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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

June:

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!

 

We are grateful to be gifted with finishing out our twelfth school year. KCLC is now blessed to have the full continuum of Montessori learning settings from birth through adolescence (0–18 years), and the teaching staff to support those settings. In May, we spent a week celebrating our teachers, for whom we are inexpressibly grateful. We also had a big end-of-year picnic to celebrate our children and their caregivers. It takes the whole community, and we hope we will continue to have families and staff who want to participate in KCLC’s mission: 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. Changes and transitions have been a constant since the inception of KCLC. I once heard someone say that KCLC was building the plane as we were flying it. We are always learning and trying to do better. We continue to focus on the revitalization of our language and the development of our children, our staff and our overall organization.

As the Co-Founder and in each of the jobs that I have held at KCLC, I have worked to help create a culture of love and a love of learning, unlearning, and relearning, building a brave space where we work together to create a new type of education for our children and do so in community. I say that “I helped” because we do nothing alone. Working to reclaim the education of our children takes all of us—the first-language speakers of Keres, the dreamers, the practitioners, the tribal leaders, the followers, the families, parents, children—all of us dedicated to learning our language and its values, committed to practicing all that it entails. I am profoundly grateful for the loving warrior spirit shared by our courageous families, teachers, staff. The work we do is hard, all the time. It demands patience, persistence, confidence, willingness to risk and be vulnerable, and the desire to learn, grow, and develop. It’s too hard to do alone. We know we couldn’t do it without the support of our Board of Directors, Tribal leadership, funders, and all our supporters whose commitment to KCLC helps us attain our mission.

 

As shared in our last quarterly newsletter, I am succeeding my leadership position as the Head of School and CEO. Our new Head of School is Celeste Naranjo. Our new CEO will be Dr. Curtis Chavez, who will fully assume his new leadership position on June 4, 2024. For the last two years I have thought carefully about my succession plan, and I have been guided by my prayers, my family, KCLC’s Board of Directors, my mentors, and colleagues. I will continue to teach in both the Elementary classroom and our Indigenous Montessori Institute and will continue on the Board of Directors in my capacity as Co-Founder. I remain committed to the mission of KCLC and working in community toward all of us embodying our commitments to our mission. Although what we are doing at KCLC has been inspired by my work with children, my own children, my grandparents and all the generations before us, the responsibility to do the work of learning, unlearning—and relearning and sustaining our precious Keres language—is the work of every single one of us.

 

With Love and Gratitude,

Trisha

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.