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:

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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

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

ECF has been recognized as a 2014 Top-Rated Nonprofit. Click here to learn more.

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

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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