Preschools in the Auburn Enlarged City School District

Cayuga Community College Preschool Child Care Center
Cayuga Community College
197 Franklin Street
Auburn, NY 13021
Kimberly Cuipylo, Director
* Offers both 3PK & UPK

The Cayuga Community College Childcare Center is one of the first programs in the country to earn the mark of quality represented by the National Association for the Education of Young Children Accreditation system. The center strives to create a caring community in which adults support early learners by providing opportunities for emotional, social, cognitive, linguistic, and physical development. The program is committed to encourage and support each child and their family as an “Extended Family” concept. The full-day 3PK/UPK program hours are 9:00AM to 2:00PM. We also provide before and after care between the hours of 6:00AM to 5:30PM, based upon availability. Website:

Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES
1879 W. Genesee Street Road
Auburn, New York
Rachel Nachtrieb, Director
* Offers both 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. 205
Anne Napper, HS Director
* Offers both 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.  Website:  http://www.CSCAA.COM

E. John Gavras Center
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182 North Street
Auburn, NY 13021
Kenneth Ward, Principal of Educational Services 
* Offers both 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’ssuccess. We practice diverse teaching strategies that target the strengths and learning styles of each child, with or without an IEP. All classrooms are integrated with special needs children. The classroom teams work closely onsite with their professional support services (speech, occupational and physical therapists) team members in curriculum planning and program enhancements. The integrated classroom settings provide many peer learning experiences. Gavras Center preschool uses the Auburn UPK curriculum My Math and SuperKids. Our approach to teaching is both meaningful and fun; your child will learn & grow in our program! The pre-school provides a spacious outdoor playground, plenty of available parking with easy access to the building, a school nurse onsite and a security system in place during school hours. Visit our website to view preschool video and brochure.  Website:

Early Childhood Center
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77 Metcalf Drive
Auburn, NY 13021
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
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6734 Pine Ridge Road
Auburn, NY 13021
Mr. Paul Ciras, Head of School
* Offers both 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.  Website:

St. Joseph Preschool
89 East Genesee Street
Auburn, NY 13021
Principal: Michael Carney

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.
        • Three hour sessions 8:30AM to 11:30AM
        • Three year olds (Tuesday and Thursday)
        • Four/five year olds ( Monday, Wednesday and Friday)
        • Four/five year olds (Monday thru Friday)

Westminster Nursery School
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17 Williams Street
Auburn, NY 13021
Tracy Blair, Director
* Offers Half Day UPK

Westminster Nursery  School is dedicated to providing a  quality  preschool  experience  where  your  child  can develop in an atmosphere of  caring and compassion with a  curriculum   grounded  in  ethical  values  and  positive character  growth.   We  will  work  to develop the  socio- emotional,  cognitive  and  physical  skills  necessary  for your  child  to  begin  his  or  her  academic  career,  placing special  emphasis  on  literacy  and  learning  readiness. Program hours are mornings from 8:45AM to 11:30AM. Website:

YMCA Preschool
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27 Williams Street
Auburn, NY 13021
315-253-5304, Ext 113
Betsy DeGroff, Director
* Offers both 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.   The well-rounded traditional  preschool   curriculum  is  enhanced  by weekly swim and gym classes.   Program hours are 9:00AM to 2:00PM Monday through Friday for our full-day 3PK and UPK classes. Our half-day 3PK class runs from 9:00AM to 11:30AM. An afternoon half-day 3PK class may be scheduled, dependent upon demand. We have care available from 7:00AM to 9:00AM or 2:00PM to 5:00PM if needed.