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.

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

Long-Time SYC Teacher Honored by Ohio Early Childhood Professionals

Posted on March 01, 2013 in category Director's Blog

Congratulations to long time SYC teacher, Ann Rigney for being honored as the 2013 Ohio Teacher of the Year by the Ohio Association for the Education of Young Children.  Ann is an early childhood professional in the best sense of the word professional. She takes her teaching seriously but always with nurture and support as a part of her curriculum.

Ann came to SYC as a parent with her two children and was hired as a teacher in 1973.  Recently she became the inspiration for her daughter Heather Shumaker to write a parenting book about what she learned from her mother’s decades of teaching in our program.

Ann helped nurture and support me when I was a new teacher in our school.  She was a patient, encouraging co-teacher to whom I’ve always looked to for wisdom and experience since that first year.  Since then she has helped train many new teachers as she works along side.  Her toolkit of teaching experience has been invaluable to keeping our program philosophy consistent and in helping teachers understand child development and the individual needs of each child in the class.

Her ability to encourage and guide young parents is her hallmark.  She mentors parents as an important aspect of the complete developmental picture for each child.  Ann creates strong bonds with children and their families—providing a great support system as they move through the preschool years.

Ann has also mentored many OSU, Columbus State student teachers and students from local high school programs. She is giving of her time and experience to these young teachers and students.  Ann has dedicated her professional life to the field of early childhood education and truly deserves the title of Ohio Teacher of the Year.

On Friday, April 26, 2013 the Ohio Association for the Education of Young Children, the Ohio Department of Education, Office of Early Learning and School Readiness and the Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services will celebrate and honor Ann and the other 2013 Ohio AEYC award recipients selected to be recognized for their dedication to early care and education and for the impact their work has had on behalf of children, families and professionals from across Ohio.