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The beginning of our story…  

The story began in 2008 when two mothers, one from Taiwan and another from Hong Kong, met in New York City for playgroups and thus began their journey together to find the best Mandarin program for their firstborns. Sharing the same passion for raising their children to become bilingual and their strong belief in the power of learning through music and play, they launched Mandarin Seeds. Their first two Mommy & Me music-based Mandarin classes (now known as Bao Bao Singalong) were held at a local yoga studio for their own children and friends. For more than a decade, Mandarin Seeds continued to grow and became one of the most well-known Mandarin programs that specialized in early childhood years from birth to the early elementary school years, including the launch of the successful and popular preschool alternative program known as Ya Ya Immersion. The first Ya Ya class had just six students and took place at home in 2011. Over the years Ya Ya Immersion program has won the hearts of countless preschoolers and their families! The Ya Ya curriculum includes lots of music and art to foster the students' creativity with plenty of hands-on activities to feed their natural curiosity.


Fast forward to the pivotal year of 2021, Ya Ya Preschool was born when the original Taiwanese founder Sarah Liu of Mandarin Seeds teamed up with another Taiwanese mother Yufei Hsu whose two children benefited tremendously from our Ya Ya Immersion program. Ya Ya Preschool is a Mandarin immersion nursery school for children ages 2 to Pre-K. We are thrilled to offer full-day options that were not previously available in the original Ya Ya Immersion program. With the mission of creating a joyful and positive early childhood learning experience that’s fully delivered in Mandarin for all children, we are so proud that our unique Ya Ya Immersion preschool programs are now accessible to more families who are looking to enroll full time in a school setting.


Mandarin Seeds will shift its focus to the music-based Bao Bao Singalong classes and work side by side with its sister school Ya Ya Preschool on offering summer and after school Mandarin enrichment programs. Please visit Ya Ya Preschool for all future class registration.

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