The mission of the Elaine Clark Center is to enable children and young adults of all abilities to become confident and contributing citizens of the community through an innovative model of education, therapeutic play and experiential opportunity.
What We Do
The organization serves between 70 to 110 children and young adults with special needs. These individuals range in age from 6 weeks to age 25 with a variety of physical, behavioral and cognitive delays or impairments.
The Elaine Clark Center was incorporated as a nonprofit in 1969 in Atlanta, Georgia. In 1976, the organization moved to its current location at 5130 Peachtree Boulevard, Chamblee, Georgia.
In 2009, the Elaine Clark Center and another nonprofit educational center in Atlanta, Heart of Hope Academy, merged into one entity. In 2010, the Board of Directors of ECC embarked on a capital campaign to secure the funds necessary to expand the footprint of the existing structure. The purpose was to have an adequate facility and space to serve older school aged children and young adults as well as have classroom space for the Heart of Hope academy program.
Construction began in late 2016 and was completed in January 2018. With its completion, 21,000 square feet is now available to support the mission of the Elaine Clark Center for the next 50 years.