WADDLERS: Rooms 109-110

“KOCO is down-to-earth comfortable. Kids can be kids. The caring staff appreciate the demands of a working family.” 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.

Waddlers: Rooms 109-110

Ages 1 - 2 years

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

6:30 am  7:00 am Early Opening


4:1 ratio of students to teachers (max 8:2)

Individual cots for naptime

Toilet training optional

Stimulating room environment

  • Music, books, toys, art, fingerplays, TLC

  • Individual attention

  • Wooden climber slide

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

  • Infant-Toddler Environment Rating Scale (ITERS) compliant

  • Investigations-style curriculum

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

  • Outdoor grassy play area right outside the door

  • 4-seat buggy rides

  • Parents provide food, beverages, diapers, wipes, spare clothes, bedding

  • Administrators certified in CPR, First Aid and Medication Administration

  • Weekly visits from Health and Educational Consultants

  • Birth-to-Three consultations as needed

  • Quarterly enrichment visitors

  • Daily notes (phone calls always welcome!)