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Exceptional Children's Foundation Merger with Kayne Eras Center Creates One of State's Most Comprehensive Nonprofits Serving the Disabled
Date:9/10/2007

Expansion of Services Now Ranges From Birth Through Adulthood

CULVER CITY, Calif., Sept. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- The Exceptional Children's Foundation (ECF) announced today that it has merged with the Kayne Eras Center (KEC), creating one of California's largest and most unique nonprofit organizations serving children and adults with developmental, learning and emotional disabilities. As a result of the merger, ECF becomes the only organization of its kind in California able to provide a full continuum of services for disabled individuals, from birth through adulthood.

ECF has been serving newborns to 3-year-olds and adults in Los Angeles County for 62 years. KEC aids developmental, learning and emotionally challenged students in grades K-12, thus making this merger a natural combining of complementary services that annually serve more than 2,300 individuals and their families at 15 different sites throughout the county. Locations include Culver City, Whittier, Santa Fe Springs, Arleta, Reseda, Central Los Angeles, Lomita and San Pedro.

"By joining together we can provide a full spectrum of services to individuals with disabilities that begins at birth and continues throughout their lives," said ECF President and CEO Dr. Scott Bowling. "This seamless service continuum is critically important and will provide peace of mind for our clients and their families." Dr. Bowling has been named CEO and president of the newly merged organization.

In addition to providing the continuum of care for clients, Dr. Bowling says that the new organization will combine important "strategic and operational strengths" while achieving the "traditional economies of scale and scope that are realized through increased size and disciplined management." Through the merger ECF will double in size to $26 million in operating revenue and more than 400 employees.

"Joining forces with ECF presents a wonderfully unique opportunity to create a model organization th
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