About Compass Child Care: How Two Minnesota Sisters turned an industry of problems into child care centers full of solutions!
Early childhood education is the very foundation upon which all other education is built, and that is truly exciting.
Meet Ginger, Compass Co-Founder
Ginger Olson is truly a kid at heart.
Her love of children can be traced to an earlier time in her life, influenced by Mrs. Dempsey, one of her high school teachers.
"Love of children is just one part of running a successful childcare facility," Olson notes. "I need to balance that with the ability to plan, maintain order, and design play with a purpose."
As Olson's interest in childcare grew, she focused on learning these aspects and applied her knowledge as an employee and volunteer at church, corporate schools, and other child care programs.
"When I became a mom, that really provided practical experience about the needs of children as well as parents, which has helped my perspective with the everyday needs at Compass."
Olson brainstormed alongside her sister, Amy Steiner, about how to build their dream child care center and how it would be set apart from others. Their combined passion was based on building a safe, educational environment that would be a home away from home.
"We didn't spend much time thinking about how this venture could be profitable for ourselves. We were excited about what we could do to serve these kids and our communities."
Olson feels they are laying the groundwork for the educators that will one day work with the children who start at Compass. She hopes children will start school with a foundation where kids develop a love of learning.
"Every time I see a child with that 'I get it!' look in their eye, I feel I have the best job in the world," Olson says. When a child is successful at zipping their own coat or tying their shoes or taking their first step, Olson is proud in the child's accomplishments and thinks of the incredible trust parents grant them to work with their children.
Being flexible during times of growth or dealing with a pandemic has been challenging, but Olson states that she is determined to maintain her ideals of providing a safe, positive and educational environment through this time at Compass Child Care .
"Every time I see a child with that 'I get it!' look in their eye, I feel I have the best job in the world."