Exceptional Children’s Foundation Receives Grant from the Alcoa Foundation

Culver City, CA (August 3, 2015) – Exceptional Children’s Foundation (ECF) is pleased to announce the award of a grant from the Alcoa Foundation. This grant for the ECF Kayne Eras Center School will support the work of the Kayne Eras Coding Academy, which teaches basic programming and computer science principles to ninth and tenth grade students with special needs. The grant also supports the Alcoa Foundation’s efforts to develop the next generation of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) professionals.

“Since technology is a way for many young people to become more engaged with learning and interacting with their peers, we look forward to expanding our coding program to the tenth grade and are very grateful to the Alcoa Foundation for this gift,” said Scott Bowling, President and CEO of the Exceptional Children’s Foundation.

“On behalf of Alcoa Foundation, we are so pleased to award this grant to the Coding Academy at the ECF Kayne Eras Center School, since we think that STEM education and training provide critical skills to prepare young people for the workforce,” explained Sarena Frank of Alcoa AFSR Carson aerospace fasteners operations.

Alcoa is a global leader in lightweight metals technology, engineering, and manufacturing, and the Alcoa Foundation is one of the largest corporate foundations in the United States. Founded 63 years ago, the Alcoa Foundation has invested more than $615 million. In 2014, Alcoa Foundation contributed more than $22 million to nonprofit organizations throughout the world, building innovative partnerships to improve the environment and educate tomorrow’s leaders for careers in manufacturing and engineering. The work of the Alcoa Foundation is further enhanced by Alcoa’s thousands of employee volunteers who share their time and talents to make a difference in the communities where Alcoa operates. In 2014, through the company’s signature Month of Service program, 58 percent of Alcoa employees took part in more than 1,000 events across 24 countries, benefiting more than 700,000 people and 500 nonprofit organizations. For more information, visit www.alcoafoundation.com.

About Exceptional Children’s Foundation
Exceptional Children’s Foundation (ECF) provides the highest quality services for children and adults who are challenged with developmental, learning and emotional disabilities – empowering them to reach their greatest potential. Each year, ECF serves more than 3,700 clients and their families at 15 program sites, in clients’ homes, and in community settings throughout Los Angeles County. Established in 1946, ECF is the only organization of its kind in California to provide a lifespan of services for children and adults with developmental disabilities. To learn more, visit www.ECF.net and connect on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ConnectwithECF.

Exceptional Children’s Foundation Receives Grant from QueensCare

Culver City, CA (August 3, 2015) – Exceptional Children’s Foundation (ECF) is pleased to announce the award of a grant from QueensCare. This grant will provide early intervention and family support services to young children with developmental disabilities and delays in our Early Start Program.

ECF’s Early Start Program was one of the first early intervention programs for young children in Los Angeles and has helped multiple generations of children maximize their development over the past 43 years. The program serves very young children from birth up to age three, a critical developmental window. A variety of Early Start therapies and structured activities helps young children develop language and social skills as well as physical strength and capability. The program also teaches family members how to manage behavior and support each child’s growth at home.

“ECF is very grateful for the partnership and support of QueensCare. This generous grant will help us to assist children with special needs so that they can achieve key developmental milestones. Our goal is to help Early Start Program participants grow into healthy children who can succeed in school and in life,” said Scott Bowling, President and CEO of ECF.

“QueensCare is happy to support the health needs of the children in the Early Start program and further ECF’s goal of providing much needed child development resources to Angelenos,” said Barbara B. Hines, President and CEO of QueensCare.

QueensCare is a public charity that strives to provide, directly and with others, accessible healthcare for uninsured and low-income individuals and families residing in Los Angeles County. QueensCare not only operates its own healthcare programs, providing services directly to Los Angeles residents, but also awards grants through its Charitable Division to supplement the healthcare services it provides directly. Learn more at www.queenscare.org.

About Exceptional Children’s Foundation
Exceptional Children’s Foundation (ECF) provides the highest quality services for children and adults who are challenged with developmental, learning and emotional disabilities – empowering them to reach their greatest potential. Each year, ECF serves more than 3,700 clients and their families at 15 program sites, in clients’ homes, and in community settings throughout Los Angeles County. Established in 1946, ECF is the only organization of its kind in California to provide a lifespan of services for children and adults with developmental disabilities. To learn more, visit www.ECF.net and connect on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ConnectwithECF.

Exceptional Children’s Foundation Receives Grant from the Rotary Club of Beverly Hills

Culver City, CA (August 3, 2015) – Exceptional Children’s Foundation (ECF) is pleased to announce the award of a grant from the Rotary Club of Beverly Hills to support the ECF Kayne Eras School. This grant will help provide comprehensive educational, therapeutic, and enrichment programs for K-12 students with special needs to manage their challenges and meet their goals.

“ECF is grateful to the members of the Rotary Club of Beverly Hills for their commitment to the community. This grant will help ensure that students who need individualized attention due to disabilities or learning differences receive a range of services to help them thrive,” said Scott Bowling, President and CEO of ECF.

“The Rotary Club of Beverly Hills is honored to support the ECF Kayne Eras Center School because one of our areas of focus is supporting education. We look forward to learning about the futures of Kayne Eras students once they graduate,” said Alissa Roston, President of Rotary Club of Beverly Hills.

The Rotary Club of Beverly Hills (http://www.bhrotary.org) comprises a diverse group of professional leaders that take an active role in the community while greatly enriching their personal lives. The objective of Rotary is to encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise. In that spirit, the Beverly Hills Rotary Community Foundation has supported activities that benefit the greater Los Angeles community since 1923. Learn more about the Beverly Hills Rotary Community Foundation at http://portal.clubrunner.ca/2506/Page/our-foundation.

About Exceptional Children’s Foundation
Exceptional Children’s Foundation (ECF) provides the highest quality services for children and adults who are challenged with developmental, learning and emotional disabilities – empowering them to reach their greatest potential. Each year, ECF serves more than 3,700 clients and their families at 15 program sites, in clients’ homes, and in community settings throughout Los Angeles County. Established in 1946, ECF is the only organization of its kind in California to provide a lifespan of services for children and adults with developmental disabilities. To learn more, visit www.ECF.net and connect on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ConnectwithECF.