Frequently Asked Questions

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.

SYC FAQs

Are you nationally accredited?

Yes.  We are accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children.  To learn more about NAEYC Accreditation, click HERE

When and how do I apply for my child to attend SYC for the 2014-15 school year?

SYC’s 2014-15 classes filled up with extremely long wait lists the day we registration opened, on February 14, 2014.  Therefore at this time we are not accepting new applications for the 2014-15 school year.

Do you offer infant or other child care in addition to your 2½ hour classes?

No, we are a part-time preschool program for kids aged 2-½ through 5 only.

What are the hours your classes meet?

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.

Does my child need to be toilet trained to attend?

No.  We view toilet learning as a developmental process and children accomplish this at their own pace.  Our staff will change diapers.

Do you have any openings for the current school year?

We have no openings in any of our current school year classes.  You can click HERE to see the wait list lengths.

When and how can I apply for my child to attend SYC?

SYC begins the enrollment process for the upcoming school year in January of each year.  For the 2015-16 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 2014-15 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.]

Is the registration fee refundable if my child doesn’t get in to SYC?

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 2014-15 school year at this time.

What if I didn’t get my first choice class for my child?

Accepting or declining a space in a second- or third-choice class will have no effect on your status on the waitlist(s) of any other class(es).  You can decline the offer (by not signing the contract or paying the tuition deposit) and still remain on other class waitlists.

If you sign the contract and we are later able to offer you a space in the class that you would prefer, any money you’ve paid toward next year will be applied to your first choice class, and when you sign the contract for your first-choice class, we will release you from the terms of your original contract.  However, please do not sign your contract and pay the deposit unless you are willing for your child to actually attend the class listed on your contract, in the event we are not able to offer you your preferred option.  A signed contract and paid deposit obligates you to pay for that class unless we are able to find a replacement child to fill the spot.

How much does it cost to attend SYC?

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.)

My child will be old enough to attend next September. What’s the next step?

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.

Do I need to make an appointment to visit your school?

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.

Can I bring my child with me when I visit the school?

Yes.  However, when parents bring a young child (except for an infant in arms) we strictly limit the visit to 15 minutes because of the class 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 a child, we suggest you have something fun planned for after the visit, because it’s not uncommon for children to be extremely upset when it’s time for them to leave the classroom.