Exceptional Children’s Foundation

ECF was founded in 1946 by a group of parents and community activists who sought to establish a day training program as an alternative to institutional care for individuals with developmental disabilities. Over the years, ECF’s services expanded to meet the changing needs of its target population, successfully developing and implementing early intervention programs for infants and toddlers, as well as residential, work and day programs for adults. In 2008, ECF merged with Kayne Eras Center (KEC), adding a K‐12 school and a comprehensive Mental Health Program to its services.

Today, with an annual operating budget of $27 million and 375 staff, ECF has become the only organization of its kind in California, offering a full continuum of lifespan services for children and adults with developmental disabilities and other special needs.

As a regional service provider, ECF currently supports approximately 4,000 children, adults, and their families at 15 service sites, in clients’ homes, and in community settings throughout L.A. County. We are dedicated to providing a lifetime of services for clients so that they can live as independently as possible, and with the right support, all of ECF’s clients are examples that anyone can grow and succeed.

ECF’s Mission is to provide the highest quality services for children and adults who are challenged with developmental, learning, and emotional disabilities — empowering them to reach their greatest potential.

ECF’s Vision is a society in which all people with developmental, learning, and emotional disabilities are valued and integrated in educational, social, work and residential settings.

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