Discovery Preschool & Nursery at Columbia Basin College

Designed for families with children as young as 12 months, our Discovery Preschool & Nursery at Columbia Basin College offers multiple, appropriate programs led by caring and inspiring adults.

Through our thoughtfully planned curriculum, youth ages 12 months - 6 years old will discover and explore their world through play as they prepare for kindergarten.


📍 Location: 2600 N 20th Ave, Pasco, 99301 (A Building)

📞 Phone: (509) 416-7411

✉️ Site Coordinator: Becky Vonie

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Fill out our Interest Form
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Take a tour of our Preschool

Want to see the Preschool in person? Contact our Site Coordinator to schedule a tour!

A Consistent & Proven Approach To Learning

Forming positive daily habits and setting educational goals help us create a positive and safe environment where youth can learn and grow. Our daily schedule is carefully crafted to maximize structured learning opportunities while giving youth time to develop friendships and uncover their talents.



Monday - Friday: 6:30 AM - 6:00 PM

Free Choice Activities

6:30 AM

Breakfast (provided)

8:45 AM

Circle Time
9:15 AM

Curriculum-Centered Activities

9:30 AM

Play Time (outside or in the gym)

10:30 AM

11:30 AM

Nap / Rest

12:15 PM

Wake up and Care Routine
2:15 PM

Afternoon Snack (provided)

2:30 PM

Play Time (outside or in the gym)

3:00 PM

Story Time
3:30 PM

Free Choice Activities

3:45 PM

Program Closes

6:00 PM

Our Curriculum

We believe children learn best through meaningful play. Our play-based, child-centered program develops physical, cognitive, social, emotional, language, and self-help skills while encouraging curiosity, discovery, and problem-solving.

We encourage youth to develop positive habits, attitudes, behaviors by learning from adults who engage and stimulate intellectual curiosity. Our curriculum is a comprehensive, research-based curriculum that features exploration and discovery as a way of learning. Weekly lesson plans are developed to give youth a balanced experience in four areas of development:

Social & Emotional

  • Receptive & expressive language
  • Social relationships
  • Self-regulation
  • Small & large group work
  • Identify feelings
  • Experience pride & confidence
  • Develop independence & self-control

Approach to Learning

  • Initiative & curiosity
  • Persistence & Attentiveness
  • Reasoning & problem solving
  • Cooperation


  • Gross & fine motor skills
  • Health knowledge & practice
  • Music & movement


  • Book appreciation
  • Alphabet knowledge & phonological awareness
  • Art
  • Early writing
  • Number concepts & quantities
  • Shapes, patterns & colors

Meet our Preschool Teachers


Becky Vonie

Site Coordinator

Yazmin Moreno

Program Supervisor

Alyssa Beidler

Lead Teacher

Allison Gutierrez

Lead Toddler Teacher

With nearly 40 years of collective experience working with youth, the team at our Discovery Preschool & Nursery at Columbia Basin College truly understands how to build positive and meaningful relationships with children, as they guide them through their Preschool journey.

*All Preschool Staff hold the appropriate Early Childhood Education required by the State of Washington in the Foundational Quality Standards for Early Learning Programs. Preschool Staff must also complete 30 hours of training before they start working. Each year, staff must also complete 10 additional hours of training related to child development, program administration, safety or disaster preparedness, and cultural awareness.

In accordance with the Washington State Administrative Codes, our programs are staffed at a 1:10 ratio.

Weekly Rates

2023 - 2024 School Year Rates

4 wks. - 12 mo. (Infant care provided at New Horizons High School) $1,210
12-36 months $1,115
3-6 years (NOT Potty Trained) $1,065
3-6 years (Potty Trained) $1,045

Ready to enroll?

Or want to learn more?

Fill out our Interest Form

Additional Information

Download the Parent Handbook

• We accept DSHS (DSHS Provider # 012898)

• Scholarships available
Download the Application Form

• Annual registration fee of $50 per child or $75 per family

Discounts provided for:

• Parents/Guardian employed by Richland & Pasco School Districts

• Multiple Children enrolled in Boys & Girls Club programs

• Military Personnel

What Parents are Saying About Our Preschool

Greyson has been at the CBC program since he was one. During this time he has grown so much from learning how to communicate with others and trying new things. His mom and I are so pleased with how much he has grown with his social skills. Greyson also has developed his academic skills through learning how to count, identify colors, and much more. We are excited to see how much more he grows in the next year and can't wait for his new adventures. We are so pleased with the teachers he has had along the way each one has made a big impact on his development.
CBC Preschool Parent