Early Childhood Leadership & Advocacy Program Faculty

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Dr. Shauna Adams

Dr. Shauna Adams is the Executive Director of the University of Dayton Center for Early Learning. Her expertise is in child development, preschool methods and early childhood advocacy.  She works closely with the teachers, staff and administrators at the Bombeck Family Learning Center, the university’s early childhood demonstration school. This relationship has inspired her efforts to co-author an early childhood program administration textbook.

Dr. Adams enjoys meeting her online students at conferences where she frequently presents and also mans the University of Dayton booth in the exhibit hall. The next time you are at the NAEYC conference, stop by and say hello. 

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Dr. Mary Lou Andrews

Dr. Mary Lou Andrews is the Assistant Dean and Licensure Officer for the School of Education & Health Sciences. Her focus is monitoring undergraduate and graduate students as they progress through the teaching licensure programs, earning State of Ohio teaching licenses. She works closely with first-year students as they develop their schedules for their first term at the University of Dayton and with students preparing to graduate. She also works closely with students' advisors and with other administrators across the university.

She is available to answer questions regarding licensure issues and to meet with prospective as well as current students.

Dr. Andrews teaches the diversity course for students in the Early Childhood Leadership & Advocacy Program. 

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Professor Elizabeth Engelhardt

Elizabeth Engelhardt has more than 35 years of experience in early childhood education, including 15 years as an administrator of an NAEYC-accredited childcare center and several years as a childcare licensing specialist, a CDA advisor, and a mentor to directors and student teachers. Presently, she teaches at the University of Dayton. She authored The Director Mentoring Program, co-authored Dayton's Children – A Resource Guide for Families, and Becoming a Director: Lessons Learned, published in Child Care Information Exchange (2006).

Engelhardt has presented at local, state and national conferences and is the past president of the Dayton Association for Young Children, a member of the Montgomery County Early Childhood Education Coalition, and moderator for the Montgomery County Directors Online Group. Professor Engelhardt earned a master's degree from Pacific Oaks College specializing in Leadership in Education and Human Development and Teaching Adults in Early Childhood Education. 

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Pam Perrino

Early Childhood Advocate & Consultant

Pam Perrino has been an early childhood advocate for The Raymond John Wean Foundation since 2006 working to “connect the dots” of early childhood development services and best practices while improving the quality of care in the local early childhood community. She has worked as an infant and toddler teacher, preschool teacher, and director of an N.A.E.Y.C childcare center. Her involvement in Columbus with state-level policy-making committees ensures that the Mahoning Valley has a voice in decisions affecting young children.

Perrino has participated in the Ohio Professional Development Committee as a member of the writing team for several of Ohio’s documents, including Ohio’s Early Childhood Core Knowledge and Competencies. She participates in the state-wide Child Care Advisory Council of the Department of Jobs and Family Services.

Perrino embraces the community of online learning offered at the University of Dayton as she completed her M.S.Ed. in Early Childhood Leadership and Advocacy online at the university.


Professor Joy Comingore

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Center for Early Learning

Bombeck Family Learning Center 
300 College Park 
Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 2800

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