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.

Remaining openings for the 2016-17 School Year

Posted on February 14, 2016 in category SYC Announce

After priority registration for our 2016-17 school year opened on February 12, we have openings remaining. Those openings are as follows:


Spaces Remaining Waitlist Length Usual Turnover Rate
Mon-Wed AM 2’s 0 1 low
Tues-Thurs AM 2’s 0 5 low
January Friday 2’s 1 0 medium
Mon-Wed-Fri AM 3’s 0 7 low
Tues-Thurs AM 3’s 7 0 medium
Tues-Wed-Thurs PM 3/4’s 6 0 high
Mon-Wed-Fri AM 4’s 0 14 very low
Tues-Thurs AM 4’s 2 0 high
Tues-Wed-Thurs-Fri PM 4/5’s 0 2 medium

Please keep in mind that these results are preliminary.  Although each year is different, we usually have a good deal of waitlist movement between February and the beginning of the school year in September.  We send monthly e-mail updates to all families on waitlists to keep parents informed of the changes.

Those wishing to apply for our remaining openings have until 12:00 noon on Friday, February 19 turn their applications into us in order for their children to be placed in the non-priority lottery for non-priority placement.

If you have questions about our registration procedures, please contact us at 614-267-0254.

2016-17 Priority Processing Deadline is Tomorrow

Posted on February 11, 2016 in category From the Office

2016-17 Priority Processing Deadline is Tomorrow

All Priority Applications for the 2016-17 School year need to be in before 12 pm tomorrow, February 12. Priority applicants are currently enrolled children, siblings of children who have attended SYC in the past, children of parents who attended SYC in the past and children whose parents are First UU Church MEMBERS. Any application turned in after 12 pm will be considered non-priority or new to SYC and will be processed after 12 pm on February 19. Please contact the SYC office at 614-267-0254, if you have any questions.

Friends & Family Scholarship Donations

Posted on January 25, 2016 in category SYC Announce

Friends & Family Scholarship Donations

Dear Friends & Family,

We are writing you for support of School for Young Children. SYC is a very unique place; we teach and support children in their emotional and social development through play, their primary language.

SYC has a scholarship fund for families who otherwise cannot afford to send their children to preschool.  The money we receive comes from donations on this website and the auction.  If you are able to donate please click the Donate button on the right.  The full amount of your donation is tax deductible and will go entirely to the scholarship fund.

Please feel free to tell your friends and family. With your support, SYC can continue to help children who would not otherwise have the opportunity to discover the joys of learning through play.


Thank you for your support,

The SYC Family

SYC Snow/Emergency Closing Policy

Posted on January 11, 2016 in category From the Office

SYC Snow/Emergency Closing Policy

SNOW/EMERGENCY CLOSING POLICY: 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, we will not 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.