Center for Early Learning

The Center for Early Leaning advances the University of Dayton's Marianist Mission to respond to changing times and engage in important community outreach. In the University of Dayton Vision of Excellence (2004), "Regional Relationships and Service to Society" is identified as a means to "become involved with all aspects of the diverse regional community to which we belong. Service to our region and beyond in the cause of social justice, peace, and other goals that contribute to the common good are further manifestations of the Marianist spirit of Christian humanism that guides our university."

Community outreach at its best

The Center for Early Learning serves as an umbrella organization that drives the following four initiatives:

Online offerings at the Bombeck Institute

Button to registerThis spring, the Bombeck Institute offers four online training courses:

  • Reconnecting with Kids through the Five I's of Accomplished Teaching: The Overview
  • Kids through the Five I's of Accomplished Teaching: Intentional Teaching
  • Kids through the Five I's of Accomplished Teaching: Integrated Instruction
  • Kids through the Five I's of Accomplished Teaching: Inclusion

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Explore what child's play really means.

Dr. Shauna Adams, Director of the Center for Early Learning, talks about the importance of child's play in a 90-Second Lecture.

Image of articleCREATIVITY? IT’S CHILD’S PLAY

Read these tips from Dr. Shauna Adams about how to keep your creative juices flowing.

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Review faculty scholarship from the Center for Early Learning Initiatives >>
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Adams, Ed.D., Shauna M.

Associate Professor and Executive Director of the Center for Early LearningFull-Time FacultySchool of Education and Health Sciences: Teacher Education, Bombeck Center
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Baldwin, Ed.D., Joni L.

Associate Professor and Faculty Consultant for the Center for Early LearningFull-Time FacultySchool of Education and Health Sciences: Teacher Education, Bombeck Center
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Comingore, Joy L.

Early Childhood Curriculum and Clinical Specialist AdjunctSchool of Education and Health Sciences: Bombeck Center, Teacher Education
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Smith, Ashley 

Director of Daily Operations for the Bombeck Family Learning CenterAdjunctSchool of Education and Health Sciences: Bombeck Center
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Anderson, Rebecca (Becky) 

Infant Toddler TeacherAdjunctSchool of Education and Health Sciences: Bombeck Center
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Berus, Molly 

Infant/Toddler TeacherAdjunctSchool of Education and Health Sciences: Bombeck Center, Teacher Education
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Carone, Denyse 

Preschool TeacherStaffSchool of Education and Health Sciences: Bombeck Center
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Davis, Caroline 

Preschool TeacherAdjunctSchool of Education and Health Sciences: Bombeck Center
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Donley, Michelle 

Faith Formation InstructorStaffSchool of Education and Health Sciences: Bombeck Center
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Hampel, Susan 

Preschool TeacherStaffSchool of Education and Health Sciences: Bombeck Center
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Harris, Murless 

Preschool TeacherStaffSchool of Education and Health Sciences: Bombeck Center
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Ilic-Downing, Ljubica (Molly)  

Infant/Toddler TeacherAdjunctSchool of Education and Health Sciences: Bombeck Center
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Joppy, Janet 

Infant/Toddler TeacherStaffSchool of Education and Health Sciences: Bombeck Center
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Kelker, Ann 

Administrative AssistantStaffSchool of Education and Health Sciences: Bombeck Center
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Klosterman-Pritchard, Paula 

Infant/Toddler TeacherStaffSchool of Education and Health Sciences: Bombeck Center
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Lane, Lois 

Infant/Toddler TeacherStaffSchool of Education and Health Sciences: Bombeck Center
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Lauver, Leah 

Preschool TeacherAdjunctSchool of Education and Health Sciences: Bombeck Center
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Madison, Susan 

Preschool TeacherStaffSchool of Education and Health Sciences: Bombeck Center
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Padgett, Ellen 

Preschool TeacherStaffSchool of Education and Health Sciences: Bombeck Center
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Poppaw, Deborah (Debbie) 

Administrative SecretaryStaffSchool of Education and Health Sciences: Bombeck Center
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Rohrer, Victoria 

Infant/Toddler TeacherStaffSchool of Education and Health Sciences: Bombeck Center
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Shouse, Sandra 

Infant/Toddler TeacherStaffSchool of Education and Health Sciences: Bombeck Center
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Williams, Mary 

Infant/Toddler TeacherStaffSchool of Education and Health Sciences: Bombeck Center

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Step Up logoECLA Certificate Programs Recognized by OCCRRA


The ECLA certificate at both the graduate and undergraduate levels can now lead to the Ohio Early Childhood Program Administrators Credential recognized by the Ohio Child Care Resource and Referral Agency and Ohio's Quality and Improvement Rating System, Step Up To Quality. Students who complete the coursework for the certificate will qualify as a level 2 administrator. If they earn a bachelor's degree or master's degree in early childhood education and take the approved ECLA certificate coursework, they qualify as a level 3 administrator.

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Dr. Shauna Adams and Caroline Davis Appear on FOX News Report


FOX News explores the role of digital media devices in early childhood development. Watch the video clip to see what Dr. Shauna Adams of the Center for Early Learning and Caroline Davis of the Bombeck Family Learning Center have to say on the subject. Watch now >>

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Center for Early Learning
University of Dayton
Bombeck Family Learning Center
300 College Park 
Dayton, Ohio 45469-2800

(937) 229-2158

Deborah Poppaw
Administrative Secretary
(937) 229-2158
dpoppaw1@udayton.edu