About US

School for Young Children is a non-profit organization and outreach program of the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Columbus. SYC provides an early childhood program of excellence which supports social and emotional development through play in the context of deep, respectful relationships between teachers, children and families.

12 Things that we know to be true at SYC

  1. Young children learn through play.
  2. Children select their own play themes.
  3. Children are treated with warmth and respect by teachers.
  4. We believe in the child development process–that each child will grow and learn at her own rate.
  5. We foster children’s self-esteem.
  6. We help children learn to resolve conflicts by communicating their feelings and helping them develop problem-solving skills.
  7. Open ended art activities promote creativity.
  8. We help with the transition from home to school.
  9. Children learn group skills in a developmentally appropriate way.
  10. We believe in parents as partners in the education of their children.
  11. We promote literacy development in ways that are meaningful to young children.
  12. Joy.

Our Mission

Through play, the natural way of learning at this age, and with the support of empathetic adults with a sound knowledge of child development, SYC will fulfill its vision by:

  • Believing each individual (child, family member, and colleague) has inherent dignity and worth, and is unique.
  • Viewing and respecting each child as a whole person, including social, emotional, physical, cognitive and language development.
  • Nurturing the discovery of the world through large spans of uninterrupted, child-initiated engagement with the classrooms, outdoor spaces, and each other.
  • Supporting children and families in setting healthy boundaries and in recognizing and expressing emotions in a healthy manner.
  • Empowering parents and caregivers in the role of their children’s first and most important teachers as well as their advocates.
  • Honoring families and the diverse backgrounds, beliefs, and traditions they bring to the community.

The best place for your child to grow and develop.

– a parent

Our Philosophy

Frequent Questions

In the heart of Clintonville

We share an entrance with Chipotle on High St