Foreign Languages for Young Children in the Toledo Area

Kasumi-Yamazaki

Research has repeatedly shown that learning a foreign language at a young age has numerous benefits, with many classes being offered in the Toledo area. Kasumi Yamazaki, a visiting assistant professor of Japanese at the University of Toledo encourages parents to enroll their children in schools that offer foreign language(s). “For a global perspective, it can provide a foundation for intercultural competence that is needed in the 21st century,” she says. “For a learning perspective, young children have an advantage of acquiring native-like fluency of a target language if you start early.”

Check out some of the local programs that offer foreign languages:

Alliance Française de Toledo
French lessons are offered
aftoledo.com

Einstein Montessori School
Arabic and Spanish are offered
myeinsteinmontessori.com

Japanese School of Toledo
Japanese-accredited curriculum for heritage learners
toledohoshuku.com

Little Sprouts Academy
Spanish is offered
littlesproutsacademy.com

Maumee Valley Country Day School
Spanish is offered starting from 
pre-kindergarten
mvcds.org/page

Music Lingua
French, German and Spanish programs for kids 
musiclingua.com

Temple Congregation Shomer Emunim
Temple Tots program offers Hebrew for the little ones
templese.com/lifelong-learning/temple-tots

Toledo Chinese School
Basic Chinese is taught beginning at age three.
chinesecenteroftoledo.org/programs

West Side Montessori School
Spanish and French are offered at age three.
montessoritoledo.org