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Exceptional Children's Foundation

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Developmentally Disabled Centers, Disabilities, Human Services

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: During ECF's 70 year service history, we have provided services and supports to thousands of young children, students and adults living with special needs, and in many cases their family members as well. From 2015-2016 alone, ECF programs provided tens of thousands of hours on home visits for families with infants and toddlers with developmental delays; speech, occupational and physical therapy; K-12 school instruction; individual and family therapy; field trips for adults with developmental disabilities; fine arts training; employment search and placement services; and independent living training. ECF currently operates 15 program sites across Los Angeles county, where individuals with special needs can find opportunities for learning, working and living as independently as possible.

Target demographics: children and adults with special needs

Direct beneficiaries per year: 3,600 children and adults with special needs and their families

Geographic areas served: Los Angeles County

Programs: Early Start Kayne Eras Center (K-12 School & Mental Health Services) Art Centers Developmental Activity Centers Work Activity Programs Supported Employment Program Residential Services

Community Stories

68 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

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Donor

Rating: 5

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.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I feel privileged to be part of an organization that provides truly exceptional services to children, and adults with special needs.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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!

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Advisor

Rating: 5

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!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

ECF provides exceptional services and fosters a creative environment that promotes self advocacy, self discovery and positive self esteem.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

An amazing place for talented artists who get to work all day on their art!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

ECF is a wonderful organization and helps thousands of clients every day!