YCIS Silicon Valley’s Preschool Program provides a nurturing environment where children experience the joy of learning bilingually in two world languages. YCIS teachers encourage children’s natural curiosity, wonder and exploration through an inquiry-based curriculum. We support the development of a positive identity and character, in a setting that brings together the best of Western and Eastern traditions and cultures.

Through meaningful and real-life experiences, children actively participate, investigate and experiment to find out about the world in which they live. Our professional educators respond to children’s interests and encourage their initiatives through exploring deep and meaningful topics that begin with wonder and curiosity, as well as the children’s own thinking and questions. In this way, teachers reflect upon what the children know, their abilities and ideas, and provide a variety of opportunities to further sustain and challenge the learning that is taking place. The learning is supported through both languages, Chinese (Mandarin) and English.

YCIS’s Co-Teaching partnership involves English- and Chinese-speaking teachers working together equally as a team to create a joyful, stimulating bilingual environment in which children learn and develop physically, socially, emotionally, linguistically and intellectually. This whole child approach fosters children’s confidence and independence in all areas of development, providing students with a strong foundation for a lifetime of learning and future participation as citizens of the world.


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