Japanese Programs for Kids in San Francisco

Contact Our School

Nihonmachi Little Friends (NFL):
Nihonmachi Little Friends (NLF) is a bilingual, Japanese, multicultural childcare organization located in San Francisco’s Japantown. We offer engaging and diverse programs including a preschool childcare program and an afterschool program, both with a multicultural curriculum.

Email: Contact us here     ( or request a callback ).
We are committed to providing quality and affordable childcare services. Incorporating Japanese language and curriculum, our programs foster children's self-esteem, cooperation and confidence. We promote a partnership between teachers, children and their families to build a stimulating learning environment that allows children to develop to their full potential and become active members of the community.

Outreach to Japan:

Nihonmachi Little Friends is very much at the center of life in Japantown. We have helped many families with their transition to San Francisco by providing an instant network of businesses and people who speak Japanese, and who are committed to maintaining the Japanese culture and traditions. Our children's programs have a strong emphasis on Japanese bilingual activities which are presented through music, stories, arts and crafts, and celebration of traditional holiday and events.

Our Goals:
- Expand programs to provide a continuum of childcare services for pre-kindergarten to early teens.
- Provide more after school enrichment programs.
- Explore the feasibility of expanding the preschool hours from 7:30am to 6:00pm.
- Explore the feasibility of developing an after school program for middle schoolers as a stand-alone program or in conjunction with other organizations.
- Explore expansion of slots for low-income children.

- Preschool Childcare Program:

(for children aged 2 1/2 to 5 years old)
NLF Preschool Programs provides a flexible schedule designed to accommodate the needs of families (full-day, half-day or three days per week).

- Afterschool Program:
(for elementary, school-age children (grades K through 5)
We provide childcare services to elementary school-age children both before and after their regular elementary school programs.

We offer a diverse, multicultural curriculum which emphasizes the Japanese language and culture while integrating a wide range of developmentally appropriate activities. In an environment conducive to learning, our program develops children in all areas fostering self-esteem, cooperation and confidence through Japanese lessons and general lessons.

Parents are Key Partners at NLF :

Through the years, parent and family services have been integrated in an effort to foster active involvement in the overall development of our children. Exciting and educational parent events include workshops on various topics of interest, weekend outings and holiday celebrations.

NLF is Active in the Community:

We participate in several local events throughout the year such as the Cherry Blossom Festival and Nihonmachi Street Fair. We also work with other service organizations providing childcare services for many businesses in our neighborhood.

Affiliations:

NLF is affiliated with the following organizations:
- Asian Pacific Islander Family Resource Network (APIFRN).
- SF CARES: Provides stipends for childcare workers to encourage them to stay in the field and continue their education.
- The City of San Francisco's Department of Children, Youth and Families: Provides quality childcare and mental health collaborative funding.
- Family Service Agency of San Francisco.
- APA Fund: Asian Pacific American Community Fund.

Email: Contact Us

Request a Callback

Address: 2031 Bush Street, CA 94115, San Francisco, California , USA
Related Schools & Programs. Inquire to our admissions team today:
ABC Languages, San Francisco & Bay Area
Courses / Programs
With language schools in downtown San Francisco and Menlo Park in the Bay Area, ABC Languages provides both private and group Arabic lessons for kids and teens.

We also offer private Arabic lessons in your home for kids living throughout San Francisco, the Silicon Valley and Peninsula region of San Francisco Bay Area, including in San Jose, Palo Alto, San Mateo, Mountain View, Santa Clara, Sunnyvale and surrounding areas.

ABC Languages learner-centered methods and effective lessons focus on attaining authentic Arabic language skills that can be used in the real world.

Modern Standard Arabic (MSA) is the focus of these classes, allowing students to use their language skills in any Arabic-speaking country. However, if you would like to focus on another dialect, such as Moroccan or Lebanese, we can provide private lessons.

Our one-on-one language lessons are the most intensive way to immerse students in the Arabic language. 

Our instructors are native speakers of the language they teach. Our teachers encourage lively conversations, role-play and games in Arabic, so that our students learn Arabic in a natural way.

ABC is highly experienced in teaching languages and was voted “Best of the Bay Area” by SFGate users.

We also offer instruction in Farsi, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Russian, Italian, German, Portuguese, Spanish, and English among other languages.
Arabic Language Classed for Juniors:
Beginner to advanced levels

• Private (one-on-one) or customized group Arabic lessons for kids and teens. Can be held at our school or at your home.

• Customized after-school Arabic programs for elementary school, middle school & high school students

• Private Arabic lessons means students can learn at their own pace.

• Modern Standard Arabic (MSA) is the focus of these classes, allowing students to use their language skills in any Arabic-speaking country.
Updated: 2016-04-05
Updated: 2016-04-05
Eldorado Emerson Private School
Courses / Programs
Eldorado Emerson Private School in California is a non-profit private high school offering an international / ESL program to 7th-12th Grade international students. Eldorado Emerson Private School is located in the safe, clean, affluent City of Orange in Orange County, approximately 40 minutes south of Los Angeles, 20 minutes from local beaches, and 15 minutes from Disneyland, CA.

Eldorado Emerson is a Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) accredited school with approximately 200 students enrolled. Established over 50 years ago, our school is dedicated to excellence in education with an average class size of ten to eighteen students.

Our highly experienced teachers believe in their students and their work. Our teachers are friendly, well educated, intelligent, creative, orderly, dedicated and hard working and offer inspiration to students.

The International / ESL program is made possible by a diverse faculty representing numerous foreign languages, in addition to a teacher with a Masters Degree in ESL, as well as small class sizes which provide individual attention to each student. Strong emphasis is on integrating ESL students into regular academic classes.
International / ESL program:

- Attracts students from around the world to live in the United States & study at Eldorado Emerson.

- Students are accepted for the entire academic year: 11 months, September through July.

- We offer I-20 (F1) Visas, home-stay programs and transportation to and from school.

- Our intimate learning atmosphere is the hallmark of our school and has allowed us to create a family-like environment that is highly responsive to the needs of our international and ESL students.
D'Angon Academy for Language Acquisition
Courses / Programs
D'Angon Academy for Language Acquisition provides summer English camps in California for children ages 9-14 as well as academic year, English immersion homestay programs for children entering 4th-8th Grade. We also provide courses for ESL groups of all ages, year-round. 

Our programs combine quality English classes with fun excursions to popular tourist destinations that allow our students to experience American culture and practice their English language skills.

Camp students stay at the newly-renovated Marriott Residence Inn Suites in Irvine, just 45 minutes south-east of Los Angeles (and 80 miles north of San Diego).

Homestay students reside in a home with a local family, and attend the prestigious Montessori on the Lake school in Lake Forest, CA. 

Students will arrive at John Wayne Airport in Santa Ana, Orange County, where a D'Angon team member will be there to greet them.

All of our students return home with noticeably stronger English skills. They will have confidence in their ability to read, write, speak and listen in English.

Thanks to our ESL programs, our students experience American culture in a way that will contribute to their future academic success. They will have fun and make new friends from around the world!
Academic Year ESL Immersion Homestay Program:
For high-achieving students entering 4th – 8th Grade

- This homestay program is for a minimum of 2 months and a maximum of 10 months. 

- Designed as a preparation for students who likely attend high school or university in the U.S.

Summer English Language Camps:
1-week camps for children ages 9-14 & ESL Groups of all ages

- English language classes for 1-2 hours each morning

- Excursions to popular tourist attractions such as Disneyland or Sea World with English activities integrated into the excursion
Orange Coast Gakuen Japanese Language School, Huntington Beach
Courses / Programs
Located in beautiful Huntington Beach, CA, Orange Coast Gakuen (OCG) is a Japanese language school that provides Japanese language learning courses to students of all ages and ability levels. Our Japanese classes are catered for elementary school age children, junior & senior high schoolers, and adults alike.

Our classes are divided into 'tracks', allowing us to teach children and adults of all backgrounds in the Japanese language. One track is for learners of Japanese as a Heritage Language (JHL), designed for students who regularly hear and speak Japanese in their home environments. A second track is for learners of Japanese as a Foreign Language (JFL), which is designed for students with less background in Japanese.

Our classes also include a variety of cultural activities and events, as well as opportunities to take additional cultural classes such as Japanese flower arrangement for adults, or Japanese calligraphy.

Since becoming an independent school, OCG has been fortunate to have the guidance of a team of curriculum advisors from California State University Long Beach. Our new advisors have helped to construct an innovative and highly effective approach to teaching Japanese.
Japanese Language Learning Classes

- Children's Japanese Classes (Elementary school age)
- Junior & Senior High School Japanese classes (Foreign language credit available)
- Adult Japanese Language Classes
- 'Japanese as a Heritage Language' (for students with some Japanese)
- Japanese as a Foreign Language (for beginner students)
- Japanese Cultural Classes
- Japanese Calligraphy
- Japanese Flower Arrangement
Universe of Colors, San Francisco Bay Area
Courses / Programs
Universe of Colors provides foreign language immersion programs in Spanish for Preschool, Kindergarten, and Elementary school children. We are located in the heart of the San Francisco Bay Area in downtown San Mateo, and we offer you the world when it comes to teaching your child a foreign language. We also offer full immersion programs in French, Mandarin Chinese and English.

In addition to classes at our San Mateo location, we can also come to you. Our instructors can conduct classes after school hours at a location of your choice. Also, we will gladly help you coordinate private playgroups in Spanish, French, Mandarin, or English.

We serve multiple communities in the Peninsula, including Foster City, Burlingame, Hillsborough, Hillsdale, Belmont, San Carlos, Redwood Shores, and Redwood City. So why not come to Universe of Colors, where your child will explore the world through fun and engaging activities, and also gain all the benefits of learning in a foreign language?
Spanish Full Immersion Programs for Children:
- In-house Programs in San Mateo
- Programs at your location of choice
- Morning and Afternoon Preschool Program
- Afternoon Kindergarten Program
- Afternoon Elementary Program

School Break Language Camp Programs:
- Fall Camps
- Mid Winter Camp
- Spring Camps
- Summer Camps (weekly)

We also offer full immersion programs in French, Mandarin Chinese and English.