In 1946, a small group of parents in Los Angeles pooled their resources to create a daycare program for their children with developmental disabilities.
The Exceptional Children’s Foundation (ECF) has become a recognized innovator of services for young children, students, and adults with developmental, learning, and emotional disabilities; and ECF serves more than 3,500 young children, students, adults, and their families each year. ECF is the only organization of its kind in California, offering a full continuum of lifespan services for children and adults with developmental disabilities and other special needs.
Toddlers with complex diagnoses have developed language and social skills. Students in grades K-12 with learning, emotional, and behavioral challenges have learned how to study and learn and are now successfully attending two and four year colleges. Some of ECF’s adult clients live independently in their own apartments. Others hold jobs at local grocery stores, restaurants, and aerospace manufacturing plants. Many have produced artwork that graces the walls of business and national galleries.
ECF is dedicated to providing a lifetime of services for clients so that they can live as independently as possible, and with the right support, all of ECF’s clients are examples that anyone can grow and succeed.
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 envisions a society in which all people with developmental, learning, and emotional disabilities are valued and integrated in educational, social, work and residential settings.
ECF Core Values
We place the highest value on the people involved in our organization (students, consumers, clients, families, employees, volunteers, supporters, and friends). We respect and appreciate each person’s unique abilities and contributions.
We provide choices of progressive educational, therapeutic, employment, residential and community programs to our students, consumers and clients. We are committed to recruiting, developing and retaining professionals and volunteers who are highly skilled and possess the values consistent with those of ECF.
We provide services and conduct business with strict adherence to the highest values of society. We are committed to maintaining those high standards in all that we do.
Empowerment and Inclusion
We are committed to providing our students, consumers and clients the tools they need for self-determination and to make the best choices in their lives.
We honor and embrace our fiduciary responsibility to manage our resources efficiently and effectively, and to remain accountable.
Community Building and Advocacy
We are committed to educating and encouraging the general public and legislators to integrate and include people with developmental, learning and emotional disabilities in all aspects of community life. Our services and programs are designed to maximize choices and opportunities for the people we serve.
We are dedicated to offering a wide range of experiences and opportunities to encourage individuals to discover and develop their unique talents and abilities, understanding that each individual learns differently.