Exceptional Parents Unlimited provides over 900 cost-free services throughout the valley to children and families throughout the valley. EPU helps those with special needs enjoy successful and healthy lives at no cost to them. Here is one family's story.
Our son was born premature in the NICU and a lot of things happened that were very scary. EPU was the place that you could go for answers because you have so many questions and so many concerns. They're just giving us the tools to create a little boy and a happy environment for him. And they didn't ask for anything for it.
When I say you're my favorite thing, I say of all the things. Founded in 1976 and continuing strong to this day with community support, EPU Children's Center offers families in need extraordinary services, education, and maybe most importantly, support.
The Mission of EPU is to strengthen and empower underserved and high risk children and families facing extraordinary medical, developmental, and parenting challenges. Our Vision is that children grow up in families in which their individual needs are met; their parents are healthy, have confidence in themselves and their ability to meet the needs of all family members, and are empowered to be successful in life and in parenting. Core goals of EPU include:
There are five main program areas:
This is just a snapshot of the amazing work done by the EPU team. Our staff has the experience and passion to meet the vast and diverse needs within our communities focusing on underserved populations.
To ensure families feel safe, respected, and heard EPU is the "go-to" place that is effectively staffed with well-trained and highly qualified individuals that foster empathy, knowledge and understanding of child and family development. Today, 70% of children with delays go undetected until they reach kindergarten. Every year, 12,000 three-year-old's are missing from California's special education system based upon the historic data of the incidence of developmental and behavioral disorders in children. The programs at EPU, underscore the need for continued innovation and improvement in how we serve families and meet their needs. EPU continues to cultivate and lift up the voices and experiences of families facing extraordinary challenges and its family-centered and child-focused programming over the last four decades illustrates that the spirit and commitment to educating, supporting, serving and empowering families with young children is ever strong and remains undeterred. Difficult journeys should not be walked alone and here at EPU, we walk together with children and their families.