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 Open 1/22

Posted on January 21, 2019 in category SYC Announce

SYC will be open for class tomorrow,Tuesday, 1/22, as scheduled. Come play!

As always, if you feel it’s unsafe for your family to make it to school, please do what you need to do to be safe.

2019-2020 Registration Materials

Posted on January 08, 2019 in category SYC Announce

2019-2020 Registration Materials

Our 2019-2020 school year registration materials including the 2019-2020 scholarship application are now available here on our enrollment page. If you are new to our school, we strongly recommend you schedule a tour/visit before you submit an application and the non-refundable $60 registration fee. Please call our office at 614-267-0254 to set up your tour/visit and to ask any questions. We look forward to hearing from you!


Posted on December 11, 2018 in category Director's Blog


When I first discovered SYC, I really didn’t think of it being anything much more than a program to send my children.  I knew and trusted it was the best quality program for them and I never considered that it could also be a start of one of my communities.  As my son’s first year in the 3 year old classroom started, I found myself making connections with other parents in the room.  We would linger in the classroom until announcement time then maybe linger down the hallway to the parking lot while sharing the struggles and celebrations of our parenting.  Then, after school on nice days, we would gather on the bench with other parents and continue our conversations while watching our children play and get even messier than their day in the classroom.  Then, playdates evolved. To be honest, it was nice my child was having some one on one playtime with a friend, but also a nice break and to enjoy a cup of coffee and chat about all things kids or all things not kids.

Choosing to send your child to preschool is primarily to help your child develop socially among their peers.  However, I hadn’t expected to be building my own connections and peer group alongside my children.  SYC is such a unique program and I found as a parent it was refreshing to find a community of other like-minded parents.  I remember how relieved I felt after attending my first parent coffee and hearing other “real” stories of parents trying to wrestle (sometimes quite literally) with a similar parenting challenge.

Each new year and each new classroom was enhancing and expanding my community of parent peers.  I’ve continued friendships with some of these parents even though our kids have have moved on to their own expanded community of peers. Our once preschoolers are now high schoolers but I still reach out to these parents for advice and sometimes to gripe about its challenges.

Now, as a co-director, I delight in watching the SYC community open its arms to preschoolers and parents through small groups, sharing a meal together and by singing songs in a large group in an entire classroom. These classroom communities then grow to multiple classrooms with parents sharing experiences on the playground and during special events. Families build their own community amongst this and to continue these relationships far beyond the preschool years…it’s obvious to me that it’s the great community of people who have seen SYC continue to flourish through its 50 years.


…Amy Rudawsky, Co-Director

Happy Birthday, SYC…

Posted on October 22, 2018 in category Director's Blog

It was a magical night!  Over 300 people, 30 or so current or former teachers and staff, oodles of boxes, 50 lbs of cornstarch, and 50 years’ worth of play, all together to celebrate the 50th year of SYC.

What made it all real – the years of dedication, experience and love in this place – was gathering with this amazing group of people and remembering those who weren’t able to be with us.  SYC is our people – our teachers who often commit decades of their lives to the children and families at SYC, and those families who trust us again and again with their precious children.  Each of us who has taught or worked at SYC can attest to how SYC becomes a part of you, affecting how you deal with the joys and sorrows of life, how you relate to those you love and those you disagree with, and how you see your place in the world.  Many of us learn to accept our own difficult feelings in the same way that the children learn that it’s okay to be mad, sad, or frutrated.  We learn to increase communication in times of conflict rather than turning away.  We learn to let loose and play in a way that we might have forgotten since we were children ourselves.

SYC families, past and current, are also our people, the ones who come to us year after year, generation after generation, to give their children a place where they can play, learn to be together, and grow into who they are.  Parents and caregivers bring us their questions, their worries, their doubts and trust us to hold them closely, with love and compassion.  They know that we understand the challenges of being the parent you want to be, and that we, too, have made mistakes, struggled through, and learned.

We strive to live up to the expectations we have for our children, to be our best selves, knowing that we will make mistakes along the way.  As we tell the children, everyone makes mistakes,  Then we try again.

Here’s to making mistakes, getting into conflicts, having hard feeling, and playing.  For the next 50 years.


…Amy Rudawsky and Susan Roscigno, SYC Co-Directors