Bear Cub Mandarin

Immersion Preschool Academy

小 熊 學 園

Serving families from Arlington, Lexington, Winchester, Waltham, Boston, Brookline, Newton, Needham, Natick, Somerville, Cambridge, Weston, Medford, Bedford, and Belmont.


“One language sets you in a corridor for life. Two languages open every door along the way.”

- Frank Smith



About Bear Cub Mandarin

Bear Cub Mandarin Immersion Preschool Academy in Arlington, MA is a boutique program offering a Mandarin immersion environment through a Reggio Emilia-inspired, play-based, child-centered preschool education.

Bear Cub's children, of ages mixed 2.9 to 6 years old, are given a space to explore, collaborate, observe, and experiment guided by native Mandarin speaking teachers. Outside of circle time and designated class activities, teachers look for and create moments to enhance each child’s experience and to provide Mandarin language exposure in context and real time.

Children are born with the ability to learn any language. Experts say that children should begin to learn a foreign language from a young age, and the younger, the better. Inspired by the profound Reggio Emilia’s The Hundred Languages - the belief that children are natural communicators - Mandarin is offered as one important means by which children may explore and experience the world. Whether you are looking to introduce Mandarin as a second or third language, or to reinforce the language spoken in your home, we encourage you to consider Bear Cub Mandarin as the place to facilitate your child’s world of learning and exploration.

“Learning another language is not only learning different words for the same things, but learning another way to think about things.”

- Flora Lewis

Philosophy

We believe that young children are powerful, capable, and autonomous individuals. In our child-centered environment, teaching is both intentional and flexible, and children are recognized as unique people with their own feelings, thoughts, and experiences. Our Reggio Emilia-inspired Mandarin immersion program provides children the opportunity to hear, learn, and use complex language, and our curriculum supports diverse learning processes and a wide range of school-readiness goals. Our knowledgeable and well-qualified teachers come from diverse backgrounds and share a deep love for young children. Through careful observation, our teachers create the optimal learning habitat for each child, with just the right amount of coaching. We are devoted to forming sincere connections and building meaningful relationships with each of our preschoolers, and always seek opportunities to encourage and cultivate their social and emotional skills.

Facilities

We offer a brand new facility at 1042 Massachusetts Ave, Brattle Square in Arlington, MA, custom designed to reflect the principles of our curriculum philosophy and to enhance the learning environment. Every detail, from the floor to the ceiling, has been meticulously considered and attended to with the utmost care and intention.

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Our Story

Finding a calling that transcends passion and inspiration can take years, but in December of 2018, the vision struck. Puzzle pieces from our lives started to take formation and we realized our calling to offer a unique and important opportunity to our community. Realizing that such a lifestyle and immersion in language is greatly beneficial and advantageous for our own children, we have combined efforts to establish Bear Cub Mandarin Immersion Preschool Academy with a desire to offer the invaluable opportunity of a Mandarin immersion program to the children in our community, and to establish a legacy through language that may ultimately impact the global community. As parents, it is our hope to provide the best upbringing, training, and opportunities to our children as we prepare to launch them into the adult world that is waiting for them. We invite you to join us and co-create the legacy for our next generation.

The Chang Family

MaeLynn Arnold and Hao-Ming Chang are co-founders of Bear Cub Mandarin Immersion Preschool Academy. They run a bilingual (Mandarin and English) household with their 5 year-old daughter, 3 year-old son, and 1 year-old son. MaeLynn holds a B.M. and an M.M. in violin performance from Boston University and is a Suzuki certified instructor. Hao-Ming Chang holds a Ph.D. in molecular oncology and immunology from New York University School of Medicine.




*There are currently no openings for our preschool full-day program. Please contact vicky@bearcubmandarin.org to inquire about available openings or to be placed on the waitlist.

Enrollment is open year-round and offered based on availability.

Schedule a tour to experience our unique Mandarin Immersion Preschool program!

Class Schedules

Preschool Programs

Five Day

V

M + Tu + W + Th + F

8am ‑ 11:45am or

1:15pm ‑ 5pm

Year-round

Tuition: $1,850 / month*

Three Day

III

Mon + Wed + Fri

8am ‑ 11:45am or

1:15pm ‑ 5pm

Year-round

Tuition: $1,134 / month*

Two Day

II

Tuesday + Thursday

8am ‑ 11:45am or

1:15pm ‑ 5pm

Year-round

Tuition: $798 / month*

Five Day

V

M + Tu + W + Th + F

8am ‑ 5pm

Year-round

Tuition: $2,750 / month*

Three Day

III

Mon + Wed + Fri

8am ‑ 5pm

Year-round

Tuition: $1,900 / month*

Infant and Toddler Programs

Age 3 months-2.8 years old, enrolling now!!

We are excited to announce our new infant and toddler classrooms opening January 2022!

Contact Director Vicky Cho, vicky@bearcubmandarin.org, to learn more and to reserve a place on our waitlist.

Infant: Five Day

V

M + Tu + W + Th + F

8am ‑ 5pm

Year-round

Tuition: $2,950 / month*

Toddler: Five Day

V

M +Tu + W + Th + F

8am ‑ 5pm

Year-round

Tuition: $2,850 / month*

* first and last month's tuition due upon enrollment.

For school calendar of events, holidays, and breaks, please go to the calendar page.



Careers at Bear Cub Mandarin

Teacher / Lead Teacher/Infant and toddler Teachers/Teacher Assistant

Full and part time positions with competitive salaries/benefits.

If you are excited about the opportunity to help shape and design our Mandarin immersion preschool, please consider joining our team!

We are looking for teachers and lead teachers to collaborate in designing our (Reggio Emilia inspired) emergent curriculum, establish close and effective relationships with our students and their families, provide an assessment of students through documentation, and contribute to cultivating the best schedules and opportunities for both our teachers and students.

** Our teachers must be native Mandarin speakers, have a degree and background in an early childhood related field, and be EEC certified. **



Contact Us

We invite you to get in touch by emailing us at contact@bearcubmandarin.org.

To learn more about our program or for inquiries about tours and openings, please write to vicky@bearcubmandarin.org.

School Address


Brattle Square1042 Massachusetts AveArlington, MA 02476

Phone #: (781) 819-0898