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.

Halloween at SYC

Posted on October 31, 2012 in category SYC Announce

Halloween was my children’s favorite time of the year next to Christmas. They loved to dress up and they loved to eat candy. I struggled with trying to control their candy intake and finally gave up; they all lived and have good teeth. I came to accept that Matt was hyper until the candy was gone. I have been known to sneak into candy bags and make it disappear faster than it normally would. It was the one time of the year that I, NOT a seamstress by any stretch of the imagination, would tackle a cat costume or a batman outfit and it would turn out looking enough like it was supposed to that my children would be pleased and love me! In fact, a few of these outfits are still in SYC dress-ups!
Not all preschoolers like Halloween, with its masks and witches and scariness. This is because young children have not yet learned to distinguish between reality and fantasy. These fears are normal for this age and what helps most is to talk about them. The talking helps children handle their fears and feel supported by adults when they listen. At school we talk about scary masks and costumes. Alice the puppet seems to have trouble every year with scary masks, so we use her to encourage the children to express their concerns.
For the children (and teachers!) who are ready for Halloween costumes, we enjoy dressing up. One year as I arrived at school there was a cow talking to the minister of the church Haunted houses, such as those sponsored by the Jaycees, are not for preschoolers. The scenes depicted are too graphic for young children. Save this experience for later years when fantasy-reality knowledge is more sophisticated. …Jan Waters, Director Emeritus

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.