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Early Prep Pod runs from Feb 8, 2023 to Jun 8, 2023.

(No class dates: 2/22, 2/24, 4/7, 4/12, 4/14, 5/3)


Two schedules are available:

Wed & Fri: 8:45 AM - 10:30 AM

Wed & Fri: 11:00 AM - 12:45 PM


Mandatory Family Orientation Meeting: 

We require that all enrolled families join a virtual orientation via Zoom on Friday, February 3 at 10 a.m. The goal of the orientation is to go over the phase-in schedule and expectations regarding grownup engagement. More details will be communicated via email at the end of January.  


Our Early Prep Pod program is specifically designed for toddlers who are in the process of transitioning into nursery school. Children will be immersed in Mandarin through an engaging music and art centered curriculum. The small group pod setting (up to 6 children only!) provides extra opportunities for children to bond with our dedicated native Mandarin speaker teachers. Our goal is to ensure that children are exposed to Mandarin while becoming familiar with nursery school routines, and have a seamless transition when they are ready. 


  • Children must be at least 18 months old by February 1, 2023. 

  • One grownup must accompany their child onsite for the duration of this program. However, our teachers will monitor readiness and if a child is able to stay in the classroom independently later on, the grownup can stay in our waiting room.  


A gift for our Early Prep Pod families: We are offering a $300 tuition credit for children who enroll in any daytime Ya Ya program after they complete the first cycle at the Early Prep Pod program. 

Early Prep Pod Spring 2023

    1. One grownup must accompany their child onsite for the duration of this program.

    2. All grownups are encouraged to wear a face mask.

    3. Both the grownup and the child must be 100% healthy without any symptoms to attend the class. Anyone with suspected symptoms will be asked kindly to leave the class.

    4. Please keep your child at home if they have a fever, vomiting, diarrhea, persistent cough, red eyes and discharge, or any other illness or suspected contagious disease, including but not limited to Covid, strep throat, conjunctivitis (pink eye), flu, impetigo, coxsackie virus, or head lice. A signed note from your child’s doctor will be required to clear your child of any suspected contagious illness, prior to returning to any class. If a child tests positive for Covid, please follow the recommended quarantine by New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene at the time of the illness. A child who has had a fever must be fever free without medication for at least 24 hours before returning to classes.