History & Milestones

PHILLIPS’ History & Milestones

40+ Years of Responding to the Special Needs of Children & Families

2017—PHILLIPS Programs celebrates 50 years of providing services to youth with behavioral health needs

2015 — Phillips Programs named finalist for Fairfax Chamber of Commerce 2015 Outstanding Corporate Citizenship Award

2015 — Trudy Bell named one of The Washington Post 2015 Distinguished Educational Leadership Award winners

2014 — PHILLIPS Family Partners receives national recognition from the Center for the Study of Social Policy for promoting Youth Thrive framework

2014 — PHILLIPS Teaching Homes program closes after more than 30 years of providing therapeutic foster care in Northern Virginia

2010 — PHILLIPS Programs wins Washington Post Award for Excellence in Nonprofit Management

2004 — PHILLIPS Board and staff develop “The Cultural Values of PHILLIPS Programs for Children and Families” planning document

2001 — PHILLIPS Teaching Homes program becomes licensed in Maryland

2001 — PHILLIPS School ~ Laurel honored as U.S. Department of Education “Blue Ribbon” secondary school

2000 — PHILLIPS Family Partners nearly quadruples monthly hours of service to families

1998 — Board adopts PHILLIPS Programs for Children and Families as new organization name

1998 — PHILLIPS School ~ Laurel builds new addition to serve additional students

1995 — SCE hosts first gala event

1994 — PHILLIPS School ~ Laurel opens; SCE’s Baltimore unit closes

1994 — Freddie Mac hosts SCE-sponsored regional conference for home-based family program professionals

1994 — Founder, president and chairman Dr. E. Lakin Phillips dies following brief illness; Diane Brendsel takes on role of chairperson

1993 — SCE launches community/home-based family preservation program (later renamed PHILLIPS Family Partners)

1993 — PHILLIPS School ~ Annandale honored by U.S. Department of Education as “Blue Ribbon” secondary school

1989 — PHILLIPS School ~ Annandale opens, with First Lady Barbara Bush and U.S. Senator John Warner attending dedication ceremony

1987 — Robert E. Lee, IV chairs SCE capital campaign to raise $3 million

1979 — SCE receives start of federal funding for Community Teaching Homes (later renamed PHILLIPS Teaching Homes)

1977 — SCE classrooms in two Alexandria churches are combined in one building in Springfield

1977 — At request of the State of Israel, SCE sends two staff members to Israel for one year to establish autism program

1975 — SCE receives 3-year federal outreach grant to support product development, training and consultation activities

1975 — Congress passes Public Law 94-142, the Education for All Handicapped Children Act, reflecting SCE input on regulations

1972 — SCE receives 3-year grant to develop model pre-school program in church near Tysons Corner

1972 — SCE becomes founding member of Virginia Association of Independent Special Education Facilities (VAISEF)

1972 — Program expands to serve approximately 150 students

1967 — Psychologist Lakin Phillips, along with family and friends, founds the School for Contemporary Education