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Welcome to
Keres Children's
Learning Center

The Keres Children’s Learning Center (KCLC) is a not-for-profit educational organization that supports Cochiti Pueblo children and families in maintaining, strengthening, and revitalizing their heritage language of Keres.

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Montessori Approach
Nurturing the
whole CHILD

Maria Montessori crafted an approach toward education based on meeting children’s developmental needs and satisfying their developmental tendencies that they might fully realize their unique potentials.

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Teachings passed down
through KERES

KCLC utilizes the Keres language naturally, supporting children who are already bilingual in Keres and/or supporting families in helping their children learn Keres.

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Help Us Help our Children
We are grateful
for your SUPPORT

Thank you for supporting the work of the Keres Children's Learning Center. Your valuable contribution is incredibly important for the development of our programs.

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Our Week at a Glance
KCLC Weekly
list of ACTIVITIES

November:
Nov 1 - Holiday - No School

Nov 2 - Staff Inservice - No Children

Nov 3-4 - Children Full Day

Nov 7 - Children Full Day

Nov 8 - Symposium/Tuition Tuesday

Nov 9 - Symposium

Nov 10 - Children Full Day

Nov 11 - Holiday - No School

Nov 14-15 - Children Full Day

Nov 16 - Children 1/2 Day; 11:30 Pickup

Nov 17-18 - Children Full Day

Nov 21 - Parent Seminar

Nov 22 - Children Full Day

Nov 23- Children 1/2 Day; 11:30 Pickup

Nov 24-25 - Holiday; No School

Nov 28-29 - Children Full Day

Nov 30 - Children 1/2 Day; 11:30 Pickup

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Native Language Symposium

To build awareness, inspire connection and belonging in the work of Indigenous Education, and create opportunities to collectively work toward Indigenous language revitalization through education using an immersion, dual-language, and Montessori model rooted in community knowledge and values.

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Words from Trisha Moquino...

Dear Keres Children’s Learning Center Family, Friends, Community!

 

We are so blessed and grateful to bring in the new school year 2022–2023 and welcome back our children, our staff, our families, and our community. It is truly a blessing to be able to come back to school in person in August as we had been doing prior to the pandemic. Once the pandemic hit, we pivoted to virtual classes, doing our part in keeping everybody safe in our community. We are grateful to our tribal leadership for always doing their best to keep the Cochiti community as safe as possible from the COVID-19 virus. 

Another remarkable occasion about this year is the marking of our 10th birthday, which will be on September 19, 2022. Our 10th year birthday committee did a remarkable job of celebrating all last school year. Those celebrations will culminate on our actual 10th birthday. Please stay tuned for word on the celebration of KCLC’s 10th birthday on September 19, 2022, and hopefully you can join in. 

 

We are also excited about two new settings (or classrooms) launching this August. Our Keres Language Immersion Infant-Toddler Community will be opening on August 18, 2022, with Dee Mody as the Keres Language and Culture Guide and Dominique Quintana as the Infant-Toddler Montessori Guide in training.

 

We are also launching the beginnings of our dual-language (Keres–English) Adolescent setting, with Bernard Suina as the Keres Language and Culture Guide. We are still looking for an English-Speaking Montessori Adolescent Guide. In the meantime, we are grateful to our partner school, Escuela del Sol in Albuquerque, for partnering with us to provide the non-Keres components of our developing Adolescent setting.

 

Lastly, we are dreaming of our new KCLC building. The cost will be around 6 million, possibly more because of inflation. We have not secured funding for the building cost—only for the design phase. Until we have more space and to make space for our new Infant-Toddler setting, we have had to rent a mobile mini to use as our staff workroom. Thank you to those of you who donate monthly. We are so grateful for that steadfast, predictable support. If you are someone who could consider becoming a monthly donor of KCLC, please know that everything helps.

 

With that, we wish you all continued strength, love, and hope as we all work to create a future where our children and their children will be speakers of our beloved Keres language. Thank you all for being here on this journey with- us we appreciate you greatly.

This October, our Director of the Indigenous Montessori Institute, Tracey Cordero, will be leaving KCLC to work for the tribe as the Tribal Administrator of Pueblo de Cochiti.  Although we are sad to lose her, we know her numerous skill sets, her amazing work ethic, and love of our people will guide all the good work that she is bound to do at the Tribal Administration offices (which is just a hop, skip, and jump away from KCLC).  She will not be that far away, and we know she will continue to support KCLC.  We are grateful to Tracey for her commitment to KCLC and the strong foundation she has helped to create at our Indigenous Montessori Institute.  We wish you all the best, Tracey!

There are 3 ways you can make your donation.
1. Donate Online – Click on donate button
2. Donate by Mail Keres Children’s Learning Center P.O. Box 113 Cochiti Pueblo, NM 87072
3. Donate by Phone – Call 505-274-8049 or 505-999-8310

Thank You,
KCLC Family

KCLC

Keres Children's Learning Center

Our Mission
Keres Children’s Learning Center (KCLC) strives to reclaim our children’s education and honor our heritage by using a comprehensive cultural and academic curriculum to assist families in nurturing Keres-speaking, holistically healthy, community minded, and academically strong students.

Keres Children's Learning Center