Our History

A Historical Timeline of Emory Valley Center

1955: A group of Oak Ridge and Clinton parents, wanting a better world for their disabled 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 EVC 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)

2015: Celebrated 60 years of Support and Services

2016: Employment and Community First Services Waiver Services began

2017: The Caldwell-Thompson Building Opens for Services


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

Emory Valley Center is funded through: Tennessee Department of Education, Tennessee Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, U.S. Department of Housing and Human Development, U.S. Department of Human Services, Division of Rehabilitative Services, Corporate and Individual Donations, Grants, Fundraising Events, United Way of Anderson County

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Emory Valley Center
715 Emory Valley Rd.
Oak Ridge, TN 37830