Compass Early Learning Center

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Compass Early Learning Center

Compass-North: 812.339.3429  |  Compass-Downtown: (812) 727-3737


CHILDCARE SERVICES (Infants – 6 years old)

Monroe County United Ministries provides full-time, year-round affordable childcare for children from 6 weeks to 6 years old. MCUM is proud to now offer TWO locations for our Compass Early Learning Center – Compass North (827 West 14th Court, Bloomington, IN 47404) and Compass Downtown (First United Methodist Church: 219 E 4th St, Bloomington, IN 47408). We maintain a waiting list for this high-quality, affordable program. Parents must be Monroe County residents and be working full-time or working part-time while attending school. A few spots are available for children of full-time students.


Although the program is open to households of all income levels, low-income families receive first priority for enrollment. Fees are determined on a sliding scale based on family size and income. Providing high-quality childcare in our center costs $210 per child per week for children in the 3-5 year-old range, and $250 per child per week for 2 year olds. The average family on MCUM’s sliding scale pays $60 per week, and a discount is available to families with more than one child enrolled. Eligible families are asked to apply for support through the Child Care Development Fund (CCDF), administered by Chances and Services for Youth (CASY).


MCUM is licensed by the State of Indiana. For more information about licensed childcare centers versus other provider options, visit the Indiana’s Family & Social Services Administration (FSSA) website. The FSSA site also provides a service called Carefinder, which allows parents and other concerned community members to search for care options and see the results of provider inspections and complaints filed against providers. MCUM’s program has also:

Compass Early Learning Center provides two meals and a snack each day, uses a play-based curriculum that prepares children for success in school, provides basic health services (flu shots, lead screenings, dental clinics, etc.), provides a parent resource room with employment and parenting resources, and works with many community partners to provide the best possible care.

For enrollment information, contact Traci Mehay, Business Manager, at (812) 339-3429 x40 or complete the form below.


Numerous research studies have shown that high-quality early childhood education can have a long-lasting impact on the child, the family, and the broader community. Research indicates that quality early childhood education is one of the best investments a community can make because it:

Creates successful students by…

  • increasing high school graduation rates.
  • helping children do better on standardized tests.
  • reducing grade repetition.
  • reducing the number of children placed in special education programs.
Creates responsible adults by…

  • reducing crime and delinquency.
  • lowering rates of teen pregnancy.
  • leading to better employment and higher wages as adults.
  • increasing family stability.
Creates stronger communities by…

  • returning up to $7 on every $1 invested.
  • reducing demand on welfare services.
  • reducing rates of incarceration.
  • increases rates of civic participation and voting.
Allows for better employment of parents by…

  • removing a major barrier for parents seeking employment.
  • providing consistent, dependable care that allows parents to be consistent, dependable employees.
  • allowing parents to continue their education and improve their employment prospects.

For more resources on the importance of early childhood education, visit our Helpful Links page.


*Please provide responses in English, if possible.

I am interested in enrolling a child in your program. Please contact me. [Me interesa matricular a mi niño en su programa. Por favor contácteme.]

Families seeking childcare might also be interested in the resources provided by Childhood Connections. Call 1-866-693-0672 for more information. [Tal vez les interesan los recursos proveído por Childhood Connections.  Llame 1-866-693-0672.]


Parents may be interested in the following resources:

  • The 2017 Parent Handbook can answer your questions about a wide variety of policies and procedures.
  • The program calendars for the 2017-2018 school years include holiday and closing information for the Childcare Program.
  • A copy of our Application Form to fill out and apply for our childcare program.

Online resources for parents are available at our Helpful Links page.

Winter Weather Policy: Remember that if MCCSC closes due to winter weather, MCUM closes as well. If there is a weather-related delay, MCUM operates on a normal schedule.

Family members are reminded that they are always welcome in our classrooms. Feel free to visit anytime. If you would like to eat a meal with your child, please let the staff know in advance so that the kitchen can plan ahead