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.

COVID-19 Information

Posted on March 10, 2020 in category SYC Announce

We are taking this opportunity to share the most recent COVID-19 (coronavirus) information with you, both about what is happening in the wider world and what is happening at SYC. 

We are in touch with the Centers for Disease Control, the Ohio Department of Health, the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (our licensing agency), professional child care organizations such as the National Association for the Education of Young Children, and directors of other programs both local and national. We will continue to use the best advice from these professional organizations in the coming weeks and will keep you informed should our plans change. Our goal is to minimize disruptions while keeping children, families, and teachers safe. 

To reduce the chance of transmission of this or any other illness at school, SYC is: 

-Disinfecting surfaces/items that children touch on a regular basis 

-Encouraging everyone to wash their hands often (upon entering, after using the bathroom, before eating, after wiping their nose, when soiled) 

-Working on effective hand-washing techniques and coughing into a tissue or arm 

-Requiring teachers to stay home if they are feeling unwell, or are not 24-hr fever free – if they are unsure about coming in to school, we are encouraging them to err on the side of caution and not come in 

-Temporarily not using some materials that go on/near children’s faces (masks, baby bottles, face paints) 

-Conducting regularly scheduled deep cleaning days (most recent was on 3/9/20) 

-Working on obtaining some hand sanitizer to have in the foyer so you/your family can sanitize your hands on the way out of SYC. Until then, there is a container of sanitizer in the office that you’re welcome to use on your way in/out. 

You can help reduce the chance of transmission of this or any other illness by: 

-Keeping your child at home until they are 24-hr fever free without medication or are feeling miserable – if you are unsure about keeping your child home, we ask you to err on the side of caution and not come in 

-Helping your child practice effective hand-washing techniques when they come into school (Happy Birthday 2x, ABCs or Table Table are all about 20 sec) 

-Encouraging your child to cough/sneeze into their arm and wash their hands after wiping their nose 

-If you are sick or your non-SYC child is sick, please consider keeping your SYC child home just in case they are infected but haven’t shown symptoms yet, or call the office and we can walk your child in/out to the car so you don’t have to come in. 

-Making sure that Holly has a current phone number and that your voicemail is not full so that we can quickly get in touch with you should your child become ill at school 

-Signing up to take home toys/play food/other items to wash. Sign ups and directions are here

Helpful Links: Talking with kids: https://www.ahaparenting.com/blog/talking-with-children-about-the-corona-virus

Handwashing tips for families: https://www.cdc.gov/handwashing/handwashing-family.html

Coronavirus and Children: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/specific-groups/children-faq.html 

For the most part, we are doing the things we always do to try to keep kids, families, and teachers safe, knowing that preschoolers are still learning about hygiene, where to put/not put their hands, and some are still oral learners. Our goal is to encourage safe behavior while recognizing that it is primarily the role of the adults to keep kids safe. 

As described on the Aha! Parenting Blog, keeping kids physically safe is only one part of what we can do. By limiting their exposure to the news, asking what they know about the coronavirus, giving age appropriate information, focusing on the helpers, and addressing any worries they may have, we can keep them emotionally safe as well. Importantly, the article also suggests that you “work out any worry you have about this BEFORE talking with your kids. Your own attitude will always communicate itself to your child. Children take their cues from us. So don’t let your children overhear you venting your own fears to other people.” 

Finally, we trust you to make decisions about what you need to do to keep your child and your family safe. As always, if you feel your child needs to stay home for a period time, whether because they are sick, you suspect they might be sick, or you want to limit their exposure to others, please feel free to do that and give us a call so we know what’s up. 

Again, we will continue to be in contact with the official agencies who are on the front lines and will let you know immediately if anything changes, including a recommendation from the authorities that we close for a time. Please stop by the office or email/call Susan and Amy if you have further questions or concerns.

Susan & Amy – SYC Co-Directors

Open Spots Available at SYC for 2020-21!

Posted on February 18, 2020 in category SYC Announce

We have a handful of open spots available for 3- and 4-year-olds for the 2020-21 school year but we don’t expect them to stay open for long.  If you know someone who believes in social/emotional development through play, who values relationships, who sees the importance of uninterrupted child-led experiences, please encourage them to call us at 614-267-0254 to schedule a tour. 

2020-21 School Year Applications Now Being Accepted

Posted on January 07, 2020 in category SYC Announce

The 2020-21 school year application and scholarship forms are now being accepted. You can find them here on our Enrollment Information page on the SYC website.

We strongly recommend scheduling a tour of our school before the application deadline, if you have not already done so, to make sure it is a good fit for your family. You can set up your visit day and time by calling us at 614-267-0254.

Applications, non-refundable application fees and scholarship forms need to be in by 12:00 pm February 14 for best possible placements and scholarship assistance. Please call or email us with any questions.

Communication and Relationships

Posted on December 06, 2019 in category SYC Announce

Communication and Relationships

One of our core values at SYC is relationships through open communication.  We strive to have strong relationships with the children, each other and you the parents and we know that the key to any great relationship is open communication.  In order for us to maintain and improve our quality program we need to evaluate and reevaluate our practices with input from all parties.

Teaching teams meet daily before or after class to review the classroom dynamics, celebrate the things that went well and brainstorm the challenges.  As a whole staff we meet monthly and sometimes bi-monthly to stretch our thinking and examine our practices on a larger scale.  We set individual and program-wide goals each year. 

After the New Year, your small group teacher will reach out to schedule a time to meet for a conference.  Prior to that, Holly will send out a link to the Pre-Conference Questionnaire for you to either fill out online or on paper. The questionnaire asks about your child’s experience in school thus far, your concerns, and other information that is vital to teachers in preparing for your child’s conference.  It helps teachers better manage the conference time in order to address your concerns and to prepare resources for you. During your scheduled conference time you can expect your child’s small group teacher to share observations of your child’s play interests, peer relationships, and developmental stages, and to discuss goals for your child’s growth  You can also expect teachers to share insights on any concerns you may have and to provide information on additional resources should you need them. 

In years prior we have sent out a year-end program evaluation which we have found helpful if a little late in the year.  To find out what your thoughts and concerns might be earlier in our relationship, this year we will also be sending out a short mid-year feedback form.  We ask that you take a few moments to fill it out or to come in and talk with one of us if you’d rather.  Your feedback is an essential piece to our process in examining our practices.  We value your thoughts and ideas, both positive and negative.  Please fill it out before we close for the winter break on Friday, December 13.

As mentioned above, communication is one of our core values.  The last section of the form will ask if you would like your child’s small group teacher to contact you, if you’d like a director to contact you or if you do not need to discuss further.  Please know that although we are requesting feedback through this form, should you want to talk at anytime throughout the year, we invite you to share your thoughts with us or with the teachers. As you may have noticed there is a quote hanging in our hallway leading to the classrooms.  “In times of conflict, increase communication.” -Jan Waters and Stephanie Rottmayer.  We could add that much conflict can be avoided or addressed sooner if we communicate early and often.   Hearing what’s working well for you also helps build our relationship.  Let’s talk.  

…Susan Roscigno and Amy Rudawsky, Co-Directors