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.

Changes at SYC

Posted on December 10, 2014 in category Director's Blog

When I think about my time at SYC, it’s been so much more than a job. I started in 1975 as a parent who loved hanging around as a volunteer because it taught me so much about parenting. When I was officially hired as a teacher in 1976, I started learning about child development and became interested in my own personal growth and development.

Being on the staff of SYC has always been the perfect place to discover your own creativity and interests. The staff always felt like the most nurturing family there could ever be. When Jan Waters told me that she wanted me to become the director, she said “Start working on your degree.” I had always hated school but I gulped and enrolled. I never would have gone back without that push and ended up loving being an adult college student. As director I really enjoyed being the support person for the teachers. I can’t imagine what my life would have been like without SYC.

I have decided to step down from being the director at the end of this school year.  Susan Roscigno and Amy Rudawsky will be the Co-Directors and will both continue teaching. Susan and Amy have been working with me for several years in the office now and both are dedicated to our SYC philosophy.

But I’m not leaving SYC yet. I will be staying on as the Program Consultant so that I can continue being in that support role that I love; I’ll just have fewer hours and more trips to Florida along with it.

Changes are always challenging and different people bring different talents with them, but I feel confident that SYC will continue to be a place that nurtures growth and development for everyone.

..Stephanie Rottmayer, Director

Community at SYC

Posted on October 22, 2014 in category Director's Blog

At SYC, we want to establish great relationships among children, teachers, families and friends. Here are some of the ways we begin to connect with each other:

  • Our relationship starts with a tour of the program before registering.
  • Our Parent Orientation Night before the first day of school presents our philosophy and goals and allows parents see the classrooms, talk with the teachers and receive paperwork.
  • The first day of school is split into two one hour sessions so that teachers can meet and talk with parents a bit while their children begin to explore the classroom and meet classmates.
  • We ask parents to fill out a parent volunteer/interest finder form which offering parents many ways to participate in our program.
  • Teachers have started to visit the homes of each child assigned to their small group. This visit is to build the relationship with the child and make a bridge between home and school.
  • Parents are invited to Parent Coffees during class time. The head teacher gets a substitute for the day and meets with parents to talk about general happenings in the class or specific topics as requested by families. You will get an invitation to the Coffee from your head teacher.
  • We have four Parent Education Nights during October and November for parents to come and discuss topics such as Emotional Development, Social Learning, Discipline, etc.
  • The school uses email, hall and classroom signs and notes, mail, telephone, newsletters, bulletin boards and our website (www.syccolumbus.org) to help keep everyone informed of events.
  • Parents are always welcome into the class to observe, help, visit and play at any time. Parents are encouraged by the teachers to share family culture with the class in any way that is comfortable for them.
  • Teachers schedule times whenever necessary to talk with parents to discuss any problems before or after class or by telephone, email or back and forth notes.

We hope your family has started to feel part of our community. Feel free to stop into the office to let us know how things are going for you.   …Stephanie Rottmayer, Director



School Tours for Prospective Families

Posted on October 16, 2014 in category SYC Announce

We are currently scheduling school tours for prospective families.  Be sure to schedule a visit before applying for the next school year.  Call us at 614-267-0254 to set up your appointment.  Application materials will be available on this website starting in January 2015.

Reflections and Additions

Posted on October 09, 2014 in category Director's Blog

I spent a lot of time this summer sorting through papers in the file cabinet in the SYC office. I found lots of writing by the original founders of the School for Young Children, Lee Row and Janet Stocker and by their mentors Mary Evans and Mary Nicholaysen. One paper written by Mary Nicholaysen in 1968 clearly talked about one of our main tenants at SYC—showing respect for children by understanding and respecting their developmental process. There used to be a quote on the bulletin board in our office attributed to Don Jones that said “You can’t make corn grow faster by pulling on it.” So at SYC we provide a rich environment full of creative materials and play objects and allow children to explore ideas, play with language and literacy, experiment with scientific principles, engage in social connection and begin to understand their emotions–all at their own natural rate of development. When the kids need help, teachers are nearby to offer support and encouragement in all this exciting learning. So it was wonderful to reflect on Mary Nicholaysan’s words in 1968 and know that respect for each child’s development is still going strong at SYC today.

I was making room in that file cabinet and the director’s office so that there would be room in there for our two new Co-Associate Directors Susan Roscigno and Amy Rudawsky who have official office hours this year. I feel so lucky to have these two great women to consult with this year!

…Stephanie Rottmayer, Director

Stephanie with Amy and Susan our new Associate Co-Directors

Stephanie with Amy and Susan our new Associate Co-Directors