snacks for our children. Our nutritional guidelines ensure that we are serving the healthiest food choices to help our children be the best they can be.


Compass Early Learning and Care uses reasonable efforts to practice the principles of dignity, independence, integration and equal opportunity for people accessing our services.

Notice of Temporary Disruption

Compass Early Learning and Care will provide notice in the event of a planned or unexpected disruption in access to our facilities. This notice will include information about the reason for the disruption, its anticipated duration, and a description of alternative facilities if available. The notice will be posted on the premises, announced through our phone system or published on our website, depending on the circumstances.

Availability of Documents

Download our Accessibility Policy or our Multi-year Accessibility Plan. Or, you may request a copy of the Compass Early Learning and Care Accessibility Standards Policy guidelines or any other document required under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act or the Customer Service Standard. To do so, please call 705-749-3488 or send email to info@compasselc.com. Please specify how you would like to receive the documents (by mail, email, large print, etc.).


We would like to hear your comments, questions and suggestions about the accessibility of our services. Those who wish to provide such feedback are encouraged to do so:

  • In person at 550 Braidwood Avenue, Peterborough ON K9J 1W1
  • By telephone at 705-749-3488
  • In writing to: Accessibility Feedback, 550 Braidwood Avenue, Peterborough ON K9J 1W1
  • By email to: info@compasselc.com

Please include details such as date, time and location, and the best way to contact you if you would like a response.