Exceptional Children's Foundation


Organizations - Non Profit

About Us

ECF was founded in 1946 by a group of parents and community activists who sought to establish a day training program as an alternative to institutional care for individuals with developmental disabilities. Over the years, ECF’s services expanded to meet the changing needs of its target population. The agency successfully developed and implemented early intervention programs for infants and toddlers, as well as residential, work and day programs for adults. In 2008, ECF merged with Kayne Eras Center (KEC), adding a K-12 school and a comprehensive Mental Health Program to its services.

Today, with an annual operating budget of $28 million and 375 staff, ECF serves approximately 5,000 children, adults, and their families at 15 ECF service sites, in clients’ homes, and in community settings throughout L.A. County.

ECF’s Mission – The mission of ECF is to provide the highest quality services for children and adults who are challenged with developmental, learning, and emotional barriers -- empowering them to reach their greatest potential.

ECF’s Vision – ECF envisions a society in which all people with special needs are valued and integrated into educational, social, work, and residential settings.