When life’s answers don’t come easy … People come to PHILLIPS.

PHILLIPS is a private, nonprofit organization serving over 500 children and their families in the Washington metropolitan area. For more than 40 years, we have helped children where others could not — to prepare to become independent, productive young adults.

Our Mission: PHILLIPS serves the needs of individuals with emotional and behavioral problems and their families through education, family support services, community education and advocacy.

Our Philosophy: Each child we serve is unique, and so is the combination of services we provide. Depending on the child’s needs, as well as input from parents, educators, agencies or other involved parties, we offer:

  • Special Education Day Schools — Serving students from elementary grades through high school in two nationally-acclaimed facilities in Annandale, VA and Laurel, MD
  • PHILLIPS Teaching Homes — Helping children with emotional and behavioral issues learn the life skills they need to be successful
  • PHILLIPS Family Partners — Serving families and children with emotional and behavioral issues through home- and community-based counseling, education, family support and advocacy services


Integrity: We do what we say we will do. We tell the truth. We act thoughtfully based on the child/client’s interest, not on the organization’s.

Compassion: We welcome and accept others. We empathize with others. We listen to and respect others.

Commitment: We aim to be the best. We persevere against the odds. We do what it takes.

Safety: We are vigilant in promoting the physical and emotional safety of all. We help people feel secure in our environment. We are responsible for preventing and correcting safety issues.

Individualization: We respect the perspective of the child and family. We build the program to fit the child and family. We highlight strengths and embrace the potential of the child.

Effectiveness: We aim for continuous improvement. We learn from our mistakes, as well as our successes. We make changes based on objective data.

Community: We include each other in decision-making and problem solving. We support and are accountable to each other. We have fun together.

If you think we could help your child or your family, please contact us at 703-941-8810 today.