Materials Initiative

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Click here for a list of commonly donated items.

At Compass Early Learning and Care, we are working to build a better future for our children.  We believe that this vision includes rethinking the materials and resources that find their way to landfill as junk or to the recycle bin.  We are excited by the idea that many of these materials offer excellent learning tools for children. We are planning an initiative to re-purpose unwanted manufacturing cut-offs and discards for use by children, educators, families and artists.

Compass ELC is seen as a leader in our province for early learning and care.  We are a non-profit charitable organization that provides high quality early learning and care for over 1700 children each day in the City and County of Peterborough, City of Kawartha Lakes and Durham Region.  For more than thirty years, our organization has been growing, expanding our vision of early learning and child care and enhancing our learning environments to truly honour our belief in children as competent and full of wonder.

“When children interact with loose parts they enter a world of “what if” that promotes the type of thinking that leads to problem solving and theoretical reasoning. Loose parts enhance children’s ability to think imaginatively and see solutions, and they bring a sense of adventure and excitement to children’s play.” ~Lisa Daly & Marium Beloglovsky,Loose Parts: Inspiring Play in Young Children

Imagine being in partnership with a progressive community organization that takes typically discarded materials and uses them as a rich resource for exploration, creativity and educational endeavors.  We would like your help to shape this project and re-purpose your clean industrial discards.  If you are ready for a unique opportunity to support the environment through waste reduction, contribute to the education of young children and save money in your waste disposal costs, please contact Angela Hoar at or call 705-927-5241.

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Media Coverage

We spoke with Peterborough Currents about the Atelier. Click here to read the article and see the photos.

Hayden Watters from CBC visited our Materials Initiative Atelier space. Check out his visit captured here.