Catholic Education Resources

The University of Dayton is a leader in Catholic early childhood education, and the Center for Early Learning provides a variety of curriculum resources, professional development and consultation for Catholic school teachers, catechists, parish leaders and families in the United States and internationally.

Explore the links below to learn more:

Stories of God's Love

University of Dayton early childhood faculty, the Bombeck Family Learning Center curriculum specialist and school-based partners — in a collaborative endeavor with RCL-Benziger — have written a religion readiness program called Stories of God's Love.

This Bible-based program is written following the directives developed by the U.S. Council of Catholic Bishops. The leaflet-style format proclaims age-appropriate Bible stories as well as contemporary stories that connect the scripture to the everyday life experience of a preschool or kindergarten age child. Multi-day and one-day guides are available.

The program is divided into three series:

  • Preschool (ages 3 & 4)
  • Preschool (ages 4 & 5)
  • Kindergarten

The Bombeck Institute provides catechists with video applications of sample sessions with 4- and 5-year-old children. Weekly lessons are taught by a master preschool teacher from the Bombeck Family Learning Center, and include excerpts from the one-day guide.

Learn more: Stories of God's Love >>


  • NCEA presentation (2012): Dr. Shauna Adams workshop presentation (ppt), National Catholic Education Association Conference.
  • The Importance of Developmentally Appropriate Practice in the Faith Formation of Young Children (2012): Join Dr. Shauna Adams, Joy Comingore and Lucy Salgado of the University of Dayton Bombeck Family Learning Center, as they discuss best practices in faith formation for young children:


Bombeck Early Childhood Institute and Speakers Bureau

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Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 2800