These are some of the most common questions we get from parents. If you have any other questions or concerns, please contact us and we will be happy to talk with you.
Yes. We are accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children. To learn more about NAEYC Accreditation, click HERE
Registration packets for our next school year will be available for download on our website sometime during the week of January 13, 2014. You can fill out the application in the packet and submit it to SYC anytime before 3:00 pm on February 14, 2014, the “processing date.” While it’s a good idea not to wait until the last minute to submit your child’s application, getting your application to us sooner than that will not increase your child’s chances of getting in. A $50 non-refundable registration fee must accompany the application of each family.
At 3:00 on February 14, 2014 we will take the applications we have received, assign each applicant a priority level*, along with a random lottery number. Applicants will be ordered first by priority level, then lottery number, then placed in classes and/or waitlisted in that order. We announce preliminary class placement results by e-mail within 3-5 days of the processing date.
Each year is different at SYC in terms of interest and enrollment. Some years it can be difficult to get a new child enrolled in our 2′s and 3′s programs because siblings of current and alumni families fill many spaces. Other years we have been able to enroll everyone who has applied by the processing date. We do typically have many changes between the February preliminary enrollment and the beginning of the school year. (Thus far in the 2013-14 year, 25 students have withdrawn from our original applicant group.)
SYC does not hold waitlists over from year to year. We also do not accept applications or maintain waiting lists for children who are too young to attend until a future year.
*Higher priority levels are given to children of members of First Unitarian Universalist Church, to the siblings of current and past SYC families, and to the children of past SYC graduates. Higher priority for next year’s 3- and 4-day-per-week 4-year-old classes is also given to children enrolled in our current year 3-day-per-week classes.
No, we are a part-time preschool program for kids aged 2-½ through 5 only.
Our morning classes meet 9:30-12 noon. Our afternoon classes meet 12:45-3:15 p.m.
At the beginning of the school year, our classes for 2-year-olds begin at 1.5 hours and gradually increase to the full 2.5 hours as the children in each class are ready for that. Also, a parent or caregiver is expected to stay at school with 2-year-olds for the first two weeks of school or longer, if the child needs that.
For our other classes for older children, we request that a parent or caregiver stay at school with their children at least for the first full day, or longer if their children struggle with separation. Your child’s teachers will work with you to come up with a plan to gradually help your child make the transition to school.
No. We view toilet learning as a developmental process and children accomplish this at their own pace. Our staff will change diapers.
We have no openings in any of our current school year classes. You can click HERE to see the wait list lengths.
SYC begins the enrollment process for the upcoming school year in January of each year. For the 2014-15 school year, children who will be age 2, but not older than age 6, on or before 9/30/14 will be age-eligible to apply. (We do not accept applications or maintain waiting lists for children who are too young to attend until a future year.)
By the second week of January application packets will be available for download HERE . The application packet will state the opening “processing date” for that school year. The processing date for applications for the 2014-15 school year is February 14, 2014 at 3:00 p.m. That is when we will process all the applications that have been submitted to us at that time. Further details about how we enroll children into classes are in the Registration Packet.
If you are reading this after the February processing date, you will be able to see HERE the enrollment and waiting list numbers for the next year’s classes, and whether we are still accepting applications for that school year. We generally have many changes throughout the spring and summer as families’ plans change.
[IMPORTANT NOTE: We are not accepting additional applications for the 2013-14 school year at this time. All classes are full and our waiting lists are unprecedentedly long. If we do re-open registration, we will announce it on the home page this website.]
No, the family registration fee is not refundable. It is to help cover the clerical costs of processing new children into our database and to limit the enrollment pool to serious applicants only.
I see the classes are all full for my child’s age group. What do I do if I want to put my child on a waitlist?
We’re sorry, but due to the unprecedentedly long length of our waitlists, SYC has stopped accepting new applications for our 2013-14 school year at this time.
It depends on the child’s age and the number of days your child attends. You can find the tuition amounts for the current school year here. (We do prorate tuition in situations where a child joins a class midway through the school year.)
We’d like for you to set up a visit to see our school to see if our program fits with what you are seeking for your child. You can do that by contacting us by phone or e-mail.
PLEASE NOTE: We are not accepting additional applications for the 2013-14 school year at this time. All classes are full with unprecedentedly long waitlists.
Yes. In order to keep classrooms from filling up with visitors, we limit visitors to one visitor per class per day, by appointment. Also, we do not accept visitors to classrooms during the first 3-4 weeks of school in order to give the teachers, students and parents in each class time to get settled. To set up a visit, contact us by phone or e-mail.
Yes. However, when parents bring a young child (except for an infant in arms) we limit the visit to 15 minutes because of the disruption factor. If you come without children, you’re welcome to stay up to an hour. Your child will be in a space with 10-18 children all a year older than s/he is. It can be both exciting and overwhelming for the child.
We know it can be difficult to find child care on weekdays. Some parents find it helpful to trade child care with friends so each parent can visit the classroom without bringing children.
If you do bring your child, you might want to have something fun planned for after the visit, because it’s not uncommon for children to be quite upset when it’s time for them to leave the classroom.