Low Staff-to-Student Ratios


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 education program add even more support for the children in our care.


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."