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 Scholarship Fund

Posted on December 12, 2014 in category SYC Announce

Dear Friends & Family… we appreciate your support of the School for Young Children. SYC is a 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 your donations and our annual auction. If you are able to donate to help the scholarship fund, please click on the Donate Button below. The full amount of your donation is tax-deducible and will go entirely to the scholarship fund.

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, The SYC Family


More Changes at SYC

Posted on December 11, 2014 in category From the Office

I took over the Office Manager job at SYC in 1991 when my youngest child was in first grade. I expected to stay until he began high school.

Well…he’s 31 now.

I so enjoyed the people—my coworkers and getting to know the SYC parents—and the job turned out to be a terrific fit for my skills, for my personality and for the 15 years of my life that entailed a lot of elder-caregiving, that my plan to leave SYC before retirement age very happily flew out the window.

I’m both excited and a little sad to have decided that this will be my last year at SYC. My husband Lee has been retired for 7 years, we’re wanting to have a little more time and flexibility for traveling before we require eldercare ourselves!

Holly Adams, who has been working with me for 3 years will be running the office single-handedly next year. But you probably haven’t seen the last of me because I’ll be volunteering to help her whenever she can stand to have me around!

…Adele Stratton, Office Manager

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