"The teachers and staff at KOCO take a genuine interest in the well-being and development of our children. Every child is viewed as an individual. The teachers are very accommodating and understanding in adapting to the needs of each child. We know that with KOCO’s curriculum and dedication our children will be ready for kindergarten and beyond, both academically and socially." Michelle Kennedy, KOCO Parent


The teachers and students at KOCO investigate topics  of interest throughout the school year. In lieu of a traditional lesson plan, each class decides what they already Know about a particular topic, discuss what they Want to know about the topic, and then they devise learning experiences to help them Learn (K-W-L model). Topics for early childhood investigations are ideally quite simple; recent investigations topics have included Hands, Apples, Balls, and Shoes.  


Ideas generated by each "investigation" are webbed collaboratively; the web becomes a "living document", to be added to, changed, and otherwise revised as the investigation progresses. Students control the depth and length of each investigation (topics of great interest may generate investigations of a month or more!).


Visit Eastern Connecticut State University's Center for Early Childhood Education to learn more about Investigations-style learning experiences.

3's Preschool: Room 106

For 3 - 4 Years Olds

7:00 am – 6:00 pm Standard Program Hours

6:30 am – 7:00 am Early Opening


10:1 ratio of students to teachers

(max 18:2)

Individual cots for naptime

Stimulating room environment

  • Music, books, toys, art, fingerplays, science, math

  • Individual attention

  • Curriculum supports Connecticut Early Learning & Development Standards (CT-ELDS)

  • Early Childhood Environment Rating Scale (ECERS) compliant

  • Investigations-style curriculum

  • Enrichment Curriculum includes American Sign Language, Story Kitchen, Literacy Program

  • Varied outdoor play areas

  • Parents provide food, beverages, spare clothes, bedding

  • Administrators certified in CPR, First Aid and Medication Administration

  • Weekly visits from Health and Educational Consultants

  • Weekly Second Step Social-Emotional Program

  • Memorial Elementary School consultations as needed

  • Quarterly enrichment visitors