Special Education & Treatment for Children

We are a private, nonprofit, non-denominational day treatment facility for emotionally challenged children and their families from the greater Washington D.C. metropolitan area.

Our program teaches and enables children to return to the public school system and the community, as well as re-engage with their families, while building a positive future for themselves.

We are approved by the District of Columbia Office of the State Superintendent of Education to serve up to 62 students in grades K-8, ages 5-14.

Our nonpublic special education program is approved to serve students with the following disabilities:

  • Emotional Disturbance (ED)
  • Multiple Disabilities (MD)
  • Speech or Language Impairment (SLI)
  • Other Health Impairment (OHI)
  • Specific Learning Disability (SLD)

Experienced, licensed educators at The Episcopal Center for Children offer targeted academic support and interventions to meet each student where they are in learning.

therapy-smEach student is administered assessments in reading, math, and writing in reading, math, and writing in order to determine their present ability levels to allow teachers to present material the student can access and understand.

Small class sizes, with a maximum of five students per teacher, allow for differentiated lesson plans and instruction that encourage students to fully participate in learning.

The general education setting can be overwhelming, frustrating, or socially challenging for some students. Episcopal Center alleviates these concerns by fully integrating social-emotional support and positive behavior interventions into the classroom. Students are provided the customized instruction and behavior support needed for them to realize their full academic potential. Learning becomes manageable (and even fun!) when students are able to grow and thrive in the classroom in ways that build self-confidence and self-esteem.

Episcopal Center classrooms incorporate all core academic subjects – Language Arts, Math, Social Studies, and Science – using data-driven teaching methodologies such as literature circles, readers’ theater, writers’ workshop, hands-on math, and experiential learning. Teachers also integrate technology into classroom instruction, and use educational technology to support students’ math, reading, and computer skills. For students requiring more intensive interventions, The Center provides individualized math and reading instruction to build foundational skills and address specific learning difficulties.


Our curriculum aligns with the Common Core State Standards of Maryland and D.C., as well as the Virginia Standards of Learning, and is implemented through strategies that directly address students’ IEP goals. Students who have not been able to succeed in their public school setting find the specialized instruction and support they need to excel at ECC.

Positive Behavior Interventions & Supports

The Episcopal Center for Children (ECC) believes everyone deserves a safe, supportive, and positive learning environment. A major initiative at ECC is Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS). PBIS is a proactive approach to establishing the behavior supports and school culture needed for all students to achieve social, emotional, and academic success. This school-wide approach includes proactive strategies for teaching appropriate behaviors and providing opportunities for new learning to occur. ECC’s three-tiered prevention model requires that all children receive supports at Tier I. Tier I is a school-wide system for all students, staff and settings encompassing our three core values: safety; respect, and responsibility. If children are not responsive to the Tier I/Universal Interventions, more intensive behavioral supports are provided through utilization of the interventions within Tier II or Tier III. We also use a School Wide Information System (SWIS) which is a web based program that helps us collect and summarize our data on students’ behaviors and office referrals. This program allows us to track behaviors across multiple settings and helps us recognize trends in behaviors either individually or program-wide. We then respond to these trends in a timely fashion to help students achieve their social, emotional and academic goals. At ECC, we believe Every Child Can be productive, be successful, and become their best possible selves.


Our Program is designed for emotionally troubled children ages 5-14 (K-8). The 11-month program runs from right after Labor Day to the last Friday in July and includes the following:

  • Individual and group therapy
  • Individualized special education services
  • Therapeutic child counseling
  • Art therapy
  • Music therapy
  • Occupational therapy and evaluation
  • Speech & language therapy
  • Skills building and anger management
  • Therapeutic recreation
  • Physical education
  • Family therapy and counseling
  • Psychiatric evaluation
  • Psychological evaluation
  • Educational testing
  • Psychopharmacology (psychiatric medication management). This service is provided to help determine and maintain the most effective medication therapy for your child.

For more information please call Stefanie Nash, Director of Clinical Services at (202) 363-1333 (between 9am-5pm Monday through Friday) or email her at Admissions@ECCofDC.org