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Matthew’s Center was founded in 2000 by Mark and Laurie Heilman, the parents of Matthew, a child with autism.  From its humble beginning, serving two students in a local church, Matthew’s Center, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, has grown and now serves over 50 students.
Today, the Manassas Campus houses a private special education day school and a summer camp. Matthew’s Center is licensed by the Virginia Department of Education and the Virginia Department of Social Services and employs a full dedicated staff of highly-qualified, trained professionals that specialize in working with children with special needs including autism, traumatic brain injury, emotional disability, multiple disabilities, speech and language impairments, intellectual disability, and other health impairments.

Matthew’s Center has gained the respect of public school systems in Virginia, Washington D.C. and Maryland.  Matthew's Center's Manassas Campus has 28 students enrolled with available spaces.