“I don’t feel like I am a number, or that my kids are just a number. We are treated with respect and as unique individuals with different needs, views, and preferences.” 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.

Schoolage: Rooms 101-104

Kindergarten thru 4th grade

7:00 am - 8:30 am Before School
3:30 pm - 6:00 pm After School
6:30 am - 7:00 pm Early Opening
7:00 am - 6:00 pm School Close Days


Door-to-door school bus service

10:1 ratio of students to teachers

(max 18:2)

Stimulating room environment

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

  • Compliant with the School Age Environment Rating Scale (SACERS)

  • Investigations-style curriculum

  • Enrichment Curriculum includes Story Kitchen, Literacy Program

  • Varied outdoor play areas

  • Parents provide food and beverages

  • Administrators certified in CPR, First Aid and Medication Administration

  • Weekly visits from Health and Educational Consultants

  • Camp-style summer program available

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12 Long Crossing Road / East Hampton, CT  06424