History

The Developmental Center for Exceptional Children (DCEC) was founded in 1974 by Kristina Radcliff. Kristina saw a desperate need in her community and created DCEC to provide services to children often overlooked or ignored. In the days before children with special needs and disabilities received services in the public school system, DCEC provided care and instruction to children from birth to age thirteen. DCEC began in a small facility at First Baptist Church, Anderson and had several locations around the county, before settling in Anderson again in 1991.

Kristina saw a desperate need in her community and created DCEC to provide services to children often overlooked or ignored. As the school systems took on more services for children with special needs or disabilities, DCEC narrowed its scope of care to children from birth to five years old.

In 2009, DCEC lost its full funding from the state government through a series of state-wide budget cuts. Later that year, a partial amount of funding was reinstated, but it was not enough to maintain operations. DCEC then looked to its community and its supportive Circle of Friends and decided to register as a private non-profit organization August 1, 2010.

We now receive valuable support from a wide range of sources, including United Way, the Anderson County Council, state support, several grants, ABC Childcare, Special Needs Vouchers, Weekly Fees, and generous donations from the community.


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