A great way for your child to learn Chinese
and use it is to go to a Chinese School. There are over 500 programs for K-12 that teach Chinese in public schools, and over 1600 Chinese Schools that focus on ethnic Chinese in the US. Non-Chinese kids are welcome at the schools, especially since they are usually privately run and appreciate more students. Here is a brief summary of some helpful information on Chinese Schools:
Education is seen as a way to improve
your family status in society.
Brings a lot of prestige to the family,
when they can say, my son/daughter has a PhD from Stanford.
Types Of Schools:
Mandarin that teach Traditional Characters.
Mandarin that teach Simplified Characters.
Categories of Schools:
Church Run Schools
For Profit Schools - Can vary from a babysitter
taking care of some kids to after school care using the facilities
of a local public school. This is the largest type of schools.
Non-Profit Schools, often run by a group of parents as a Coop.
There are currently over 1600 Chinese Schools
in the US and you want to send your child to the best one. Questions
to ask are: Do they have a humanistic approach or are they rote
based? Most of this information you can't find without going
to the school and observing a class. One method is go to the
school and find out if you like it. Talk to the teacher and the
staff. Referrals are a great source of information!