The Bombeck Family Learning Center
The Bombeck Family Learning Center is the
Three R's: The Bombeck Center Way
- Respect: We are a community of learners in an environment of respect for children, families, teachers, and staff.
- Reflective Practice: Quality care and education require conscious reflection of the people, policies, and practice that take place.
- Research: We base our practice on the rich historical research in
early childhoodthat has determined best practices for working with children.
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A Caring Learning Environment
At the University of Dayton's Bombeck Family Learning Center, our main goal is providing the very best care and education experiences for children by working in partnership with their families as the children grow and develop from ages birth through five years. As the demonstration school for the Early Childhood
The family spirit that prevails at our Catholic, Marianist university guides us to advocate for young children and their families regardless of cultural, socio-economic, ethnic, or religious background. As leaders in the early childhood community, our faculty and staff enjoy reaching out to the community in ways that improve young lives in our region and advance the development of knowledge in the field of early childhood education.
Our center is a unique, caring, learning community. If you are not already a part of it, I hope that your online visit leads you to consider visiting us in person. We are always happy to give tours to parents, professional colleagues at other early childhood centers, university classes, and any other person or organization interested in observing a high-quality program for infants through preschoolers.
Since 2000, the Bombeck Family Learning Center has been an integral part of the
The Department of
Please contact us to learn more about our
The ACCESS Framework
E: Emergent and negotiated curriculum
S: Science emphasis
S: Standards integrated
Guidelines and Standards
Our curriculum implements Ohio's Infant and Toddler Guidelines and the Ohio Early Learning Content Standards. Based on these guidelines and standards, our curriculum:
- Is emergent and follows the children's interests.
- Is assessment supported.
- Provides for the physical, social/emotional, language, aesthetic, and cognitive development of the children.
- Is socially relevant.
- Engages children intellectually.
- Is personally meaningful to the children.
- Builds on children's knowledge and abilities.
- Integrates content matter.
- Makes meaningful connections.
- Supports children’s home cultures.
- Reflects realistic and attainable goals.
- Allows children to represent their knowledge in a wide variety of ways.
Milestones and Development
Assessment documents milestones and development as well as progress in the Early Learning Content Standards, identifies challenges and interventions, screens children to provide a baseline, and supports emerging curriculum. We use assessment to plan and implement curriculum, to determine individual and whole-class progress, and to inform and initiate interventions.
Children are evaluated informally in the classroom, where the child feels comfortable, by familiar adults on a consistent and ongoing basis. Formal assessments and screenings are done for specific reasons with the consent of parents and by trained, experienced professionals (i.e., teachers or consultants). Parental permission is required prior to formal testing, and results are discussed during conferences. Assessment information is shared with parents quarterly, through either conferences and/or written reports.
Our faculty and staff follow ethical standards for maintaining confidentiality of assessments. Parents may ask to view any assessment information at any time. State-required forms with confidential information and evaluation results are kept in the children's files in the office area. Daily assessments and behavioral observations are kept in confidential files within the classroom. They are used to help teachers plan both individual and whole-class activities. Portfolios are openly displayed for parents and children to view, as no confidential information is included in them.
Parents may contribute to assessment data in several ways. Parents are consistently asked for information about children during daily discussions at dropoff and pickup times, or during conferences and
Initial screenings are
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Five classrooms and several indoor and outdoor experiential areas
We encourage all prospective families to contact us to arrange a visit to our beautiful facility, located on the campus of the University of Dayton near the intersection of Brown and Stewart streets.
Our 21,000-square-foot center features large, open classrooms with an abundance of natural light that encourages young learners to explore in a safe environment. Each of our rooms is staffed by a three-teacher team, all of whom are either certified by the Child Development Association or possess a master's, bachelor's or associate's
- Sunbeams: Infants between 6 weeks and 12 months of age
- Flyers: Toddlers age 12 to 24 months
- Gliders: Toddlers age 24 to 36 months
- Explorers, Voyagers and Jets: Preschoolers age 3 to 5 years
We also offer several spacious, outdoor learning and playspaces with age-appropriate playstations and toys that help children develop gross and fine motor skills, as well as other areas of development. The children also tend a garden each year during the growing season.
Our facility and staffing structure allows us to offer ratios of caregivers /children that easily exceed state standards. For children from birth to 18 months, we have a ratio of 1:4. For children from 18 to 36 months, our ratio is 1:5. For preschoolers age 3 and older, our ratio is 1:8. Students from the university's early childhood
A $3.8 million renovation of the Bombeck Family Learning Center in 2002 helped transform what was a childcare center into an early childhood demonstration school for the University of Dayton's School of Education & Allied Professions. Students in the early childhood education program take a portion of their coursework in the center's fully wired multimedia-ready classroom.
A $1 million gift by the family of late columnist Erma Bombeck '49 spurred the renovation. The Bombeck family "all agreed it would be a great memorial for Erma and our entire family," Bill Bombeck '50 said when the center was dedicated. "We are proud to be part of the learning center."
How do you find us?
The Bombeck Family Learning Center is open weekdays from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
We ask that all parents adhere to those hours for dropoff and pickup. Arriving early or late creates a difficult situation for the child as teachers’ responsibilities begin and end at those times. Late fees will be charged for late pickups.
Our calendar is aligned with the
Getting to the Bombeck Center
The Bombeck Center is located at 941 Albert Street, on the corner of Stewart Street, on the
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Now Enrolling for Preschool!
Please call (937) 229-5378 for more information, or see below.
The Bombeck Family Learning Center has
Depending on enrollment levels, we maintain a waiting list at each age level that is based on priority rank and date of pre-enrollment application. The priority ranking is as follows:
- University of Dayton family with a sibling already enrolled
- Non-University of Dayton family with a sibling already enrolled
- University of Dayton family without a sibling enrolled
- University of Dayton student
- University of Dayton alumni
- General public
How to Register
- Please contact us to discuss the availability of
openingsand your desired enrollment date and to schedule a tour of the facility with the center director.
- Download the Pre-Enrollment Form (pdf) or pick up a form from the center. Submit the form along with a non-refundable registration fee of $50 (check or money order) to the center. This places your child(ren) permanently on the waiting list.
- When a position is available, we will notify you. Once the position is offered and accepted, you will need to pay a one-week deposit. This is returned if you give a two-week written notice of withdrawal.
- We will set up a pre-enrollment conference for parents and teachers to exchange information and address concerns.
- You will be asked to review the center's handbook and sign the agreement to abide by center policies.
- You will also complete an enrollment packet and submit necessary paperwork.
- Prior to the first day of attendance, you and your child may visit his/her room and the rest of the facility.