About Us

Exceptional Children's Foundation is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to serving children and adults with developmental and other disabilities to enable them to reach their greatest potential. ECF was founded in 1946 by a concerned group of parents determined to meet the needs of their developmentally disabled children.

From 16 sites in communities throughout Los Angeles County, ECF offers established programs in Early Start, Kayne Eras K-12 school, Fine Arts, Developmental Activity, Residential Living, Independent Living Skills, Work Training, and Supported Employment, reaching 2,600 children and adults with mental retardation, cerebral palsy, epilepsy, autism, acquired brain injuries, and related conditions.

Over the years, ECF has developed into a comprehensive education, rehabilitation, social service, and advocacy agency that provides a broad range of innovative services to assist the developmentally disabled a chance to enjoy life at their fullest.


The Exceptional Children's Foundation (ECF) envisions a society in which all people with developmental, learning and emotional disabilities are valued and integrated in work, educational, social and residential settings.


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.

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