Our History

  • 1990
    Your People Professionals, an employee leasing company, opened in the old Columbia Records building across the parking lot from our location. At that time, Bonnie Royster & Lisa Chenoweth were owners of Your People Professionals. Lisa’s children, as well as children of employees of YPP were in a preschool program in Santa Maria. The preschool was closed down abruptly due to financial problems.
  • 1991
    Because of Bonnie’s career in human resources, she understood the importance of employee’s having quality childcare for them to be successful in their lives and jobs. She and Lisa decided to explore the possibility of opening a childcare facility. Lisa worked closely with owners and directors of local programs to design the building. The owner of the property at the time, Rob Rossi, built CCC to our specifications. Lisa & Bonnie then searched for a qualified director and began to develop the program and purchase equipment.
  • 1992
    Our state of the art building was completed and our program was opened under the Direction of Corinne Pollard. We offered care to children 6 weeks to 6 years in the following programs: Infant, Toddler, Preschool and Kindergarten Readiness.
  • 1997
    CCC closes the Infant Program.
  • 2002
    CCC celebrates 10 years in business.
  • 2014
    Columbia Children’s Center’s property was purchased by the owners of the Shepard Eye Center. At this time, there were concerns if our parking lot could handle our customers as well as the customers of the Shepard Eye Center. We began looking for a place to relocate.
  • 2015
    The word spread that we were having a difficult time finding a place to relocate. Current and past families of Columbia Children’s Center rallied to save us. Due to these family’s as well as the efforts of a local business man Dave Cross, the city of Santa Maria was able to come up with a modified parking plan. This modified plan gave us the ability to remain onsite along with the Shepard Eye Center.
  • 2017
    CCC celebrates 25 years in business. Corinne Pollard, our director, retires. We recruit for a qualified replacement and hire Cortney Dasmann as the new director. CCC opens the Young Toddler Program so that we can serve the younger children again.
  • 2018
    CCC remodels the Young Toddler and Early Years Playground.
  • 2019
    CCC remodels the Preschool Playground.