EIN 52-0886495

Council for Exceptional Children (CEC)

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The Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) is a professional association of educators dedicated to advancing the success of children with exceptionalities. They accomplish their mission through advocacy, standards, and professional development. CEC advocates for appropriate governmental policies, sets professional standards, provides professional development, advocates for individuals with exceptionalities, and helps professionals obtain conditions and resources necessary for effective practice.
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Program areas at CEC

Convention- Annual convention and expo provides members a forum to exchange the latest information on education and related advances and issues, expose members to new material and resources. Conference & Symposium held on timely topics.
Marketing and communications: This program provides leadership and direction in the areas of marketing, communications, and public relations and includes the promotion of publications, subscriptions, and convention registration. The marketing initiatives incorporate direct mail, email, online, and social media efforts to reach our targeted audiences and include marketing strategies that increase our outreach, opportunities, and potential.
Publications/continuing education - Training to assist special educators meet continuing education requirements and publications for use by professionals in the field.CEC provides a variety of publications for its members and the larger special education community to further the quality of instruction and services provided children and youth with exceptionalities and to reinforce the Council's reputation as a source of valued and trusted professional knowledge and information. These publications include curriculum products to products on instructional strategies, positive behavior management, diversity, assessment, resources for recognizing and nurturing talent, support for beginning professionals, early childhood education, transition, and public policy advances.
Membership services- Membership services includes the retention of current members and the recruitment of new members; management and maintenance of member records; membership subsidies for student, retired, life, and associate members; and member benefits, including six issues of TEACHING Exceptional Children, four issues of Exceptional Children, and Special Education Today (SET). Student support entails student awards, student activities at the convention, and resources for students and early career professionals.
Public policy: CEC works to improve public policy affecting children and youth with disabilities and gifts and talents, their parents and the professionals who work with them, at all levels of government. In advocating on behalf of children with exceptionalities, CEC examines policy issues, develops appropriate responses to those issues and influences federal legislation. CEC also monitors and makes recommendations for program regulations and funding. In addition, CEC maintains a network among its units for influencing policy. CEC is the recognized leader in advocacy for special education policy. CEC has a long history of success in impacting policy and legislation in the special education, gifted and talented and general education areas. CEC played a large part in developing the predecessor of today's IDEA, then known as the Education for All Handicapped Children Act of 1975 (PL 94-142). This law established the right to a free, appropriate public education for children with disabilities.
Constituent services: Includes expenditures for the Council's membership electronic newsletter; daily news updates; professional, student and Yes I Can awards; communications and public relations, and the Web site. Members stay abreast of current and emerging issues within the field and CEC through an electronic version of Special Education Today (SET). The awards program highlights the accomplishments of our teachers, prominent contributors to the field, and children and youth. Press relations and proactive public relations get CEC's positions and activities cited in broadcast and print media. The CEC Web site includes timely, relevant information, members-only content, and e-commerce capabilities enabling members and customers to renew and join, register for an event, or purchase products 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The Web site also includes online communities that will support member engagement and retention.
Professional standards: In 1922 the founders of CEC embraced professional standards and ethics for the field of special education. As the recognized leader for special education professional standards, CEC develops standards, ethics and practices and guidelines to assure that individuals with exceptionalities have well-prepared, career-oriented special educators. CEC collaborates with other professional organizations to ensure that all educators have a robust professional working environment and are well-prepared to support the learning of individuals with exceptionalities.

Who funds Council for Exceptional Children (CEC)

Grants from foundations and other nonprofits
Network for GoodUnrestricted$5,513

Personnel at CEC

Craig EvansChief Financial Officer$182,389
Chad RummelExecutive Director$233,464
Bradley DuncanDirector Professional Standards$102,028
Brannan MeyersDirector Component Services$107,451
Laurie Vanderploeg-AssociatePast Executive Director for Profesor Affairs$120,689
...and 13 more key personnel

Financials for CEC

RevenuesFYE 12/2022
Total grants, contributions, etc.$49,690
Program services$4,949,625
Investment income and dividends$21,252
Tax-exempt bond proceeds$0
Royalty revenue$201,049
Net rental income$0
Net gain from sale of non-inventory assets$5,022
Net income from fundraising events$0
Net income from gaming activities$0
Net income from sales of inventory$398,240
Miscellaneous revenues$223,120
Total revenues$5,847,998

Form 990s for CEC

Fiscal year endingDate received by IRSFormPDF link
2022-122023-06-13990View PDF
2021-122022-05-03990View PDF
2020-122021-05-26990View PDF
2019-122021-01-21990View PDF
2019-122020-10-09990View PDF
...and 10 more Form 990s
Data update history
July 23, 2023
Updated personnel
Identified 2 new personnel
June 13, 2023
Posted financials
Added Form 990 for fiscal year 2021
May 24, 2023
Updated personnel
Identified 4 new personnel
May 13, 2023
Used new vendors
Identified 1 new vendor, including
July 8, 2021
Posted financials
Added Form 990 for fiscal year 2020
Nonprofit Types
Professional associationsBusiness and community development organizationsSchoolsHeadquarter / parent organizationsCharities
EducationCommunity improvementBusiness and industry
MembershipsPolitical advocacyLobbyingCommunity engagement / volunteeringTax deductible donations
General information
3100 Clarendon Blvd 600
Arlington, VA 22201
Metro area
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV
Website URL
(888) 232-7733
Facebook page
Twitter profile
IRS details
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Form 990
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Eligible to receive tax-deductible contributions (Pub 78)
NTEE code, primary
B03: Education Professional Societies and Associations
NAICS code, primary
813920: Professional Associations
Parent/child status
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