Kayne Eras Center
In July 2008, the Kayne Eras Center merged with the Exceptional Children's Foundation, creating the only agency in Southern California that provides a continuum of services to individuals with disabilities from birth through adulthood.
During the late 1970s, Barbara Cull, an educator and mother of a special needs child, became frustrated and discouraged by the inability of the public school system to adequately assist her child. She knew that other parents faced the same difficulties and that most parents, not having her background in education, were even more baffled. By 1980, Ms. Cull had officially started the Educational Resource and Services Center (ERAS) as a non-profit organization designed to holistically meet the wide range of needs of children with learning and developmental disabilities and their families.
Building on her knowledge of education, Ms. Cull developed a replicable, multi-disciplinary educational model that stressed:
The Kayne Eras Center quickly established itself as a pioneer in the special education field. It grew from a small operation serving six children to a large multi-service center now serving over 550 children, youth and adults each year through its individualized educational programs.
Throughout its history the Center has documented and then disseminated its successful ERAS model approach to serving individuals with learning and developmental disabilities to communities and organizations around the country. It has been recognized as a “best practices” model by President Bill Clinton, the Los Angeles MEGA-Cities Project, Teach for America and LEARN, the Los Angeles Unified School District’s restructuring effort.
In 2000, after years of operating out of rented storefront properties, the Center achieved a long-time dream of moving into a new facility with expanded services throughout, significantly increasing capacity. To honor the generosity of the Kayne families in helping achieve this goal, the organization’s name was changed to the Kayne Eras Center.
Today, Kayne Eras Center’s 250-member staff includes a range of ethnically diverse credentialed professionals with a variety of specializations including school and clinical psychology, marriage and family therapy, psychiatric social work, speech and language pathology, special education, early childhood special education, occupational therapy, music and art therapy and behavioral intervention. Kayne Eras Center is a nationally-recognized institution whose focus is on creating and disseminating new educational and service paradigms that ensure access to economic, social and political systems for all children, youth and adults with special needs.
To view the 2010-2011 Kayne Eras Center 'School Accountability Report Card' (SARC), please click HERE.
Kayne Eras Center is located at 5350 Machado Road, Culver City, CA 90230