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.


Posted on May 12, 2015 in category Director's Blog SYC Announce

April and May ending rituals at SYC like the firetruck visits, the butterflies, the chicks, the family picnics and the teacher appreciation luncheon are all reminding me that these are my last such events as Director of the school. These are Adele’s last days as well and so it’s a bittersweet time.  We have both loved working at SYC and I am happy to be staying on for one more year as Program Consultant a few days a week.  Adele and I are planning to schedule walks and lunches together to help us through the transition.

This place nurtured me as a young parent as well as providing an emotionally safe place for my own children to grow and develop and then for me as well as I became a teacher and then director.

Jan Waters, the Director before me made a great statement that guided me as director. “Adults keep changing educational theories and ideas all the time.  New standards for learning are set every once in awhile in hopes that children will learn faster. But the truth is that nothing has changed about the way children learn and grow. Children learn best by playing together. We have discovered HOW and WHAT they learn by playing, but the primary fact remains that children needs lots of time to play without a bunch of adult structure and rules.”

I know that our new co-directors Amy Rudawsky and Susan Roscigno are dedicated to keeping our school a place where children can develop and learn naturally at their own pace. This makes me feel secure in SYC’s future even through all the upset that changes can bring.

Adele and I will always be part of the SYC family along with all of you.

…Stephanie Rottmayer

SYC Open Today!

Posted on February 24, 2015 in category SYC Announce

SYC will be open on Tuesday, February 24 even though Columbus City Schools are closed.

School Closing Policy Change

Posted on February 23, 2015 in category SYC Announce

Tired of missing school at SYC because of the cold? So are we!

It’s been an unusually cold and snowy winter so far with spring a long way off, and we’ve already had to close SYC for six days due to the weather (and once due to water problems). Many classes will need to offer make-up days and, while we’re happy to do so, we’d rather be at school now and we think that your children would, too.

Our policy to close when Columbus City Schools closes makes sense when the roads are unsafe, but because our children do not wait for buses or walk to school, it doesn’t always make sense for us to close for low temperatures. We see many families out and about on those cold days and know that for many a quick trip from house to car to school is preferable to staying cooped up all day or having to make it up later.

As a result, for the time being we will no longer necessarily close SYC when Columbus City Schools closes. The SYC staff will make a decision on a day-to-day basis, taking into consideration road conditions and weather. We may also choose to close for the morning and open for the afternoon if it seems appropriate. We will aim to notify parents (email, Facebook, text, website) soon after Columbus makes their decision, but at least by 6:30 am for morning/all day cancellations and by about 9:30 am for afternoon cancellations. If Columbus closes, we will post whether we are closing or whether we are staying open. Keep in mind that last-minute cancellations are always a possibility due to other factors (water, heat, etc.) regardless of what happens in Columbus.

After trying this out for the rest of the school year, we will revisit the plan and, with the SYC Committee, decide on a policy for next year.

It is always up to you to decide if it is safe for your family to get to SYC. Our families come from far and near, have different comfort levels with the cold/snow, and have different needs. We trust that you’ll do what you need to do for your family.

Please bear with us as we work thorough this change!

SYC Closed Friday, February 20 – Non Priority Registration Postponed

Posted on February 19, 2015 in category SYC Announce

In accordance with our policy to close when Columbus City Schools close for weather related reasons, SYC will be closed on Friday, February 20.

Because of this, we are postponing the processing of non-priority applications for the 2015-16 school year until 12:00 noon on Monday, February 23.  Applicants can turn in their applications before that time and still be included in the registration lottery.

The deadline for submitting scholarship applications for the 2015-16 school year is also being extended until 12:00 noon on Monday, February 23.