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 over 3,200 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:

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

Our Spring 2014 newsletter is online now!

ECF announces the appointment of William Basel and Chell Chelliah to the Board of Directors. Click here to read more.

ECF's Downtown Art Center (DAC) Gallery has moved to a new location in Downtown Los Angeles. Click here for details for the Open House on May 16 from 12noon to 2pm.

ECF's 32nd Annual "First Ever" Golf Benefit will take place on September 19 in Malibu. Click here for details.

ECF recently received a generous grant from SHARE, Inc. This grant will support the objectives of ECF's Early Start program so that infants and toddlers with special needs can work toward and reach important developmental milestones. Click here for more information.

ECF's Marketing Director Debbie Laskey writes a blog with commentary on marketing, social media, and leadership, and ECF is proud to announce that Debbie's blog has been recognized as one of the Top 100 Most Socially-Shared Leadership Blogs. Click here for the full list. 

ECF recently received a generous grant from TechFoundation, Inc. to help upgrade our technological infrastructure. Due to the depressed economy, ECF has focused our resources on maintaining the direct services we provide to clients; however, the aging of our IT systems has become a growing concern. TechFoundation funding allows us to purchase new computer workstations for staff to use in order to serve clients more effectively. Click here for more information. 

Read our 2013 Annual Report

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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