Feb. 3, 2020 By Allie Griffin
A Mandarin immersion early childhood center is moving into the building that formerly housed the neighborhood institution, the Waterfront Crabhouse restaurant, in Long Island City.
Kuei Luck Early Childhood Center, which currently has a location in Rego Park, is opening up a second center at 2-03 Borden Ave., its Executive Director Kevin Kung confirmed.
The center will serve children from one to five years old and includes a universal pre-K. It’s expected to open for the start of the fall 2020 school year and will serve about 160 students, Kung said.
The center will have 10 classrooms spread between the building’s two floors with state-of-the-art facilities, security and indoor play space.
Kuei Luck Early Childhood Center’s curriculum is inspired by the Reggio approach to learning in which children learn by doing and teachers act as observers and facilitators.
School days will be led in English and Mandarin simultaneously, as they are at the Rego Park school.
Kung, a resident of Long Island City, has wanted to open an early childhood center in the area for a long time and jumped at the opportunity to lease the Borden Avenue building.
“I’ve always wanted to open one in Long Island City,” he said. “I live in the community, I love the community. And the opportunity came up, so we took the space.”
The Loft LIC shortly closed as well and was replaced with an Asian fusion restaurant and lounge called Madame Jade, which also closed.
Parents interested in enrolling their children at the Long Island City location can sign up to receive more information on the center’s website.