“We believe our childcare is an extension of the home; it is crucial that parents are closely involved in our program.” – Children’s Center Staff

Our Children’s Center provides a safe and nurturing environment in which the child is able to develop cognitively, socially, physically, and emotionally, through a creative program of planned activities, within a day care setting. We educate children in the values of life, family and positive interpersonal relationships. We encourage children to internalize the values of self-discipline, mutual respect, personal morality, and social justice.

Toddler Program

• Available to children 1-2 ½ years and not potty trained

• Class ratio of 1 staff member to 7 children

• Assist in the development of self-help skills

• Indoor play and supervised natural play outdoor area

• 3 snacks per day

Preschool Room

• Available to children enrolled in Montessori Preschool, ages 2 ½ - 5 years and potty trained

• Positive social interaction aiding in social and personal development

• Planned activities to stimulate and develop creative potentials

• Nutritious snack

Kinders/B.A.S.I.C. Room (Before and After School Instructional Care)

• Available to children enrolled at St. Joseph’s Catholic School, Kindergarten – 12 years

• Assist children to find creative energy outlets before and after school

• Provide enrichment opportunities to develop children’s interests

• Homework support

• Nutritious snack

Summer Program

• The summer program begins on the 1st day of summer break

• Field trips 3 times per week on a private Benton Franklin Transit Shuttle

• Science projects and amazing arts & crafts

• Mid-Columbia summer reading program

The Children’s Centers hours of operation are from 6 am to 6 pm Monday through Friday.
The facility is closed on the following days:

• New Year's Eve - Noon closure (if a weekday)

• New Year’s Day (if it lands on a weekend, closed on day before or after)

• Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

• President’s Day

• Memorial Day

• Fourth of July

• Labor Day

• Veterans Day

• Day Before Thanksgiving - Noon closure

• Thanksgiving Day

• Day after Thanksgiving

• Christmas Eve - Noon closure (if a weekday)

• Christmas Day (if it lands on a weekend, closed on day before or after)

Snow Days!

St. Joseph’s Catholic School and Children’s Center follow the closures and delayed starts of the Kennewick School District. In the event of a 2 hour delay, the Children’s Center will open 2 hours later at 8 am. When school has been canceled, the Children’s Center will close as well.  For the most up to date information, check the KSD website,

Questions?  Please contact our Children’s Center at 509-586-1428

Staff Bio

Children’s Center

“Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it” - Proverbs 22:6