Early Childhood

three female students outside chengdu international school learning together on the playground

Our Early Childhood Center provides concrete learning experiences in literacy, numeracy, creativity, and social and physical development.

A warm welcome from our Principal

elise mosher ECC & Elementary Principal chengdu international school staff

Exciting things are happening at Chengdu! In our Early Childhood Center (ECC) program, children have fun, they learn how to share and get along with others, and they begin to learn academic fundamentals that will get them ready for elementary school.

Our ECC includes programs for children up to five years of age, that are specifically designed to offer developmentally appropriate education. The ECC is secured separately from the rest of the campus. This enables us to provide a play and learning environment for our children that is safe and secure. Our classes are small and usually have between ten to 18 students each, depending on the grade. Each class is staffed with an Early Childhood teacher and a co-teacher, so that individualized attention can be provided for each child’s needs.

For students from ages three to six, these early years are critical in developing their oral language and social skills. An early emphasis on the development of oral language gives children an expanded vocabulary, better verbal fluency, and higher reading comprehension at a later age. At the same time, we work daily to build your child’s character and social skills through the teaching of values and character-based lessons that are integrated throughout our ECC program. Our goal is to build a foundation for learning that will last a lifetime.

Elise Mosher

ECC Principal

Bringing the curriculum to life

chengdu international school early childhood center library with children's books


We offer a special time for parents and children, up to three years old, to come and enjoy playing and learning together. This program is designed to help these little ones acclimate to learning in a school setting, so the transition to the next level will be smooth and natural. This program is offered once a week at no cost to parents.

young male student reading a book at chengdu international school early childhood center


Our Foundations Program is for children who are at least three years old. This program emphasizes quality literature and storytelling throughout the year. Children grow in an oral language-rich environment and are given opportunities to explore and discover through play. Our three year-olds have an enriching experience that integrates math, science, and reading at a developmentally appropriate level.

young male student writing homework at chengdu international school early childhood center


Our Junior-Kindergarten Program is for children who are at least four years old. In Pre-Kindergarten, we teach a developmentally appropriate curriculum that emphasizes quality literature. Children spend part of their day learning oral language skills through play and singing, and part of their day gaining academic skills in reading, math, and science through enriching activities and creative expression.

empty chengdu international school early childhood center classroom


Kindergarten continues oral language development and emphasizes academic skills. Our Kindergarten is for children who are at least five years old. We use scientifically based curriculum that emphasizes best teaching practices in language arts, reading, math, and science. Our Kindergarten students also participate in Mandarin Chinese lessons each day and explore the world of art, music, and physical education.

Our Early Childhood teaching team

Our Early Childhood teaching team

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