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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


June 1-30 - Summer Break

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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!



I hope all is well with you and your own families in this new year of 2024. Our active board of directors, our KCLC families, and our staff know that I have been working on a succession plan, but I wanted to let you all know.  I am so grateful for you all in believing in the mission of KCLC.  I am also grateful for our Cochiti Tribal Leadership, our founding board members (Dr. Joseph Suina, Matthew Pecos, Dr. Rebecca Blum-Martinez, Dr. Lily Wong Fillmore, Scott Riley, Dr. Eunice Romero Little), our past and present board members, our elders, our families, our staff, our funders, our mentors, our allies for the unwavering support in launching and sustaining KCLC. This has been a group effort, and we would not have been able to accomplish the mission of KCLC without all of you.

For the good of myself and my family, I can no longer do so many jobs—I want one job. I am first succeeding the Education Director position on February 1, 2024, to Celeste Penni Naranjo. Next, I will be succeeding the CEO position to Dr. Curtis Chavez on June 3, 2024. I will continue to work at KCLC, training our future CEO and our new Keres-speaking elementary teacher-in-training, Gabby Rosetta. I will also continue to work with the Director of the Indigenous Montessori Institute, Povi Mitchell. We have an amazing staff and leadership team, made up of Penni Naranjo, Curtis Chavez, Mara Matteson, Jerome Garcia, Povi Mitchell, and Katie Kitchens. I will continue to mentor the leadership team and staff.  I will also continue in my capacity as co-founder on the KCLC Board of Directors. I want to succeed my leadership in a good way, at a point when things are strong. Now feels like the right time.


To all the iiwas who have attended KCLC—you are the reason for KCLC.  You give KCLC purpose.  And to the iiwas’ parents—without you, KCLC doesn’t exist, for we wouldn’t have a school without children.  Nay’trah.


It has been a blessing to work on KCLC over the last 18 years in a leadership position, and I look forward to continuing to work at and support KCLC in a different capacity. I am grateful to our ancestors, who answer our prayers, to my own family—my husband, our daughters, my mom, Abby Arquero, my aunt and uncle, Joann and Orlando Crespin—for their support of me, and to all of you, for your leadership, support, guidance, and continued belief in the mission of KCLC.


With Love and Gratitude,


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


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.