For Parents

Is your child suffering from emotional troubles and struggling in school? Does your child have the following concerns?

  • Anxiety
  • Low self-esteem
  • Difficulty coping with past trauma
  • Disruptive behavior and trouble getting along with others

Let us help your child

We are a private, nonprofit, nondenominational 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.

In a therapeutic environment, we provide therapeutic and educational services to children ages 5 – 14 in Kindergarten through 8th grade.

The Center partners with the schools systems throughout the D.C. metropolitan area to provide special education services and intensive therapeutic treatment. The school systems include the District of Columbia, Montgomery County and Prince George’s County in Maryland, and the City of Alexandria, Arlington County and Fairfax County in Virginia and other neighboring communities.

Our Approach

Individualized attention for your child. Education and therapy programs and services are tailored to your child’s needs.

Safe therapeutic environment. Our beautiful northwest D.C. campus offers a safe and secure facility for your child. Our campus and facilities support our holistic therapeutic approach to treatment and education. We incorporate multiple approaches and modalities to reach your child and help them become their best possible selves.

Support for you. Our dedicated staff is available to speak with you, and support you in helping your child. We recognize the value of family involvement. We provide multiple opportunities to engage parents in the educational and therapeutic processes.

Frequent updates on your child. Our therapists and teachers contact parents to provide progress reports and offer tips on working with your child at home.

“Frederick Douglass said it is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men. Our philosophy and approach is strengths-based and children first.”

– Dodd White, Executive Director

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We use Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports. Learn more

 Our mission and values

“My child thrived with the structure and individualized approach to education, and is now a successful college student. That success is due in part to the extent of academic and emotional preparation in the elementary years spent at the Episcopal Center for Children.”

– Olympia DeRosa, parent of ECC alumnus

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