About SYC . . .

School for Young Children Welcome to the website of the School for Young Children in Columbus, Ohio. Our program was founded in 1969 as a part-time preschool program.  Our philosophy has remained consistent through the years; that children be allowed to develop at their own pace in an atmosphere of free play enriched with a variety of creative materials and the support of teachers who respect them as individuals.

As a community outreach program of the First Unitarian Universalist Church, we are a welcoming school--we do not discriminate upon the basis of race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, economic status, or cultural background of parents or children.

We have openings for 2016-17

Posted on April 20, 2016 in category From the Office

SYC has openings in the afternoon 4/5s class for the next school year. Children need to be 4 by 9/30/16 to be eligible for this class. Also, our waitlists are very small for our TTh am 3s, TTh am 4s and TWTh pm 3/4s class. If you are interested, please call Holly in the SYC office at 614-267-0254 to schedule a tour and/or ask any questions. There is a $60 application fee and enrollment paperwork can be found here.

2016-17 School Year

Updated  4/20/2016

Class Spots Available # on waitlist
MW am 2’s 0 13
TTh am 2’s 0 15
January Fri 2’s 0 13
MWF am 3’s 0 12
TTh am 3’s 0 2
TWTh pm 3/4’s 0 2
MWF am 4’s 0 12
TTh am 4’s 0 1
TWThF pm 4/5’s 2 0

Coming Home to Play

Posted on April 13, 2016 in category Director's Blog

Coming Home to Play

You know what that’s like: when you’re used to being the odd person out, the one who just doesn’t fit, and then you get together with a group of people with whom you have something in common and it feels like home.

Many of the SYC teachers had this feeling last weekend when we went to the first annual Play EmPowers Rally in Maryland.  At other professional conferences, we often feel like we are the only ones who believe in the power of play, who respect children for who they are right now, who know that children learn best when they are loved and listened to.  But at the PEP Rally, we met other like-minded early childhood professionals from around the country and around the world.  We shared stories about the incredible learning that can only happen when children take risks, about how children must move and do in order to learn, and about how to spread that message out into the wider world.  We’ve come back from this incredible weekend inspired and invigorated!  We’ve found our people and have been reminded that we are part of a movement to return play to its place of importance in early childhood education.  Join us!

…Susan Roscigno, SYC Co-Director

Teacher Tom and SYC

Teacher Tom with SYC Teachers at the Pep Rally


Posted on March 21, 2016 in category SYC Announce

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Stephanie is retiring

Posted on March 18, 2016 in category Director's Blog

Stephanie is retiring

Last May, I retired from being the director at the School for Young Children but I stayed on as a Program Consultant this year to support the new Co-Directors, Susan Roscigno and Amy Rudawsky.  It was an event filled year in the midst of construction but the school and new directors made it through brilliantly. So at the end of this May, I am retiring completely.

I have loved every minute at SYC since I enrolled my two young sons here. I volunteered in their classes and then began teaching here in 1976. During that time, I discovered that I loved working with young children, so I went back for my Masters in Child Development from Pacific Oaks College. I became the director in 2005 when Jan Waters retired.

It has been a joy and an honor to spend these last 40 years with the community of SYC—children, families, staff and the greater church community. I could not have chosen a better path to follow and will always be grateful that I had that opportunity. I’ll probably end up volunteering in next year’s classes, at least a little, along with other retired SYC teachers. We can’t seem to stay way.

…Stephanie Rottmayer, Soon-to-be Director Emerita