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Our Belief: 

Growth &

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We teach people of all ages the skills they will need to live their life to the best of their ability. One way we do this is to focus on a person’s ability not disability. Consumers of our services and programs are at work every day here in our community. Living life with quality and independent lifestyles built with our encouragement and support. This focus remains at the forefront of the E. John Gavras Center’s work to assist individuals with developmental and physical disabilities and their families. Sixty-six years ago in Auburn NY, a caring community and its leadership built the E. John Gavras Center so that this community’s children would have access to local services to help them overcome special needs or challenges they may face in life; helping them to achieve the highest quality of life. Over a decade ago services expanded to include school age children and adults creating a continuum of care for individuals as they transition through critical life stages.

You’re invited … our 4-year old friends are “Moving up”

Attend the annual Gavras Center’s “Moving Up Day” ceremony! Please come and enjoy the ceremony as well as some nice refreshments in order to celebrate our students’ success and completion of a year of Preschool. We will also be saying goodbye to our 4-year-old friends as they prepare to go to Kindergarten next fall.

RSVP which time will best fit your family’s schedule to attend … 10:30am or 1:30pm

Wednesday, June 26th, 182 North Street


Preschool Services

Individuals with developmental disabilities want to enjoy life in their community by participating to the best of their ability in all it has to offer: the arts, recreation, education, and social service to others....

Day Habilitation 

Individuals with developmental disabilities want to enjoy life in their community by participating to the best of their ability in all it has to offer: the arts, recreation, education, and social service to others....

Dolly Parton Imagination Library

A FREE program available to preschool children living in Cayuga County. Click below to see how your child can receive free books till age 5...


Good Eats for a Good Cause at Chili’s!

Simply MENTION the Dolly Parton Imagination Library or PRINT and SHOW your server this flyer, and 10% of your total order will be donated to the E. John Gavras Center to support our continued partnership with the Dolly Parton Imagination Library.

Where? Chili’s Fingerlakes Crossing, 1624 Clark Street Road, Auburn, NY 13021
When? … June 18th, 2019 from 4:00 - 11:00pm


The E. John Gavras Center Has Expanded!

Nearly three years and $1.8 million later, we are celebrating the progress of our expansion project. 

The ribbon-cutting ceremony highlighted improvement, including a larger motor skills area, additional classrooms and a new playground. Some aspects of the project were cosmetic. The front of the building has new signage, and landscaping work improved the South Street property's appearance. Click here for images and more details regarding this project.

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Parents, Share your voice … What do you think about early child care and education in NYS? 

You have the opportunity to be involved in the first ever full NEEDS ASSESSMENT of the birth to 5 system in NY.  We need your honest answers to conduct this survey. All participants will be entered into a drawing to receive a $100 gift card! 

The survey (quick, easy, and confidential) may take up to 20 minutes to complete, and must be completed in one sitting. 

PLEASE CLICK HERE for more information and to access the survey.


Serve with Liberty and the E. John Gavras Center

Many thanks to LibertyMutual for their continued help and support in sending out crews to the E. John Gavras Center during their two weeks of Serve With Liberty. We have been fortunate recipients of their work for the past several years and encourage you to stop by to check out the amazing results!


Preschool Sensory Garden

The E. John Gavras Center would like to thank A.C. Scapes LLC for the design and coordination help.  Delta Chi Fraternity from Hobart William Smith College along with our board members, staff and family volunteers had a great time building the Preschool Sensory Garden.  This garden is designed to provide different colors along with various tactile experiences to our preschool children. The amazing sensory garden runs along our preschool bike trail and we highly encourage you to come by to check it out!


Keep an eye on your mailbox! These will be showing up in the next few days. Any amount will help toward completing our Preschool expansion project and will surely brighten the educational experiences of the children enrolled. We cannot thank the community enough for their generosity and support throughout the years as well as currently. We strive to make a difference in the lives of those we provide services to, and because of you, we work to continue to do so!