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.

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

Ready, set, here we come!!

Posted on July 28, 2014 in category Director's Blog

The beginning of our new school year will be
here before we know it.

This year, Susan Roscigno and Amy Rudawsky
will officially become Co-Associate Directors as well
as teachers! They have been working with me on
administrative duties for the past two years with the
National Association for Early Childhood Education.
They did an outstanding job and we received our
highest ratings ever with NAEYC.

Susan has taught at SYC for the last 10 years and
has an MA in Early Childhood Education from OSU.
Before coming to SYC she was an elementary school
teacher in Raleigh, NC. Amy has taught at SYC for
five years and has a BS in Human Ecology with a
specialization in Early Childhood Development.
Before coming to SYC, Amy was Associate Director
of the Compass School in Powell and was on the
writing team for the state of Ohio’s Infant and
Toddler Guidelines. She has also been a consultant
for Ohio Child Care Resource and Referral

We are making these appointments because I
am beginning to think about my retirement. My plan
is to stay on as Director for the next few years by
gradually decreasing my hours as Susan and Amy
add administrative ones.

SYC began with Co-Directors and I am hoping
Susan and Amy will be Co-Directors when I retire. As
Co-Directors, Amy and Susan can continue teaching
as well as directing—keeping them closely in touch
with the needs of children, families and staff. Both
Susan and Amy are talented, organized and
dedicated to the philosophy of our program. Please
welcome and encourage them as we embark on
these changes.

…Stephanie Rottmayer, Director

What a year!

Posted on May 12, 2014 in category Director's Blog

I can’t believe how quickly the last week of school has arrived!  It’s been a beautiful year at SYC.  It’s been fun getting to know all of our new families and exciting to see all the enthusiasm they have brought to our program!  It’s been wonderful to work and play with all of you this year. But it’s always bittersweet as we see all the children and families who are moving on into the wider world of kindergartens, home schooling groups, and new communities of all kinds.  So if this is your last year at SYC, we will always consider you part of our SYC family and we hope you stay in touch and let us know about your new discoveries and challenges.

We hope we have given your children important tools that will help them as they move on in school and life. We hope they will take from SYC: the dispositions of curiosity, joy, creativity, skills to deal with their emotions and those of others, problem-solving abilities, and the feeling that they are capable and competent as they approach new situations.

We hope we have given your family support and encouragement with the challenging job of parenting. But as Mr. Rogers said, “Parents don’t come full bloom at the birth of the first baby. In fact parenting is about growing. It’s about our own growing as much as it is about our children’s growing and that kind of growing happens little by little.” At SYC, we know that we are each moving through our own stages of development and we trust that we will keep on growing and learning, making new mistakes and discoveries and appreciating all the challenges and joys that come as we go through the journey.

Thanks for being part of our community this year. Every family member, child and teacher helped make this a special year at SYC.

…Stephanie Rottmayer