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Preschools in the Auburn Enlarged City School District

Cayuga Community College Preschool Child Care Center

Cayuga Community College
197 Franklin Street
Auburn, NY 13021

(315) 294-8603

Amanda Gould, Director

*Offers 3PK & UPK
The Cayuga Community College Childcare Center has earned their mark of high quality through accreditation by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and Quality Stars NY. The center strives to provide a supportive learning community where children engage in opportunities that allow for cognitive, social, emotional, physical, and linguistic growth on a daily basis. Our staff is highly dedicated to our program and committed to encouraging and supporting each child and their families. Come be a part of our “extended family!” Our full-day 3PK and UPK programs run from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. We offer wrap around care services starting at 6:00 a.m. and ending at 5:30 p.m. daily and care when school is not in session, but the center is open. 


Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES

1879 W. Genesee Street Road
Auburn, NY 13021

(315) 255-0075

Nancy Ukolowicz, Director

*Offers 3PK & UPK
The Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES is dedicated to providing a high quality, developmentally appropriate preschool program that educates the whole child (socially, emotionally, intellectually and physically). Our program provides an environment that embraces each child as an individual, focuses on strengths and provides support for emerging skills. The program’s goal is to help young children learn as much as possible in an atmosphere where each child feels secure, confident and free to explore and question, resulting in eager and involved learners. 3PK/UPK program hours are 9:00AM to 2:00PM. Breakfast and lunch is provided. Before and after care (wrap around) is available beginning at 6:45AM and concluding at 5:30PM.

Cayuga Seneca Community Action Agency (Head Start)

1 Brookfield Place
Auburn, NY 13021

(315) 252-0038, ext. 207

Anne Napper, Head Start Director

*Offers 3PK & UPK
The Cayuga/Seneca Community Action Agency, offers comprehensive services to young children and highly values the involvement of their families. The program’s School Readiness Goals are directly aligned with the New York Sate Pre-Kindergarten Learning Standards and NYS Early Learning Guidelines. Our curriculum approach is based on the belief that children learn best through active learning. Four site locations and varying class hours offer options for enrolling children and their families. Transportation is provided to those who meet the requirements.  

Website:  http://www.CSCAA.COM

E. John Gavras Center

182 North Street
Auburn, NY 13021

(315) 255-2746

Kenneth Ward, Principal of Educational Services

*Offers 3PK & UPK
The E. John Gavras Center Preschool works with every child to reach his or her potential. Our team of early childhood professionals is devoted to your child’s success. We practice diverse teaching strategies that target the strengths and learning styles of every student. Classrooms are integrated with both typically developing children and children with special needs. The classroom teams work closely with their professional support services (speech, occupational and physical therapists) in curriculum planning and program enhancements. Gavras Center Preschool uses the Auburn Preschool Curriculum. Our approach to teaching is both structured and fun; your child will learn & grow in our program! The preschool provides a spacious indoor and outdoor play area, a registered nurse onsite and access to therapeutic evaluations during the school hours. Visit our website for more information.


Early Childhood Center

1110 Corporate Dr.
Auburn, NY 13021

(315) 255-0233

Regina Carnicelli, Director

*Offers UPK
The Early Childhood Center is dedicated to providing our  community of children with a program designed  to develop a child’s academic, social, and emotional experiences through hands-on learning and activity exploration.  Children will be immersed in a learning environment that will develop their skills in language arts, math, science, music, social/emotional engagement, and so much more. The highly trained and educated staff members facilitate achievement of these skills and create learning opportunities for the children. The teachers are dedicated to the success of all children as they grow into their future as lifelong learners and explorers.  Children will experience a caring and compassionate  environment focused on individual needs and  experiences.  Program hours are 8:30AM to 1:30PM and lunch is provided. Before and after care is available at this site.

The Montessori School of the Finger Lakes

6734 Pine Ridge Road
Auburn, NY 13021

(315) 252-2225

Paul Ciras, Head of School

*Offers 3PK & UPK
The Montessori School of the Finger Lakes was founded in 1982 and is based upon the educational philosophy of Dr. Maria Montessori. Her development of educational materials and methods were based on her conviction that children learn best by doing. Her developmentally appropriate approach to learning is designed to fit each student’s personal strengths and challenges. According to Montessori Philosophy, each child must be allowed to work at his or her own level of ability. Math, language, sensory refinement, social studies/geography, “everyday living” skills, courtesy/character education, science, music, dramatic play, technology, and exploration of the environment are all explored through use of the hands and movement. Manipulatives and hands on materials are used to reinforce skills and expand upon student’s learning opportunities. Children will experience a caring, compassionate atmosphere where they are treated like family.  


St. Joseph Preschool

89 East Genesee Street
Auburn, NY 13021

(315) 253-8327

Mary Jo Keba, Principal
St. Joseph Preschool focuses on the world of three, four and five year old children. The program is designed to lead them from wonder to discovery and from investigation to affirmation. It provides the opportunity for all children to associate pleasure with learning so that each child feels good about herself or himself.
The goals of the program are to help each child build self-esteem, and provide meaningful and appropriate experiences. Lessons include development of age appropriate readiness skills and large and small motor skills. As part of St. Joseph School, the preschool students have the opportunity to share experiences with older children including Morning Program, reading buddies and physical education activities. The five day program provides a setting that enriches the readiness skills needed for Kindergarten for four and five year old children.
  • Flexible programming to meet families' needs
  • Full day and half-day options availiable for 3- and 4-year olds
  • Up to 5 days per week

YMCA Preschool

27 William Street
Auburn, NY 13021

(315) 253-5304, ext. 113

Betsy DeGroff, Director

*Offers 3PK & UPK
The YMCA Preschool combines both education and recreation for a stimulating preschool experience. Our highly qualified staff draw from the best practices in Early Childhood education to create a program that is fun and engaging for all children. Weekly swim, gym and music classes enhance the well-rounded traditional preschool curriculum. Program hours are 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Monday through Friday for our full-day 3PK and UPK classes. Our half-day 3PK class runs from 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. An afternoon half-day 3PK class may be scheduled, dependent upon demand. We have care available from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. or from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., if needed.

Superintendent: Jeffrey Pirozzolo
Phone: 315.255.8800
Address: 78 Thornton Avenue | Auburn, NY 13021