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.

The New School Year has Begun

Posted on October 01, 2015 in category Director's Blog

SYC teachers volunteered their last weeks of summer this year, to undertake a new project of organization.  After 46 years (SYC began in 1969) things began to accumulate.  It was time to carefully purge unneeded and unused items and clean.  Thanks to the extra week of volunteering, we were able to complete our project during teacher work week and start the year off fresh.  We created a central storage area for all the classrooms, and were able to declutter the classes to make them more visually appealing to the children, teachers and parents.  We’ve already received great feedback from returning SYC parents on the new spaces!

The 2015-2016 school year has started.  With the church construction, drop off and pick ups have been a little more challenging than in previous years, due to the lack of parking spaces.  We developed a plan to alleviate some of that stress of finding a parking space.  We are thankful to the parents for working on this with us.  We know that the inconvenience will be short lived and the improvements made in the building will be worth it.

The fall like weather really made it feel like the start of the school year.  Kids are still settling in and exploring their new environments, discovering new/old things, starting to make new friendships and of course playing.  We look forward to what the year will bring us.

…Amy Rudawsky, Co-director


Posted on July 10, 2015 in category Director's Blog

We hope you have been enjoying your summer and will continue to enjoy the remainder of it. The new school year will be here before we know it.

This school year you will notice many changes throughout our SYC environment. As most of you know Stephanie Rottmayer retired as SYC Director in May. We are excited that she will continue to provide her guidance and expertise as a program consultant.  Susan Roscigno and Amy Rudawsky will now be Co-Directors as well as classroom teachers. Combined Susan and Amy, have over 17 years teaching experience at SYC, and 6 years experience as a parent at SYC. Susan and Amy are committed to the SYC philosophy and look forward to taking on this new role.

You may notice some other changes inside our  building. Many classroom teachers will be in different classrooms and with different teams than they have been with for the past few years. We have such talented teachers and look forward to what they will bring to their new environment, learning from and with each other and the children.

Lastly, the other change you’ll notice to our environment is the removal of the large pine tree in the courtyard and the final stages of building construction. Although this tree has been a big symbol at SYC, it was necessary to be removed both because it was unwell and as part of the courtyard and hallway redesign. On the positive side, we have a lot more light in the classrooms, the hallways between the church and SYC will be widened and ADA compliant, and 2-year-old families will not have to go back outside to enter the classroom. And we’ll have a new courtyard area to explore as the construction wraps up in the fall.

We know change can be hard as well as exciting.  Whether we are prepared for it or not, it comes all the same. Our goal is to make these transitions as seamless as possible. Thank you for trusting us and joining us on this journey!

…Susan Roscigno and Amy Rudawsky, Co-Directors


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.