THE KOCO DIFFERENCE

COMMUNITY

KOCO has been a fixture in town since 1988. For over a quarter of a century, we have helped to raise a generation of East Hampton's children. Many of those kids have returned to KOCO as staff members. Most of our staff live in town; many have taught at KOCO for over 5 years, some for over 10 years. The East Hampton Public Library, Memorial & Center Schools, Airline Trail, Sears Park, Old Home Days -- these aren't just words on a map or a street sign to us. We shop where you shop, our children go to the same schools as your children. We know your children's cousins, babysitters, pets, math teachers. 

Community Foundation of Middlesex County
Community Foundation of Middlesex County

donates a Buddy Bench

EHPL Visioning Committee
EHPL Visioning Committee

Director of the East Hampton Public Library Ellen Paul (Caroline's mom) invited KOCO to participate

EH Lions Club Eye Screening
EH Lions Club Eye Screening

Abigail gets a high five from a member of the East Hampton Lions Club. The Lions Club visits KOCO annually to conduct preschool eye screenings.

Community Foundation of Middlesex County
Community Foundation of Middlesex County

donates a Buddy Bench

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Community Found. of Middlesex County
Community Found. of Middlesex County

The Community Foundation of Middlesex County KOCO is proud to announce that we have received a grant for $600 from the Community Foundation of Middlesex County/Ann T. D'Addario Family Foundation Fund, River View Cemetery Fund. The grant was used to help purchase a die-cutting system.

Aetna
Aetna

Aetna is only one of many employers that provide matching donations -- Travelers, UTC, the State of Connecticut. Check with your employer!

Tax Deductible Donations
Tax Deductible Donations

A KOCO grandmother provided funds to purchase the reading loft in Schoolage.

Community Found. of Middlesex County
Community Found. of Middlesex County

The Community Foundation of Middlesex County KOCO is proud to announce that we have received a grant for $600 from the Community Foundation of Middlesex County/Ann T. D'Addario Family Foundation Fund, River View Cemetery Fund. The grant was used to help purchase a die-cutting system.

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NOT-FOR-PROFIT

KOCO began in 1988 as Kids of Chatham Organization, Inc., the area's only not-for-profit child care center. We are not a chain daycare. Our own parents serve on our volunteer Board of Directors. Our rates are reasonable, and all profits are cycled back into our programs. As an independent company, we have the flexibility to work interactively with our students and their families, whether on scheduling, payments, curriculum, or special physical, medical or educational needs. KOCO has and continues to provide accomodations for children with unique circumstances: Down's Syndrome, insulin pumps, in DCF custody, among others.

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PARENTS AS PARTNERS

We pride ourselves on finding the appropriate fit for each child at KOCO. Our teachers and administrators will partner with you to maximize your child's daily experience at our center. When other daycares "give up" on a child, KOCO goes the extra mile to ensure that child's success. Parents are welcome to visit KOCO at any time, and there are many opportunities for parents to volunteer. We view our role as a support to quality family time, not as a substitute to quality family time.

Oceanographer visits
Oceanographer visits

Katherine's dad

Vet Tech visits with dog
Vet Tech visits with dog

Miss Laurie's daughter

KOCO Pets: Sasha
KOCO Pets: Sasha

This photographic series -- featured on our website and on our FB page -- shows that we never forget the most important people at KOCO: kids. Inspired by the Fentress family dog, KOCO Pets has taken on a life of its own!

Oceanographer visits
Oceanographer visits

Katherine's dad

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Wesleyan Cognitive Development Labs
Wesleyan Cognitive Development Labs

Wesleyan University's Psychology Dept. performed studies "Preliminary Number Screening, Puppet Counting Game, Number Game, Mr. Elephant Game"

E.H. Public Library
E.H. Public Library

EHPL Librarian Miss Michelle visits KOCO twice per month to bring new books and read to the preschoolers. Miss Sue helps facilitate "Full S.T.E.A.M. Ahead" a science/ technology/ engineering/ arts/ math curriculum for tweens at KOCO on school holidays and vacations. KOCO participates in the interview process for new Children's Librarians.

EHHS Project Graduation
EHHS Project Graduation

Many of our part-time staff are juniors and seniors at East Hampton High School. KOCO is happy to support Project Graduation, a safe alternative way to celebrate!

Wesleyan Cognitive Development Labs
Wesleyan Cognitive Development Labs

Wesleyan University's Psychology Dept. performed studies "Preliminary Number Screening, Puppet Counting Game, Number Game, Mr. Elephant Game"

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COLLABORATION

We've all heard the adage that it takes a village to raise a child. KOCO is part of a vital network of local and regional early childhood professionals. A large part of our mandate is seeking out appropriate resources for students and families in need. We make frequent use of our dynamic in-house Health and Educational Consultants. KOCO is an integral part of the East Hampton Early Childhood Council. We are in close touch with the local public library and school system, and have contacts within the following agencies: Birth-to-3, Department of Children & Families, CT Office of Early Childhood, Care-4-Kids, YPCCA, East Hampton Parks & Recreation, University of Connecticut, Wesleyan University, Early Childhood Consultation Partnership.

 

CREATIVITY

As an "indie" child care center, we excel at spontaneity and emergent curriculum. Our investigations-style curriculum is relevant, authentic and intentional. We adapt our class-generated learning experience webs to the changing interests and needs of our students. Our teachers come from a variety of backgrounds: education, the arts, social work, business. While CT-ELDS, NAEYC and ERS Standards underpin KOCO's curriculum, our teachers are encouraged -- trained, even -- to go beyond "canned" or "cookie-cutter" lessons. In our view, a key aspect of good teaching is knowing when to toss out the lesson plan.

Coloring on the floor
Coloring on the floor

Stone Soup
Stone Soup

Mess? What mess?
Mess? What mess?

Waddlers fingerpaint.

Coloring on the floor
Coloring on the floor

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Miss April visits from the EHPL
Miss April visits from the EHPL

stories, songs and new books!

Story Kitchen with Miss Roxann
Story Kitchen with Miss Roxann

a story and a cooking project

Obstacle course
Obstacle course

designed by big kids for little kids

Miss April visits from the EHPL
Miss April visits from the EHPL

stories, songs and new books!

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VISITING CURRICULUM

Our Visiting Curriculum is a blend of regular in-house programs (Second Step Social-Emotional Curriculum, Signing Time ASL, Muzzy Spanish, Story Kitchen, Children's Happy Notes) and outside visitors (community helpers, enrichment programs, etc.).

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INVESTIGATIONS-BASED LEARNING

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. For more information, visit ECSU Center for Early Childhood's "Investigations" page.

Investigation: Cleaning
Investigation: Cleaning

visiting the Mechanical Room to see the cleaning tools, machines and chemicals

Investigation: 5 Senses: Touch
Investigation: 5 Senses: Touch

shaving cream feels soft and smells great!

Webbing an Investigation
Webbing an Investigation

Our investigation on "Hands" led to lots of fun activities and experiments. Putting our investigation into web form helped us to see how we learned.

Investigation: Cleaning
Investigation: Cleaning

visiting the Mechanical Room to see the cleaning tools, machines and chemicals

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