Upcoming Events

Terri Kirby Erickson

Book Launch Gala and Fundraiser

March 27, 2017


2017 Charity Golf Classic

and Hall of Hope Reception

August 3 & 4, 2017


Welcome to The Centers for Exceptional Children

Our mission is to educate, nurture and support children with special needs to reach their highest potential intellectually, emotionally, socially and physically.


In July, 2010, two extraordinary schools joined hands to create The Centers for Exceptional Children, bringing together more than 95 years of nurturing children with special needs. The Children’s Center and The Special Children’s School have been “Hallways of Hope” for thousands of children and their families.

The Centers for Exceptional Children (CFEC) are dedicated to serving children with developmental delays, orthopedic disabilities and other health impairments. Our mission is to educate, nurture and support children with special needs to reach their highest potential intellectually, emotionally, socially and physically. We accomplish our mission through providing developmentally appropriate education, physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech/language therapy. In addition, both of our Winston-Salem, NC campuses provide nursing support, family support services, and numerous enrichment activities. The CFEC serves children and families in most of Northwest North Carolina.

Family Support Network of Greater Forsyth is an outreach program that further enhances The Centers for Exceptional Children. In 1987, FSN began to provide support to families who have children with special needs (medical, developmental, or other). FSN is affiliated with The Family Support Network of NC and currently serves Forsyth and surrounding counties. There is no charge for any service provided by Family Support Network of Greater Forsyth.

Programs & Services at The Centers for Exceptional Children

Instructional Programs

The CFEC provides a wide range of individualized
therapeutic programming with outcome-based services.

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Therapeutic Services

The CFEC maintains a highly-trained and experienced
clinical staff that is focused on providing outcome-based services.

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The Centers for Exceptional Children’s Schools

The CFEC encompasses two campuses: The Special Children’s School and The Children’s Center, each having a slightly different focus in serving children. The Children’s Center has predominantly served children with physical disabilities and/or significant medical issues. The Special Children’s School has focused its efforts on children with a wide range of developmental delays. In addition to preschool and school-age programs, The Children’s Center houses an Infant/Toddler Program which serves children from birth through age two.

News from The Centers for Exceptional Children

Stay up to date on the all of the incredible things happening at The CFEC by following our blog.


Please join The Centers For Exceptional Children on March 2, 2017 for READ ACROSS AMERICA DAY! The Special Children’s School (TSCS – 4505 Shattalon Drive) and The Children’s Center (TCC – 2315 Coliseum Drive) will be celebrating! Please consider participating with us in one of these ways… Read to... read more

Typical Kindergarten Program at The CFEC

Did you know The Children’s Center and The Special Children’s School both offer Typical Kindergarten classes? Our Typical Kindergarten program offers a smaller class size (generally 8-12 children), often perfect for parents unsure about whether to start their child in kindergarten, or wait an extra year. The opportunity to... read more

NC Beautiful Awards Grant to Horticultural Therapy Program

A grant from NC Beautiful in 2017 is going to let us expand our horticultural therapy program at The Children’s Center to include a pollinator garden. Steve Vacendak, Executive Director of NC Beautiful, visited The Children’s Center on January 13, 2017 to present the award. Our students will benefit... read more

A Time of Celebration

The Winston-Salem philanthropic community has been more active than ever with our children and families this year. We want to extend a heart-felt thank you to the teams at Belk, Graylyn and the Winston-Salem Regional Association of REALTORS for making this year special for our children and families. Our... read more

The Special Children’s School Honors Staff Members

Congratulations to Special Children’s School staff members Stacy Church, Teacher of the Year, and Karen Young, Classified Staff of the year! Stacy teaches in a Preschool Inclusion class at The Special Children’s School. Karen is Child Care/Developmental Day Director for The Centers for Exceptional... read more

The CFEC Welcomes Betsy Armentrout to Board of Directors

Nancy Griffith, Executive Director of The Centers for Exceptional Children, announced today that local pediatrician Betsy Armentrout has been elected to the Board of Directors. “We are thrilled to have Betsy join us in our efforts to grow The CFEC,” said Griffith. “Her experience in the medical community and... read more

Sensory Garden Campaign

The Centers for Exceptional Children is participating in SeedMoney’s year-end fundraising challenge and we could really use your help TODAY. SeedMoney is a grant-making organization helping nonprofits expand their horticulture programs through crowdfunding, matching funding, and technical assistance, and The CFEC was selected to participate in the 2016 year-end... read more

Fall Festival at The Children’s Center

The Children’s Center hosted it’s annual Fall Festival on Halloween Day this year. Students and staff came dressed in costume and enjoyed an exciting morning of games, crafts, face painting, hay rides, live music and more. Each year, our amazingly creative staff manages to turn the entire school into... read more
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