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Admission and Tuition

China Institute preschool was founded with the goal of educating children and enhancing the educational options for the Lower Manhattan community.
Please see below to learn more about our Admission Guidelines and Tuition Information.

How to Apply:

Applications are open for the academic year 2020 –2021.
We accept rolling admissions, subject to availability. Our online application will be posted shortly.

Step 1: Attend an Information Session for Parents

Thursday, October 24, 2019, 6:30 – 8:30 PM

Thursday, November 21, 2019, 6:30 – 8:30 PM

Saturday, December 14, 2019, 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Parents will enjoy a background on our inspiration and journey to open our new preschool, our educational philosophy and current curriculum, while experiencing our nurturing, engaging environment. Come with questions.

Download our brochure to learn more about our Mandarin Immersion preschool!


Seating is limited. To RSVP, please contact [email protected] and state your full name and your child(ren)’s age(s), as well as the session you plan to attend.
After February 29, 2020, you may schedule a special info session by contacting [email protected]

Step 2: Submit the Online Application or Mail in a Print Application

Apply Online
A $100 non-refundable fee is required with all applications.
Download our application to fill out and submit to China Institute.

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Step 3: In-Person Interview

Once your application is successfully processed, we will invite your child to visit China Institute starting in November to get to know you and your child better.

Step 4: Acceptance and Confirmation

Acceptance letter with enrollment package will sent out starting end of February, and continue on a rolling basis, depending on availability. To guarantee your child’s seat, please return the paper-work plus the non-refundable tuition deposit within one week of receiving the acceptance notification.

Enrollment and Tuition

Application Fee: $100 — Non-refundable & non-deductible from tuition.
Tuition Deposit: $1,500 — Deductible from tuition.
See Enrollment Package for more details.


Half Day (Mon – Fri, 8:30 AM –12:00 PM)
Full Day (Mon – Fri, 8:30 AM – 3:30 PM)
*The School follows a semester-base calendar. Admission for a single semester is possible based on availability. Email us at [email protected] to learn more.

Tuition Discounts

Save 5% if pay in one installment and 2.5% in two. See Enrollment Package for more payment plan options.
A 5% discount on the tuition for each child when registering two or more siblings. This discount is in addition to any other discount.
We extend a 5% savings to our community residents (to be verified) in the following zipcodes: 10004, 10005, 10006, 10007, 10038, 10280.
Tuition includes a complimentary China Institute Family Membership with exclusive access to Chinese for Children After-school Classes (Mon–Fri, 4:00 – 5:30 pm), Adult Language and Studio Programs, China Institute Gallery, member exclusive programs as well as other public and cultural programs at China Institute.
Learn more about the benefits of membership at China Institute.
We invite parents to learn Mandarin at China Institute to share their child’s journey as they co-develop language competence. Classes available and discounts are provided for adults with children enrolled at China Institute.

Late Fee Policy

Please note that a $100 late fee will be charged if tuition payment is received later than the due date.