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.

Visiting SYC

Posted on September 25, 2012 in category SYC Announce

We’ll begin accepting visitors into our classes for 3 and 4-year-olds beginning the week of October 1.   Visits to SYC are by appointment only—we accept one visitor (or couple) per class per day in order to keep the room from filling up with adults.  Visits for our 2-year-old classes will begin a few weeks later when our younger group is settled into their new class surroundings and routines.

Morning class visits usually begin at 10:30, and afternoon class visits begin at 1:45.

Although it is okay to bring a child with you when visiting, we will limit your visit to 15-20 minutes due to the disruption that a new child in the classroom can cause.  We also suggest that you have a plan for something enjoyable to do with your child after your visit, because it’s not uncommon for visiting children to become extremely upset when it’s time to leave SYC—it’s a fun place for kids!  If you do bring a child to your visit and do not have the opportunity to get all your questions answered, we will be glad to answer them by phone when it’s convenient for you.

Please call us at 614.267.0254 and speak to either Adele or Holly to schedule your visit.

Welcome Heather Shumaker!

Posted on September 14, 2012 in category SYC Announce

We invite you to join us for a presentation and celebration as we welcome Heather Shumaker, author of the new book, It’s Okay Not To Share and Other Renegade Rules for Raising Competent and Compassionate Kids, on Wednesday, September 19 at 7:00 p.m. at First Unitarian Universalist Church, 93 W. Weisheimer Rd. in Clintonville.   Heather is a graduate of SYC.  Her book is aimed at parents of kids aged 2-6 and it is based on the philosophy of SYC!  Cover To Cover will be here selling copies of the book at the event ($15.95 plus tax–cash, checks and Visa or MasterCard will be accepted)  Here’s your chance to get a signed copy!

Current Openings

Posted on August 26, 2012 in category SYC Announce

SYC’s 2012-13 classes will begin September 10.  We still have one opening in our Tues-Wed-Thurs-Fri PM 4/5’s class.  Children must be 4 years old by September 30, 2012 in order to be in that class.  All our other classes are full, with waiting lists at this time.

If you’d like more information about enrollment, be sure to give us a call.

Summertime at SYC

Posted on August 05, 2012 in category SYC Announce

This is normally a quiet time at SYC, the halls and classrooms are uncharacteristically quiet.  But outside is not the same story.  We’re in the midst of remodeling our 3-year-old class playground, things there are quite torn up now.  The old climber has been removed, concrete has been poured, and holes have been dug awaiting installation of a new climber and new fencing, which will all be happening before school begins on September 10.

Our Summer Newsletter and pre-enrollment paperwork requests have been sent by e-mail to parents of children enrolled in our fall classes.  Please help us make the first few weeks of school go more smoothly by taking care of this as soon as possible.  Please check your e-mail often for updates and requests.

Early reviews of the new parenting book based on SYC’s philosophy, It’s OK Not to Share and Other Renegade Rules for Raising Competent and Compassionate Kids have been stellar.  The book was released on August 2.  We are looking forward to having the author, SYC graduate Heather Shumaker, join us for a book launch celebration at the church on Wednesday evening, September 19, from 6:30-9:30 p.m.  Be sure to save the date for what promises to be an enjoyable evening.

Our school calendar is not complete yet.  We’re waiting on two closing days for a staff education seminar next spring which we’ll announce as soon as those plans are finalized.  Please check our website for the school calendar on the right for the dates that are set now.

We hope everyone’s staying cool during this incredibly HOT summer.  Hang on, fall—and another busy year at SYC—are just around the corner!!