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.
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.
KCLC utilizes the Keres language naturally, supporting children who are already bilingual in Keres and/or supporting families in helping their children learn Keres.
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.
list of ACTIVITIES
Aug 8 - Staff Start
Aug 9 - Staff Inservice - No Children
Aug 10 - Staff Inservice - No Children
Aug 11 - NEW Primary Children Start; 6:00 Parent Orientation
Aug 12 - Primary, Elementary, Adolescent, Liwas Playhouse Start
Aug 15 - Children Full Day
Aug 16 - Children Full Day
Aug 17 - Children 1/2 Day - 11:50 Pick Up
Aug 18 - Infant-Toddler BeginsAug 19 - Children Full Day
Aug 22 - Children Full Day
Aug 23 - Children Full Day
Aug 24 - Children 1/2 Day - 11:50 Pick Up
Aug 25 - KCLC Open House
Aug 26 - Children Full Day
Aug 29 - Parent Seminar
Aug 30 - Children Full Day
Aug 31 - Children 1/2 Day - 11:50 Pick Up
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.
Words from Trisha Moquino...
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.
We start off this year grateful to our Grandma Elena Arquero, who worked at KCLC for 6½ years. She was the Keres Language and Culture Guide for our Elementary classroom. KCLC is forever grateful to her, as she strengthened our Keres program in so many ways. As she goes into retirement, we will be rooting for her to be happy and healthy. Thank you, Grandma Elena.
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 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.
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
Keres Children's Learning Center
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.