About Chinmaya Bala Vihar

Information below is for 2019-20 Bala Vihar year. Please check back later for information on the 2020-21 year.

Bala Vihar Physical Classes Closed as of March 14th/15th.

Classes began Saturday, Sept 14th, 2019 in Berkeley, Fremont, San Ramon and San Jose. We also have Sunday classes starting Sept 15th, 2019 in San Jose and San Mateo.

Come and try us out at any of these locations - click on the links above or email info@cmsj.org for more information. If you are ready to register, details are below.

There is a $600 annual family membership (from September thru August). The membership is tax-deductible as allowed by law. In addition, there is a nominal annual fee of $35 per class per child which is not tax deductible. Please consult your tax adviser for any tax implications.

Please register only your children.

Please note that Chinmaya Bala Vihar is a required pre-requisite for all classes, including language, other special classes such as Geeta Chanting, Swaranjali, Vedic Math, and Vedic Chanting.

What’s new for 2019-20

  1. Annual Family Membership Fee is $600
  2. Annual Class Fee per class per child is $35
  3. The Berkeley Chinmaya Bala Vihar program is launched as of this year – see Berkeley Chinmaya Bala Vihar page  for registration process
  4. Shishu Vihar (PreKG) parent-child classes are now offered at Fremont, San Mateo, San Jose and San Ramon locations
  5. Java Programming is no longer offered at San Ramon

About Chinmaya Bala Vihar

“Children are lamps to be lit, not vessels to be filled”
- Pujya Gurudev, Swami Chinmayananda

CMSJ’s Chinmaya Bala Vihar – the Cultural School – operates at five locations: Berkeley,  Fremont,  San JoseSan Mateo  and San Ramon.

Chinmaya Bala Vihar in the Bay Area was started in 1981 by Acharya Uma Auntie under the guidance of Pujya Gurudev. It has grown from a humble beginning of 6 children to over 2150 students spread across five locations today.

The Chinmaya Bala Vihar and Yuva Kendra programs have been re-organized to serve children and youth. The classes are arranged according to the school system – Kindergarten through High School (K-12). We do not place children in class by age. The grade in which the child is enrolled in school is the consideration for admission to Chinmaya Bala Vihar/Yuva Kendra.

About Shishu Vihar

Chinmaya Shishu Vihar is a parent-and-toddler style class for 3 and 4 year olds. Children attend with their parents and get familiar with basic concepts in Hinduism (gods and their characteristics, names of holidays) in a fun and engaging way through song, stories, arts and crafts appropriate to their age and development.
Swamini Supriyananda (a child psychologist before she turned to the Vedantic path) conceptualized Shishu Vihar and first implemented it in Hong Kong years ago. She has trained all of CMSJ’s Shishu Vihar teachers in the style and preparatory materials for this class. If you have any further questions, please reach out to lakshmy.prakash@cmsj.org or sandhya.simhan@cmsj.org.


Several Indian languages are also taught as part of this program.

Please note, however, that registration to just language classes is not supported. Students have to be enrolled in and attend Chinmaya Bala Vihar/Yuva Kendra classes to be eligible for language class. In other words, to register for language classes, students must first register in Chinmaya Bala Vihar/Yuva Kendra classes and attend them.

  • San Mateo: Hindi
  • San Jose: Hindi, Malayalam, Marathi, Sanskrit, Tamil and Telugu
  • Fremont: Hindi, Kannada, Malayalam, Sanskrit and Telugu
  • San Ramon: Sanskrit, Hindi, Malayalam and Telugu
Note: The languages offered may change from year to year.
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