Early School Year Program

Early School Year Program


China Institute’s Mandarin Immersion Early School Year Program is now
taking applications for the 2021 school year!

Schedule a virtual info session and meet our educators by emailing Zeyu Feng.

The early school year program is an engaging, fully immersive, in-person language environment where children learn skills to begin a lifetime of discovery and inspiration. Our teachers, native speakers trained in early childhood education, conduct all classes in Mandarin and design fun-filled activities to introduce young learners to Chinese culture. Full immersion and daily classes offer your child(ren)the best foundation for acquiring academic, social, and language skills and getting ready for success in kindergarten and beyond. We also offer flexible payment plans for families during this challenging time.

The program builds on our historic mission, since 1926, to educate Americans about China. Since then, we have expanded our School of Chinese Studies to incorporate successful Mandarin language programs for children as young as 18 months while imparting Chinese cultural traditions like brush painting, calligraphy, Tai Chi, music, and meditation. The Early School Year Program is the newest extension of our work to be a center of cultural exploration and illumination in Lower Manhattan and beyond.

The Time is Now

China Institute’s 2015 move to a spacious, state of the art facility in FiDi enables us to realize our dream of opening an early school year program that will offer the language and pedagogy standards we have been refining since 1946. It is no secret that China has expanded its global presence and influence, creating a growing need for cross-cultural understanding to ensure future collaboration and cooperation.

As Mandarin becomes an ever-more important language in the world of business and trade (and remains the most popular spoken language in the world), there is no better time than now to launch our Chinese immersion program for our youngest students who will go on to become global citizens and leaders.

The Benefits of Dual-Language Learning

Research has identified many cognitive benefits to learning a second language- especially Mandarin- during a child’s formative years. The first few years of life are considered a critical period for language learning acquisition; early exposure paves a great foundation for achieving bilingual fluency.

Learning Mandarin, a pictographic and tonal language, naturally activates more regions of the brain, thereby benefiting overall development. Research also shows that the language learning process can benefit emotional and social skills as well.


Go to our program and curriculum page to learn more about our immersion program, learning Mandarin, and bilingual education.

Download the early school year program application and submit online.

Our recent Early School Year Program Virtual Open House:
Parents on our Mandarin Immersion Summer Camp Program, which formed the foundation for our Early School Year Program experience: