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.
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.