Welcome to ECF

In 1946, a group of parents, driven by a vision and love for their children who were born with developmental disabilities, created the Exceptional Children's Foundation (ECF). Since then, ECF has helped tens of thousands of children and adults with special needs live with dignity, self-respect and happiness.

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 provides programs and services to more than 3,700 infants, youths, adults and their families each year. Clients served include people with learning and emotional disabilities, mental retardation, cerebral palsy, epilepsy, autism and related conditions. ECF has 15 program sites located throughout Los Angeles County.


ECF is proud to display seals of approval and accreditation from the following agencies:

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GreatNonprofits is the leading provider of reviews and ratings of nonprofit organizations throughout the United States, and its review methodology takes into account the diversity of the nonprofit sector.

GuideStar publishes information on nonprofit organizations that advances transparency, enables donors to make better decisions and encourages charitable giving.

The Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF), a health and human services accreditor, promotes the quality, value, and optimal outcomes of services that center on enhancing the lives of the persons served.

The Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) recognizes schools that meet an acceptable level of quality in accordance with established, research-based criteria.

ECF News+Events

Governor Brown has appointed Scott Bowling, President and CEO of ECF, to the California Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS) for a four-year term. The mission of the BBS is to protect Californians by advocating for improved mental health services as well as determining and enforcing standards. Click here to read more.

Our Fall 2014 newsletter is online now.

ECF recently received a generous grant from The Thelma Pearl Howard Foundation to provide a variety of enrichment programs for students with special needs at ECF's Kayne Eras School. Click here for more information.

ECF's new Strategic Plan is now online. Read about our 2014-17 goals and objectives here.

ECF urges you to contact Dr. Santi Rogers, Director of the Department of Developmental Services for the State of California, to advocate for a 10% increase in the rates provided for agencies like ECF that provide services to people with developmental disabilities. Providers across California are struggling to meet the needs of Regional Center clients because of low reimbursement rates that were negotiated many years ago under different economic conditions. These rates do not sufficiently cover expenses to produce quality services. However, the proposed 10% rate adjustment will help service providers like ECF better meet their budgets while all stakeholders work together to address the long-term sustainability of services promised under the Lanterman Act, signed into law 45 years ago. Tell Dr. Rogers you support the 10% rate increase by email or phone: santi.rogers@dds.ca.gov and (916) 654-1897. On behalf of ECF and our partners, thank you. To learn more about the Lanterman Act, click here; and to read the letter ECF sent to Director Rogers, click here.

Art supplies for professional artists are available through the ECF Art Centers program, and sales support the program and adults with developmental disabilities. Click here to learn more.

ECF recently received a generous grant from The Eisner Foundation to provide educational and therapeutic services for students with special needs at ECF's Kayne Eras School. Click here for more information.

ECF was recently featured on NBC4 News - watch the segment here.

Read our 2013 Annual Report and 2014 Spring Newsletter.

ECF's CEO Scott Bowling shares three client success stories and other information about ECF in this new overview video produced by the Giving Library.

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