I am honored to have only recently joined the ECF Board of Directors, and I have seen firsthand the excellent stewardship of resources, time and talent from ECF leadership and staff alike.
In this world busy with so many competing priorities and so many invitations and opportunities for action, I have to say it is immensely gratifying to support an organization like ECF.
With ongoing focus and heart on all levels, this nonprofit stays true to its longstanding mission to serve developmentally challenged youth and adult clients, and I appreciate its unwavering, energetic commitment. Kudos to the many ECF skilled professionals who help enrich the lives of so many!
I am a donor. I am so impressed with the organization— its longevity and the continued support of their staff and board members. The work ECF does is outstanding and far-reaching— they bring out the best in those that are too often ignored. They manage to not only help children, but to assist them in becoming independent adults and valuable members of their communities. The incredible staff, board, and infrastructure is what has made them successful all these years. Proud to be a part of their mission!
ECF has had a lasting, ongoing impact on my family throughout the majority of my life. My older sister, has autism, and has benefitted from the programs and services provided by ECF at various stages in her life, starting with an elementary school education that allowed her to work with educators who are interested in working specifically with her. Later in her life, as an adult, she has maintained a connection with ECF, taken part in the art program, and undergone job training with ECF. It's made me feel that she has a community that is inclusive, and that strives to create an environment in her best interests.
I am a member of our board of directors and joined it because of the spirit and dedication of the entire board, the administration, and particularly the enthusiasm of those we serve. I have toured our facilities and I’ve seen the work firsthand. It is inspiring and gratifying. ECF has the good fortune to have a president at the helm who is hands-on, dedicated and explores all opportunities open to ECF to fulfill its mission and expand its footprint into the community. despite the constant budgetary demands that are faced by all not for profits, ECF has effectively channeled its resources to provide the services needed to our ECF community.
I recently visited the Kayne Eras Center and it's such a wonderful, caring educational program. While I was there, I witnessed first hand the expertise and genuine care of the staff. A student was having an intense moment on the playground and she was clearly in distress. It was not evident what triggered it but she was very gently and thoughtfully surrounded by staff members speaking to her with respect and dignity; words of kindness and safety. You could see in their faces and body language such understanding and real concern for her. My heart went out to her. Our kids and community are so fortunate to have the wonderful staff at Kayne Eras Center.
As a previous Nutrition Director for the City of Culver City, had a privilege to work closely with an amazing group ECF to deliver meals to our home bound residents , Monday though Friday. The management, coaches were so professional, well skilled. they trained their workers very well , they were so cautious and follow the rules, and guidelines. Furthermore, they were so caring and having compassion for the seniors. It was such a great experience, and absolute pleasure to work wit them.
looking forward to working with them at my new position.
Exceptional Children's Foundation is one of the most caring, well organized organizations I have come across in decades. Their dedication to their students and employees and how they treat their board members, is well...exceptional. I can not say enough wonderful things about this organization.
My daughter Jessica Masser and I are self-defense instructors at the E.C.F. Kayne-Eras school in Culver City. We have been teaching our program BLOCKING THE PUNCHES for thirty-two years at various Eras sites. We have been given a wonderful opportunity to help our students learn new techniques to say safe such as abduction prevention, boundary exercises, finding a voice if one is verbally or physically abused, etc.
We appreciate the teachers, aides and staff as they are always helpful.
Having worked with ECF for over 15yrs, I can say without a doubt this non-profit is ran like a Swiss watch and never have I seen staff and executive management so dedicated to a wonderful cause. Thank you for everything you do, dedicating your precious time and offering something so indispensable and valuable for our community.
ECF is an amazing program with many enriching activities for the little ones. My son made progress when enrolled here. I love the staff. They are all dedicated, kind, hard working. They go above and beyond and are truly dedicated to helping the children and their families.
I've been connected with this agency for over 20 years, as a board member, committee chair, and board chair. I have been so impressed with the quality of care, the genuine attention to the special needs people served by the staff and their amazing CEO, with thousands served every year from infant to old age. Their clients and families feel blessed to have ECF available to them, and i understand why.
ECF does an incredible job providing a full spectrum of services to special needs individuals from childhood through adulthood, including a full K-12 school, arts programs, residential programs, and many others. The staff is experienced and highly committed to ECF's mission.
The Exceptional Children's Foundation has touches the lives of more than 4,000 yearly. It provides an entire lifespan of services of children and adults that are unsurpassed. From newborns to seniors, each is touched by the professor, dedicated and amazing group of professionals all dedicated to maximizing the potential for all ECF clients and families.
i have been associated with ECF since 1984 as a Board Member and Officer. I am proud to be part of an organization that continues to strive to meet is mission regardless of the cost. The services provided to its clients and families are paramount in every decision. The passion exuded by Staff, volunteers and the Board is evidenced everyday and can be seen in the annual surveys provided by service recipients and family members. ECF is so fortunate to have the best President and CEO in the industry who continues to push ECF through its innovative programs and staff to empower people with developmental disabilities to reach their greatest potential.
ECF is an amazing organization that provides services and resources for those with developmental disabilities through all stages of life. The entire organization is passionate about helping their clients and have consistently provided quality services year in and year out.
ECF has been transforming the lives of children and adults with developmental disabilities since 1946. Understanding that people with special needs have great capacity, ECF has evolved over the past 72 years to offer a comprehensive array of program and services that create opportunities for young children, students and adults - allowing them to explore their interests, pursue their dreams and reach their greatest potential.
A key feature of all services is the inclusion of family members and/or caregivers in order to provide them with the information and support they need to be the strongest supporters and advocates they can be for their loved ones. This partnership between staff, clients and family members truly empowers each of the 4,800 children and adults served by ECF each year.
ECF is wonderful organization! Their adult programs find meaningful ways to connect with the community and facilitate a variety professional development opportunities no matter one's ability.
ECF is a great organization dedicated to serving a population of individuals with a variety of services to support them with their individual needs. Thank you ECF!
The Exceptional Children's Foundation is always finding innovative ways to better serve their population. Whether it is innovative work training programs, programs aimed to expose participants to the community, or a diverse offering of unique programming, ECF uses a person centered approach in the services they offer.
Participants are happy. Families are happy. Circles of support are happy. Visit the Exceptional Building in Inglewood, CA. YOU will be happy.
As a Case Manager for Exceptional Children's Foundations Work Readiness Program I have been able to witness firsthand the positive impact ECF has on so many lives. I have been able to share with families moments of joy, moments of anxious optimism and together we have found ways to improve the lives of their loved ones seeking independence. My work has allowed me to share the love and care I have inside beyond my immediate family and to the participants I serve. My proudest moments (aside from making participants smile) are knowing I play a role in generating an environment where participants feel proud of the work they do and instilling within them a sense of excitement about what the future holds.
I smile to make the people I serve smile. I work to make sure the participants that want to work, work. I exist to make sure our Program participants know that they too can strive, and they too can achieve.
With new and innovative programs looming, Exceptional Children's Foundation will once again demonstrate why they are the service provider to choose now and in the future.
The Exceptional in Exceptional Children's Foundation is also for the work they do to support students and families. When you walk into ECF Kayne Eras, you get this overwhelming feeling of safety. The students are able to experience newly introduced concepts with the support and direction of caring staff. There is never a time that as a parent you don't worry about the well-being of your child. Knowing that there is someone that you can trust to support YOU as you navigate this world of being a parent of students with special needs means everything!
ECF is a wonderful organization. The program staff are dedicated professionals, most of whom are licensed or and credentialed. They work together to support clients of all ages who have developmental disabilities. They provide them with unique services to meet their individual needs, explore their interests creatively and professionally, and live as independently as possible.
The Exceptional Children's Foundation's staff show true passion. They motivate me to be a better person and make a difference in the world. The staff is dedicated and hard working. As someone who is new to the organization, I feel welcomed and inspired. ECF offers so many different programs from young children to adults. I would encourage anyone be apart of this organization.
As someone who has worked in-house and in partnership with nonprofits for over 20 years, I can share without hesitation that ECF is an effective and efficient organization that produces great results. Staff have an unparalleled combination of expertise and commitment, and leadership continuously demonstrate their commitment to both clients and communities where ECF operates. I highly recommend ECF to prospective donors and clients alike.
ECF is an established, ethical and entrepreneurial nonprofit. As both a nonprofit professional and a donor, I closely evaluate community-based organizations before I invest. While ECF has served people with special needs for over 70 years, staff and board members have developed innovative programs and strategies over the years – they don’t rest on their laurels, they are always creating new opportunities for participants and identifying new sources of revenue. I am always touched by how much staff in all roles care about participants, too.
I feel privileged to be part of an organization that provides truly exceptional services to children, and adults with special needs.
Exceptional Children's Foundation is THE GOLD STAR of organizations that provide services to children and adults with developmental disabilities. From little babies, to students, to adults, to artists - every client is a success story!
I've known Exceptional Children's Foundation (ECF) all my life - my mother made donations for a friend who's son was developmentally disabled. This amazing organization has been helping children and adults with special needs throughout their lifetimes for over 70 years. I'm both fortunate and proud to be a part of the ECF Family!
I work for ECF as an art instructor in San Pedro, California. Before ECF, I had never heard of a program that helps developmentally disabled artists create a name for themselves AND reap fifty percent of the profit from their work. Every day I am in awe by the creativity by these individuals, and they simply want to be heard. ECF offers that opportunity for them to have a voice through their artwork, and make life-long friendships with others. The ECF Art Center Program is only a fraction of the entire ECF umbrella, and I am proud to be a part of it.
The Exceptional Children's Foundation is a program that is able to implement a core value of Empowerment and Inclusion, which is being committed to providing the students and clients with the tools they need for self-determination and to make the best choices in their lives.
It’s such a great privilege to be a part of a program that continues to grow; instrumental in changing the lives of Children and Adults with developmental, learning and emotional Disabilities and making a difference in the communities.
ECF is a forward thinking organization. In the past several years they have significantly updated, re-designed, and developed new programs to meet the needs of children, teens, and adults with special needs and developmental disabilities.
Wonderful organization with caring, dedicated employees. ECF has many programs for children and adults. The Art Center programs are innovative, inspiration, and well-directed. Each Art Center program is attended by (and staffed by) very talented artists with a wide variety of interests and creative styles.
Inspiring! Motivating! A staff who cares about clients!
The only organization who supports the developmentally disabled population from birth to the end of life. Services for infants, a school for children, work activities for adults including art centers, supported employment, day center, community activities and residential homes. Behavioral health and mental health services are also provided.
Board members are actively engaged!
I am proud to be of service to this amazing organization.
Exceptional Children's Foundation, is a great non profit. They put the needs and well being of their clients above anything else.
Parents, schools, and referring agencies recognize the programs as premier providers for the excellence in services delivered to consumers.
I can attest that ECF, specifically at our Hyde location in Inglewood, goes above and beyond to elevate our participant’s soft skills so that they can seek employment in the future within the community. My name is Mark Anthony and Presently I am a Community Integration Instructor and our objective in the Accelerated Preparation Program (A P P) along with my manager and supervisor is to do exactly that. We presently talk about the Current Event News, write a summary, work on grammar and history as well as their math skills. Moreover we talk about how we can take care of ourselves and avoid being burned out. In addition, we go on community outings 3 times a week and explore our community. It can be from exploring the park for mental relaxation, researching items at grocery store, purchasing a stamp at the post office, doing an informational interview at a local nursery, interacting with the teller at a bank and many other activities.
From our receptionist, case managers, production managers, maintenance and marketing manager, directors, CEO’s, and others, we care. I will say if you are reading this and have an interest, I invite you to take a tour at our Hyde location to learn about our other services.
I have worked for many non-profits, most of which intend to do good things, but the administration loses sight of the 'vision'. ECF really does have a heartfelt and sincere desire to do what is best for both their staff and their clients. It is truly an Exceptional place to work
I have been working in the business of Social Service /Mental Health for 28 years and I have never worked for an agency where the staff is so dedicated to their work! It is a pleasure to come to work!
An amazing place for talented artists who get to work all day on their art!
At the ECF Early Start program in Los Angeles and in the San Fernando Valley, my social worker responsibilities help me help our youngest children with special needs plus their parents and siblings. I love my colleagues, my fellow social workers, our early childhood educators, occupational, physical and speech therapists! Great place to work; great families who really appreciate us.
Simply exceptional in many ways, the programs, the staff, the students, and the dedication combined with the vision, mission and passion, has created a revolution in serving people with special needs.
ECF is a well established organization with a very comprehensive amount of services and resources for those with developmental disabilities. All of the staff who I have encountered over the years were extremely caring and knowledgeable. The participants seem happy and well taken care of.
ECF is a wonderful organization and helps thousands of clients every day!
As someone with over 34 years of experience working with people with special needs, I have never worked for an agency more caring and dedicated to serving people with special needs.
I feel truly honored to be part of such an organization.
Exceptional Children's Foundation is a wonderful resource for children and adults with special needs, especially those who will need special support throughout their lives. Parents can feel confident that their children will receive quality care as they grow into adulthood and beyond, without having to worry about finding new programs as their children grow older. Over the years the programming has continued to broaden, especially for adults with special needs. ECF is a remarkable organization, and I am pleased to play a part in its continued evolution.
Exceptional Children's Foundation is a great and caring organization. They provide services for people with special needs/developmental disabilities from infancy to senior adulthood.
The Exceptional program offers specialized training programs and also work programs.
Exceptional Children's Foundation is truly a caring organization. They provide services for people with special needs/developmental disabilities from infancy to senior adulthood.
The Exceptional Works program offers specialized training programs and work opportunities throughout the Los Angeles community. The case managers and job coaches assist the person with developmental disabilities to "strive and thrive" within the workplace. What an "exceptional" service oriented agency! Thank you!
ECF Art Centers are an amazing resource for adults with developmental disabilities. The facilities are well stocked with a range of art supplies, the gallery is very professional, and the art teachers/mentors are so generous and patient in their guidance. The artists/clients are making extraordinary work in a supportive environment.
This non-profit organization provides so much for families here in the Los Angeles basin. There are early start programs for ages 0-3, a day school for ages 5-22 and lots of adult programs including art centers and living facilities. It is a great resource for those seeking educational therapy, counseling and metal health services as well.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
ECF is an amazing organization that helps to empower those in need and teaches how to contribute and "give back" to the community.
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!
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.
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!
With thousands of nonprofits in Los Angeles, it's hard to stand out. But ECF does. Whether it's a young child who learns how to communicate with parents or siblings, or a student who develops a passion for math after being afraid to open a math textbook, or an adult who finds a job and earns a paycheck for the first time, ECF's services and dedicated staff make a difference so that individuals with special needs of all ages are able to contribute to society.
While there are many nonprofits in the Southern California area, none matches the range of services offered by ECF. As a result of ECF's programs spanning childhood to adulthood, individuals with special needs are able to receive assistance so that they can accomplish their goals and contribute to society. ECF inspires me.
As a nonprofit professional who has relationships with many organizations, the Exceptional Children's Foundation stands out on numerous fronts. The commitment to mission, serving people with developmental disabilities throughout their life, is evident in every person I've interacted with within the organization. Backing up their passion to serve ECF's clients and clients' families, is the highly professional staff and leadership who use their expertise to expand their impact, broaden their reach, strengthen ECF from multiple organizational standpoints and share their institutional knowledge with other organizations trying to build healthier communities.
At the heart of Exceptional Children's Foundation is their exceptional leader Dr. Scott Bowling, who's creativity, vision, empathy and intelligence continues to lead this organizations to higher efficiencies while wholeheartedly supporting the programs ECF's clients have come to rely on.
As the Chairperson of the Culver City Chamber of Commerce Nonprofit Subcommittee, I am familiar with numerous nonprofit organizations. I've had the distinct pleasure of learning a significant amount about ECF and their innovative strategies for developing their organization. This organizational development has empowered ECF to tremendously impact the clients they serve and the families that care for those clients. Their programs offer opportunities for their developmentally disabled clients to pursue multiple educational, artistic, and employment opportunities. Additionally, they provide crucial life-skills education which allow their clients to be as autonomous and independent as they are capable of being, based on their individual abilities. Finally, ECF has openly shared their organizational knowledge and business acumen with other not-for-profit organizations within our subcommittee, helping to improve the sector that provides so much to so many.
Empowering and reclaiming precious & valuable lives -- this is what ECF accomplishes every day, with its enormous diversity of services for developmentally challenged children & adults. ECF provides so much to its consumers -- an awarding-winning K-12 school, early Head Start programs, art programs, supported employment, life skill coaching, housing -- but it also enriches the lives of its volunteers & donors by affording each of them the opportunity to work with extraordinary & dedicated staff and remarkable clients. I'm very proud to be associated with this outstanding organization.
I have known about ECF and its fine work with children and adults with developmental disabilities for over 20 years. The dedicated work of their direct care staff is well supported by extremely ethical, transparent, and fiscally responsible management across levels. They offer lifespan services for infants, toddlers, school-age children and youth, adults, and seniors with disabilities such as autism, Down syndrome, and developmental delays. Their high quality services include early intervention for infants and toddlers (home visits, Mommy and Me classes, and center-based programs), the Kayne Eras Center's WASC-accredited non-public school and supportive services for students in grades K-12, and a full range of services for adults with disabilities including day programs, nationally-recognized art centers, residential services, work activity centers, and supported employment. Exceptional Children's Foundation consistently keeps the people they serve at the very heart of their mission and their day-to-day work. They do, without question, live up to their name as exceptional.
They provide caring, supportive services to children and adults with intellectual disabilities.
ECF maintains the highest ethical standards. Always puts the needs of clients first.
I've known about ECF for more than 20 years and remain impressed by the level of consistency and excellence in their services to children and adults with developmental disabilities. In particular, the success stories that the organization shares with donors, families, supporters and friends of ECF offer moving proof as to the effectiveness of their programs.
We work with ECF as a professional vendor - they are exceptional by all accounts. Thoughtful, engaging, and committed to their work.
I've been an honored board member for 1 year, but have been affiliated with ECF for 3 plus years to date. To sum up the reason why I chose to be associated with ECF is because they live up to the word EXCEPTIONAL in all accepts of their organization. Dale Carnegie said, "If you want to be successful, surround yourself with successful people." I think it's safe to say you could replace success with Exceptional in this quote and get the same law of attraction affect. Thanks ECF for being Exceptional in my life and the lives of those you serve!
I've been associated with ECF for 3 years and was recently nominated to be on the board. In a short time I saw and experienced the outstanding leadership, services, fundraising and educational programs that changed lives one by one, I knew I had to get involved. I am excited to be a part of this extraordinary organization and look forward to being a part of their community impact.
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ECF has positively impacted so many peoples lives with their wonderful services that they offer. I truly believe that it is non-profits like ECF that make the world a better place to live. Keep up the good work!
Some of the art that I viewed during a tour of the ECF was well, exceptional, and only to be surpassed by the abundance of nurturing of creativity and expression under ECF's roof. Clearly a difference is being made.
EFC do an exceptional job servicing the disabled population of the greater Los Angeles area. Fantastic.