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.

SYC 2021-22 School Year & Scholarship Applications

Posted on February 01, 2021 in category SYC Announce

The School for Young Children is now accepting Enrollment and Scholarship Applications for the 2021-22 school year. Please see our Enrollment Information Page for details. Enrollment and Scholarship Applications are due by noon on Friday, March 12.


If you are new to the School for Young Children and have not toured the school, please call Holly (614-267-0254) in the SYC office to schedule a virtual tour. We strongly recommend new families take a tour to make sure SYC is a good fit for them. 

Virtual Tours for New Families

Posted on January 15, 2021 in category SYC Announce

To make sure SYC is a good fit for your family, we strongly encourage new and interested families to schedule a virtual tour before submitting an application for the 2021-22 school year. Please call Holly in the SYC office (614-267-0254) to set up a day and time for your virtual tour. Applications for the 2021-22 school year will be available starting the first week of February and will be due no later than noon on March 12.

2021-22 School Year Applications

Posted on January 11, 2021 in category SYC Announce

The application process for the 2021-22 school year will begin the first week of February. If you would like to get on our mailing list to receive the 2021-22 Registration Packet, please call Holly in the SYC office, 614-267-0254, or email her at syc@syccolumbus.org. Information about visitor tours will be out shortly.

Our SYC Values

Posted on December 02, 2020 in category SYC Announce

Our SYC Values

Have you ever sat down to identify your core values? Those things that you just wouldn’t be you with or without? The things that drive your  decisions? 

A few weeks ago the SYC teachers and staff took a look at our SYC values. From a long list, we considered which were non-negotiable, memorable and actionable starting with individual results and then compiling them: 

The top five: 

  • Relationships
  • Caring/kindness/respect/compassion
  • Collaboration/teamwork
  • Growth/risk
  • Child-centered

While not surprising, we were pleased to see how consistent these values were across the staff. We talked deeply about what each of these means, how they overlap, what it looks like and what it doesn’t look like.  

Valuing relationships 

Looks like:  

  • Focusing time and energy on relationships with children, parents, staff that build respect
  • Meeting kids and families where they are
  • Letting parents know their concerns are valid
  • Listening 

Does not look like: 

  • Avoiding each other 
  • Making judgments 

Valuing caring/kindness/respect/compassion

Looks like: 

  • Allowing children the right to take risks
  • Listening to children and supporting parents
  • Setting boundaries when needed (adults and  children) 
  • Supporting others to be their best 
  • Caring about the person as a person, seeing who they are 
  • Being with someone when they’re having hard feelings, not trying to fix or distract 

Does not look like: 

  • Disregarding children’s right to grow at their own pace 
  • Being disingenuously “nice” 

Valuing collaboration/teamwork 

Looks like: 

  • Being able to talk to each other when you have a conflict (adults and children) 
  • Bouncing ideas off each other 
  • Acknowledging that parents know their child, teachers know child development
  • Working together (parents, teachers, directors) to help children 
  • Taking chances, getting out of your comfort zone 
  • Being listened to, valued 
  • Should also remember that this is a work in progress 

Does not look like: 

  • When you can’t share your thoughts and ideas, can’t take risks 
  • One person is the “expert” 

We’re proud of the work we do every day to uphold these values, while acknowledging there’s always room for growth. We will keep these values in the forefront as we make both day-to-day and long-term decisions at SYC, and to challenge ourselves and each other if we seem to stray. And we invite your feedback if you feel we haven’t lived up to our ideals. 

If you’ve never done an activity like this as a family, it’s something to consider, at least with the adults and maybe older kids in your household. What are your family’s values – the ideas you hold close, that guide the  way you behave with each other, the decisions you make? If you’d like the list of values we started off  with, just let us know. We’re happy to share.

… Susan Roscigno, SYC Co-Director