We are a Chinese (Mandarin) immersion pre-school located conveniently in El Cerrito near Harding Elementary School, the El Cerrito Plaza BART station, and the El Cerrito plaza. We opened in February 2006 as a small family daycare and has since evolved into a preschool with diverse students from different backgrounds.

Teacher Shirley has over ten years of experience as a teacher in China and works closely with each student to ensure their personal growth while encouraging social skills, learning, and independence. No prior Chinese background is necessary.

Children from 4 months to 5 years old are accepted to our preschool program.

We provide an AM snack, lunch, a PM snack, and dinner everyday, with a focus on healthy, wholesome food at every meal. Our main meals always include: a protein (or more), veggies, a fruit, dairy, and a whole grain. Our snacks always include: a whole grain, protein, dairy, a fruit.

Teacher to student ratio is at most  4:1.

Students do not need to be potty trained to enroll.  Potty training is provided when the student is ready and/or at the parents’ request.  We work closely with parents to ensure a smooth transaction from diaper to toilet.

The students are spoken to in Mandarin on a daily basis. Colors, numbers, songs, daily conversations and salutations, etc. are taught daily in both Mandarin and English. Extra preparation for kindergarten is provided for those preparing to enter kindergarten in the upcoming year, but children are taught the basics (ABCs, numbers, colors, shapes, patterns, money, time, etc.) much earlier.

For students ages 5 and up that are interested in learning Mandarin Chinese please visit Kiki’s Chinese Learning Center.  They offer an afterschool immersion program and weekday Chinese classes focused on reading, speaking, writing, listening comprehension, and culture. They are located on 10106 San Pablo Ave. El Cerrito, with a free parking lot in the back (San Pablo & Central Ave). Please visit www.kikichinese.org or email info@kikichinese.org for more information.

For more information or to schedule a visit, please contact:

Shirley Liao by email: eccps9@yahoo.com

Thank you.