ACCESS Curriculum

image of access logoChildren & teachers working together to create curriculum that inspires.

The ACCESS Curriculum is co-authored by Dr. Shauna Adams, Dr. Joni Baldwin, Joy Comingore and Dr. Mary Kay Kelly and is based on a decision-making framework that is being implemented at the University of Dayton's (UD) Demonstration School, the Bombeck Family Learning Center (Bombeck Center) and other schools in the Miami Valley region.  The work reflects years of partnering with teachers who work with young children including those with special learning needs.  

The Bombeck Center teachers and administrators have worked with UD's early childhood faculty to implement this curriculum that: (1) uses authentic assessment data to support instructional decisions; (2) encourages high quality teacher-child interactions and is child-centered and play-based; (3) benefits from an emergent negotiated curriculum that incorporates integrated project-based learning; (4) provides children with opportunities to acquire both developmental skills and early learning content; and (5) supports teacher development of in-depth science content knowledge to support child outcomes.

The ACCESS Curriculum is a STEM Curriculum based on the belief that children are unique, capable individuals who are able to construct their own knowledge.  It is grounded in early childhood research and theory, and knowledge of early childhood development. 


Programs that Have Adopted the ACCESS Curriculum:

  • Bellbrook/Sugarcreek Schoolsimage of access
  • Kleptz Early Learning Center, Northmont City Schools
  • The Nurturing Nest, Early Learning Center in Dayton Ohio
  • Dayton Public Schools
  • Springfield City Schools
  • Warren County Educational Service Center
  • Wayne Local Schools
  • Franklin City Schools
  • Alden R. Brown Preschool, Carlisle Ohio
  • Baby Land Infant Care, Kettering Ohio  (Birth – 18 months)

Supporting Local Teachers Who Use the ACCESS Curriculum

Preschool teachers in Springfield City Schools have worked with Joy Comingore and Joni Baldwin to bring ACCESS investigations, mini investigations and daily routines into their classrooms.  Dr. Baldwin continues to work with Northmont preschool special needs teachers to examine how writing is being taught. Joy Comingore and Susan Hampel are helping veteran and new teachers implement ACCESS in Dayton Public Schools. In order to connect our UD graduates who are teaching in the region, Dr. Baldwin leads a support network of former students who are new to the field of teaching and seasoned teachers to support the integration of the ACCESS Curriculum in their pre-school, kindergarten and 1st grade classrooms.

New ACCESS Book Released

image of book coverACCESS to Earth and Physical Science: For Preschool and the Primary Grades
Authors: Shauna Adams & Joy Commingore

ACCESS to Physical and Earth Science:  Investigation Starters for Preschool, Kindergarten and the Primary Grades was developed and field-tested by early childhood teachers for early childhood teachers.  The investigation starters in this book feature both physical and earth science concepts with topics that are appropriate for children ages 3 through 8.  Each investigation includes step-by-step directions for the adults, a list of questions designed to encourage curiosity and inquiry, as well as a description of what the children will learn during the experience.  Materials lists, a bibliography of books for children and teachers, and an assessment tool is included.  The science content for each experience has been approved by experts in the fields of geology, biology, physics and engineering. 

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Development of ACCESS Administrator Training

In August, 2015 Ashley Marshall and Amy Szymaszek Kronberg conducted a training for administrators of programs implementing the ACCESS Curriculum.  This training included an introduction to the curriculum, overview of the administrator observation guide, and the opportunity to practice using the tools in the Bombeck Family Learning Center classrooms.  Overall, the feedback from participants was positive, and feedback was gathered regarding elements to be included in an administrator toolkit.

ACCESS Curriculum website gets a new look

image of websiteWe are pleased to announce the recent launch of a newly redesigned website which can be found at Due to the increased interest in the ACCESS Curriculum, the website now features a modern and fresh look and provides more in-depth information on the ACCESS Curriculum.  The new site is more aesthetically pleasing, easier to navigate and rich in content and resources.

The dynamic new site now offers both a public and private side available to current districts that have adopted the ACCESS Curriculum.  On the private side, members will be able to view and explore comprehensive investigation samples, content tool kits on important science topics, downloadable forms and templates and exclusive tips and resources for teachers and early childhood providers.