Exceptional Children's Foundation (ECF)

Rating: 4.94 stars   34 reviews

Issues: Disabilities, Human Services

Location: 8740 Washingtion Blvd Culver City CA 90230 USA

Mission: Our 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.
Results: In the last year, ECF made a tremendous impact in our community by: • Serving more than 3,700 children and adults and their family members • Making 26,952 home visits for families with young children with developmental delays • Finding jobs for 101 adult clients with special needs • Delivering 22,456 hours of job coaching to adult clients working in community jobs • Graduating 13 “at-risk” teens from our Kayne Eras Center's high school • Maintaining best practices by securing reputable licensing and accreditation including accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) and the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF)
Target demographics: children and adults with special needs
Direct beneficiaries per year: 3,700 children and adults with special needs and their families
Geographic areas served: Los Angeles County
Programs: Early Start Kayne Eras Center (K-12 School) Art Centers Developmental Activity Centers Work Activity Programs Supported Employment Program Residential Services

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Rating: 5 stars  

ECF Is a wonderful organization that has been serving the Los Angeles community since 1946. Over the years ECF has grown to become a leading provider of high quality services and programs aimed at helping young children, students and adults with developmental disabilities. ECF is committed to helping its clients live up to their greatest and fullest potential. Additionally, ECF works with the families of its clients stay informed and supported. Behind this terrific organization is a team of warm and dedicated professionals who are constantly striving to better their clients' lives.

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2015

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Our company has been associated with ECF for just over a year and the support we've received has been outstanding. We started with three individuals to assist us with our records reduction effort and have since expanded the program to include four more individuals to provide support in other areas.

The ECF team listened to and made sure they understood our needs, and then provided us with very good matches to our demands. As a result, our company is exploring other areas where the ECF team can provide assistance.

Our company is proud to be able to support ECF and their mission of providing meaningful employment opportunities for the people that utilize ECF’s services.

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ECF is focused on the entire lifespan of their clients, providing services for people with developmental disabilities from young children to school age to adult. There’s a commitment to maintaining relationships with families and to educating the community that contributes to the successful integration of their clients into the community. And they are looking to future, adjusting to changes in society and new trends in services.

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Our company has been donating food and toys and adopting families for the holidays over the past few years for the Early Start Program. It is more than just collecting and dropping off - we feel connected to the children and the families. The social workers and teachers keep us in the loop, the families create beautiful thank you notes with personal artwork. You know that what you are doing is directly helping a family in need. The personal impact is incredible.

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The Michelson Twenty Million Minds Foundation (20MM) is working with The Exceptional Children's Foundation (ECF) to implement an innovative pilot program that brings coding to high school students with special needs through The Kayne Eras Coding Academy. Collaborating with their passionate, highly responsive, and knowledgeable team has been a key factor in the successful implementation of the pilot thus far. We are confident that ECF's commitment to favorable student outcomes and quality programming will help support the success of this pilot. ECF's unrivaled dedication to positively impacting students with special needs is truly admirable, and we hope to continue working with them to achieve this mission.

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It's an honor to work with the ECF. Their staff is very committed and passionate. When I first learned about all they do for children and adults with special needs, I was blown away. They offer so many unique services and opportunities that encourage independence and promote self-esteem. I've met a few of the artists in the ECF art program; their sense of pride and accomplishment in their work is inspiring; the art they are creating is museum quality. During a quick tour of their facility, I immediately realized how important this organization is in the community and to the families and clients they serve.

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The first time I walked into the Exceptional Children's Foundation, I knew it was a special place. It was filled with very focused, productive people packaging and assembling things; they were really enjoying what they were doing. I was blown away to learn that this was just one of many programs offered to children and adults with developmental disabilities. From their art program to their school, it is not difficult to understand how this organization is impacting the lives of the clients they serve.

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How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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I am the editor for Culver CIty News and for the past year I have had the privilege of covering some of the events and work that this great nonprofit engages in and it is amazing. The impact that ECF has on children, adults and families is priceless.

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I had the opportunity to visit ECF's Downtown Art Center recently, and was just blown away by the work that they are doing. Along with the excellent work they do supporting kids and adults with intellectual disabilities, ECF is a model for other non-profits in terms of connecting with the broader community and transforming the way in which people perceive those populations. People often ascribe limits to folks with intellectual disabilities that just aren't necessarily true or real. A single visit to the art center taught me that. I hope other organizations copy them!

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The services provided by Exceptional Children's Foundation are invaluable to the clients it serves. It provides the opportunity for individuals with disabilities to live live fulfilled, and often independent, lives.

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ECF is amazing! The opportunities they provide for children and adults are life changing. The success stories of their clients are truly inspirational. I am honored to work with such a fantastic organization!

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