Catholic Education Resources

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

The Center for Early Learning provides a variety of curriculum resources, professional development and consultation and other resources:

Stories of God's Love

In a collaborative endeavor with RCL-Benziger, University of Dayton early childhood faculty, the Bombeck Family Learning Center curriculum specialist and school-based partners have written a religion readiness program entitled Stories of God's Love. This Bible-based program is written following the directives developed by the U.S. Council of Catholic Bishops. The program is based on the principles of developmental practices and includes a child-centered and play-based approach considered to be research-based practice for young children. 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 pre-school or kindergarten age child.

The program is divided into three series: one for 3- and 4-year-olds, one for 4- and 5-year-olds, and one for kindergartners. Catholic school teachers and parish-based catechists can choose from either a multi-day teacher guide designed for school-based programs or a one-day teacher guide developed for parish-based catechists. Seasonal leaflets introduce and explore holy days, holidays and the seasons of the year. A music component, poster set and program director manual completes the program.

To support Catholic school teachers and catechists, the Bombeck Institute provides catechists with video applications of sample sessions with 4- and 5-year-old children. The weekly lessons are taught by a master preschool teacher from the University of Dayton's demonstration school, the Bombeck Family Learning Center. The lessons are filmed on-site and include excerpts from the lessons using the one-day guide.

For more information about Stories of God's Love, visit the RCL Benziger's website.


NCEA conference presentation

View Dr. Shauna Adams' workshop presentation (ppt) for the National Catholic Education Association Conference.

The Importance of Developmentally Appropriate Practice in the Faith Formation of Young Children

Join the authors of Stories of God's Love (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:

Stories of God's Love Webinar Part 2 from Be My Disciples on Vimeo.