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 2013-14 Enrollment News

Posted on February 21, 2013 in category SYC Announce

We are suspending the acceptance of new applications for enrollment of children into our 2013-14 school year program at this time.  We presently have many more applicants than we can place next year.  While we are gratified that so many people are interested in our program, unfortunately we cannot accept more applicants.

We will consider reopening enrollment for any classes with significantly shorter waitlists and announce any changes about this on this website.

SYC 2013-14 Registration Underway

Posted on January 07, 2013 in category SYC Announce

Materials are now available for enrolling children into SYC’s 2013-14 school year, which will begin September 9, 2013.

The processing date is February 15, 2013 at 3:00 p.m.  For the best chances of your child being placed in a class, it is important to make sure we have your application and registration fee by that time.  All applications received at or before that time will be considered as having arrived at the same time.  We assign a priority level, then a random lottery number to each applicant and place applicants into classes in that order.

Applications received after 3:15 on February 15 will not be processed until after all the applications received before that time have been processed.   These applicants are processed in the order they are received in our office.

Due to unexpected weather difficulties as well as illness which are both common at this time of year, we urge you to not wait until the last minute to turn in your child’s application.

You can download the registration materials here.

If you have any questions about the enrollment process, or if you’d like to schedule a classroom visit before submitting an application for your child, please call us at 614-267-0254.

Taking a break

Posted on December 14, 2012 in category SYC Announce

SYC is now closed for our Winter Break.  Classes resume on January 7, 2013 (except for our January Friday 2’s class which begins on January 4.)

In light of the tragic events in Newtown, Connecticut, we hope parents will find these two links helpful with answering, in developmentally appropriate ways, any questions your preschoolers (or other children) might have about events of this kind:

Fred Rogers talks about Tragic Events in the News

Article: Helping Children Exposed to Shocking Events by Patty Wipfler

All About Accreditation

Posted on November 30, 2012 in category Director's Blog

We are proud that our program has been accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children since 1987!  NAEYC Accreditation represents the hallmark of quality in early childhood education.  To achieve accreditation, programs volunteer to be measured against the NAEYC Early Childhood Program Standards.  Only about 8% of US preschools are currently accredited.

This year we went through the re-accreditation process again.  We have been preparing for the last year by collecting evidence to show that our program meets over 400 criteria within 10 standards.  The NAEYC assessor was here last month for two days to observe our program and go over our evidence.

We just learned today that we passed our site visit.  We are now re-accredited for a five year period.  Throughout the five-year term of accreditation, we must submit annual reports and are subject to random, unannounced visits by assessors to ensure that we continue to meet the standards.

All in all, this process is detailed and time-consuming but at the same time we are excited to be able to document exactly how children learn through play in our program.

NAEYC’s 10 Standards:

1.  Promote positive relationships for all children and adults to encourage each child’s sense of individual worth.

2.  Implement a curriculum that fosters all areas of child development: cognitive, emotional, language, physical, and social.

3.  Use developmentally, culturally, and linguistically appropriate effective teaching approaches.

4.  Provide ongoing assessments of a child’s learning and development and communicate the child’s progress to the family.

5.  Promote the nutrition and health of children and protect children and staff from injury and illness.

6.  Employ a teaching staff that has the educational qualifications, knowledge, and professional commitment necessary to promote children’s learning and development, and to support families’ diverse needs and interests.

7.  Establish and maintain collaborative relationships with each child’s family.

8.  Establish relationships with and use the resources of the community to support the achievement of program goals.

9.  Provide a safe and healthy physical environment.

10.  Implement strong personnel, fiscal, and program management policies so that all children, families, and staff have high-quality experiences.