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.

A Letter from an SYC Visitor

Posted on April 25, 2013 in category SYC Announce


SYC recently received this letter from an early childhood professional from San Francisco.  We thought we would share her wonderful words.


Dear SYC Staff,

Thank you so much for allowing me to visit your center earlier this month.  After reading It’s Ok NOT to Share, I found out the SYC was in Columbus, I knew I had to visit, as I’m from Dayton and was heading back to Ohio shortly.  So, lucky for me, about 2 weeks ago I got to visit your lovely school on a Friday afternoon for a few hours.  I was so impressed by the teaching staff and the environment they had set up for the children.  But what stuck me most about the SYC was over and above everything else was the high quality of teacher-child interactions.  In child care, we certainly can’t emphasize enough how important it is to speak with children in a respectful manner.  I shared all the photos I took and the information I gleamed from my visit with my staff last night at our monthly meeting and they were so interested to hear about it.  We’re considering reading the book for our professional development next school year.

Then when I found out on my visit that SYC staff had just met with Celia Genishi, who was my supervising professor in Grad School, I realized why I was attracted to the book and your school in the first place.  Like minds do eventually find each other!

Thank you so much for providing the environment that put this book out there in the public eye, we’ve recommended it to all our families at the Children’s Campus and I’ve let all my mommy friends know as well.  The children and families at your school are very lucky.

Keep up the good work,

Kelly Dotson


Kelly Dotson, MA

Children’s Campus Program Manager

San Francisco State University


Tuition Deposits and Signed Contracts are Due 4/15

Posted on April 11, 2013 in category SYC Announce

This is a reminder that tuition deposits and signed tuition contracts for SYC’s 2013-2014 school year are due on Monday, April 15.  If there are any questions about a contract or deposit, please contact us.  If we have not received a signed contract and deposit by next Monday, we will assume the family has decided to not have their child attend SYC next year and will offer the class space to a wait listed child.

Summer Playcamp for Preschoolers

Posted on April 03, 2013 in category SYC Announce

The SYC program runs from mid-September through the third week in May.  For those interested in signing their children up for a summer play program, we recommend First UU’s Church’s Summer Playcamp Program, which runs Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings from 9:30-12 noon, in four 2-week sessions, beginning June 3.

Children who will be age three by September 30, 2013, up through age 5 who have not yet attended Kindergarten are eligible to enroll in that program.  Children of members of First U.U. Church, as well as children who are currently enrolled at SYC, or enrolled next year or on waitlists are all given a one-week priority registration period beginning April 8, 2013, before other children will be enrolled into the program.  Children will be placed on a first-come, first-served basis beginning at 9:30 a.m. on April 8.

Registration Info and Form: Summer Playcamp 2013  We also have some printed forms available in the SYC office.

For children age 5 and older First UU Church will also be offering a Peace Camp.  We’ll post registration details when those are available.

School for Young Children in New York

Posted on March 28, 2013 in category Director's Blog

Thirteen SYC teachers and staff traveled to Manhattan to attend a workshop by Celia Genishi, Professor of Education at Columbia Teachers College.  Several SYC teachers had collaborated with Celia to write chapters in two previous books:  Ways of Assessing Children and Curriculum: Stories of Early Childhood Practice and Children, Language and Literacy: Diverse Learners in Diverse Times(Teachers College Press) and we were especially interested in her topic for our workshop:  Identity and Bi-cultural Language in Early Childhood.  At the workshop, we all shared our personal stories about the languages spoken in our family histories and the impact on our own identities as a way to connect with the importance of language identity with the children and families at our school.

Columbia Teachers College Workshop

Our staff also visited The Blue School, a progressive, independent school in lower Manhattan.  The Blue School was inspired and created by the same people who developed The Blue Man Group.  Their mission is to develop and share an inquiry-based approach to education that fosters creativity, promotes academic excellence, nurtures human relationships and inspires a growing passion for learning.  Our staff spent the morning viewing the classrooms and talking with some of The Blue School teachers and came back inspired with lots of ideas to try.

SYC Staff at The Blue School

A real highlight of our trip was getting to see the off-Broadway play “Bears” written by Mark Rigney, who is our own Ohio Teacher of the Year, Ann Rigney’s son.  The weekend was a fun combination of bonding on our caravan drive up and back, educational stimulation and lots of delicious food and sight-seeing.

Stephanie Rottmayer, Director