In 2015 we celebrate our 60th anniversary as a non-profit agency serving children and adults with disabilities in the East Tennessee area.

Our Mission:  To enhance the lives of children, adults and families in an environment that promotes independence, dignity and respect.

Emory Valley Center Values:


  Emory Valley Center will conduct business in an honest, straightforward, respectful and fair manner in all instances.


Emory Valley Center is committed to providing the best services possible to fulfill the agency’s mission.


Staff will celebrate and be proud of the accomplishments of those we support and of their own contributions to the team.


Emory Valley Center is committed to continuous improvement of services with ongoing goals maintaining the highest level of excellence in all that we do.


Emory Valley Center will conduct all operations in a culture of mutual respect.

Emory Valley Center is licensed by the Tennessee:
Department of Education
Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Department of Health

Emory Valley Center is funded through:
Tennessee Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
U.S. Department of Human Service Division of Rehabilitative Services
U.S. Department of Housing and Human Development
Tennessee Department of Education
United Way
Corporate and individual donations

Our History:

1955: A group of Oak Ridge and Clinton parents, wanting a better world for their handicapped children, chartered the Oak Ridge Council for Retarded Children (ORCRC) and started a school for intellectually disabled children in a metal barracks building donated by the Atomic Energy Commission (AEC).

1958-1959: ORCRC raised money for a new building and the AEC gave them 3 acres of land in 1958 for a school that was completed in 1959.

1961: The AEC donated seven more acres and the Daniel Arthur Rehabilitation Center (DARC) was started. This building was adjacent to the original Emory Valley School for Retarded Children and some of their functions were merged.

1966: As many of the students at DARC and the Emory Valley School became adults, additional services were added to emphasize vocational training.

1971: A new sheltered workshop was built on land donated by the City of Oak Ridge across the street from DARC. The center for adults was known as the Community Services for Exceptional Citizens (CSEC).

1973: The center began providing Residential Services.

1991: In January the name of the agency changed from CSEC to Emory Valley Center (EVC) and began providing Early Intervention Services

1995: EVC opened a satellite Day Program in Morgan County called the Advantage Center.

2010: Early Learning Center receives five year accreditation by the National Association for the Education for Young Children (NAEYC).

2012: Contracted with Managed Care Organizations (MCOs) to provide CHOICES services.

2014: Received four year accreditation by the Council on Quality and Leadership (CQL).