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Bombeck Family Learning Center

941 Alberta Street
Dayton, OH 45409

(937) 229-2158


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Philosophy & Approach

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"We who are involved in early childhood education at the University of Dayton are dedicated to giving our full attention to the needs of all the children whom we care for and educate. We believe that the positive experiences of infants, toddlers and young children are critical to healthy development and that these experiences establish a foundation from which children can reach their full potential. Our philosophy is based on childhood theorists, Jean Piaget, Lev Vygotski, Maria Montessori, Erick Erikson and the early childhood movement from Reggio Emilia, Italy. We believe that children benefit from practices that are well grounded in research. We also strive to maintain a program where children and families from all religious, racial and ethnic backgrounds will find an environment that embraces their similarities and differences.
Excerpted from the preschool's website

A Typical Day

Sunbeams - Young Infants: 6 weeks to approximately 14 Months
The daily schedules in the infant room are totally individualized. The needs of each young infant determine their schedule and even as they begin to establish a daily routine of needs and wants, it is ever changing. Room staff works with the parents so that the infant-initiated routines may be anticipated, acknowledged and promptly responded to. Parents are encouraged to visit the infant room at any time of the day. A system of record keeping is in place so that there is continuous and consistent care between home and center
Flyers - Older Infants: 14 to 24 Months
7:30 Arrival and Free Play
8:30 Diapering
9:00 Transition
9:10 Gym
9:45 Morning Snack
10:05 Transition
10:15 Indoor Activities (song, games, finger plays, small muscle activities)
Outdoor Activities (warm weather)
10:45 Transition
11:00 Quiet or Musical activities in the room/Diapering
11:20 Transition and preparation for lunch
11:30 Lunch
12:00 Naptime (Quiet time for early risers)
3:00 Snack time
3:30 Gym/Outdoor Activities (weather dependant)
4:00 Transition
4:15 Creative/small activities
4:45 Free play and departure
Gliders – Toddlers: 24 Months to 30 Months
7:30-9:00 Arrival and free play/small group activities
9:05-9:30 Snack available
9:30-10:15 Gym
10:15-11:00 Outside play/Indoor activities
11:00-11:30 Diaper changes
11:30-11:45 Prepare for Lunch
11:45-12:15 Lunch-family style
12:15-300 Naptime/Books on cots
3:00-3:30 Diaper changes/Snack available
3:30-4:00 Gym
4:00-5:00 Outside play/Indoor activities
5:00-6:00 Diaper changes/Indoor activities
Rockets - Toddlers: 30-36 Months
7:30-9:00 Free Play and Circle Time
9:00-9:30 Snack and Clean up
9:30-10:15 Playground or Classroom Activity
10:15-11:00 Gym
10:30-10:40 Diapering/Toileting
10:40-11:30 Large Playground/Small Group Activity
11:30-11:45 Circle Time and Hand Washing
11:45-12:15 Lunch
12:15-12:30 Clean up, Diapering and Prepare for nap
12:30-3:00 Nap, Quiet Activities and Diapering
3:00-3:15 Prepare for Snack
3:15-3:45 Eat Snack, Clean up
3:45-4:25 Afternoon Activity/Large Playground
4:25-4:50 Gym
4:50-6:00 Free Play/departure
Explorers and Voyagers- Pre-Schoolers: 3 and 4 Years
7:30-9:00 Welcome/Free Play/Teacher Directed Activity
9:00-9:30 Morning Snack
9:30-10:00 Gym Time/Outdoor Play
10:00-10:45 Circle Time
10:45-11:30 Indoor Free Play/Outdoor Play
11:30-12:30 Preparation and Lunch
12:30-3:00 Rest Time/Quiet Activities
3:00-3:30 Afternoon Snack
3:30-4:40 Child Centered Activities/Free Play/Teacher Directed Activity
4:45-5:30 Gym Time/Outdoor Play
5:30-6:00 Clean Up/Open Classroom "
Excerpted from the preschool's website

Home-School Connection

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • Fundraise
  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • Go on field trips
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Receive newsletters

Modes of Communication

  • Notes
  • Phone Calls
  • Voice Mail
  • Email
  • Special Meetings
  • Two or More Regular Conferences
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school