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.

Mary Starling Woodwind Ensemble Visits The Children’s Center

The Mary Starling Woodwind Ensemble visited The Children’s Center on October 13, 2016. These programs, sponsored by the Winston-Salem Symphony and WSFCS, give students an opportunity to meet the musicians of the WSS, experience a live performance, see the instruments up close, and enhance understanding of music, performance practice... read more

National Day of Walk-Ins

The Special Children’s School participated in the National Day of Walk-Ins today.  Each school/work-site was asked to make posters displaying unity with students, parents, community, and legislators.  The theme was “Reclaim our Schools.”  The Special Children’s School staff wore red shirts and walked in unison around the building to... read more

Day of Caring

We were honored to welcome two groups of volunteers to The Children’s Center and The Special Children’s School from Reynolds American. At The CC, the volunteers celebrated their day of caring by building and installing new trellis’s in the horticulture therapy garden, new planters in the edible garden, and... read more

The Children’s Center Welcomes Back Teachers and Staff

Teachers and staff at The Children’s Center started off their first day back from summer break with a wonderful catered breakfast, courtesy of Famous Toastery in Winston-Salem! During our opening staff meeting with new principal, Samantha Manring, everyone had a chance to get reacquainted with the help of some... read more

Welcome Back Orientation Brunch at The Special Children’s School

The Special Children’s School held a Saturday morning “Welcome Back Orientation Brunch” for new and returning staff members. New staff were able to spend some time getting acquainted with other staff members and the school in a relaxed and welcoming environment, complete with great food and a lively scavenger hunt. Nancy Griffith,... read more

Thank You To Our Sponsors!

We offer our sincere thanks to the generous sponsors of the 17th Annual Charity Golf Classic and Hall of Hope Reception. Proceeds from the tournament will be used to serve children with special needs at The Children’s Center (2315 Coliseum Drive), The Special Children’s School (4505 Shattalon Drive) and... read more

Summer Program Gallery Hop

We are happy to report that the CFEC Summer Program’s first ever “Gallery Hop” was a success! Parents, CFEC board members, teachers and other guests were able to view a collection of all the beautiful art work the children created this summer. Our focus for the summer program was... read more

2016 CFEC Charity Golf Classic

The Centers for Exceptional Children Charity Golf Classic was a great success! We enjoyed a wonderful day of golf at Tanglewood Golf Course, with all proceeds benefiting The CFEC. We are so appreciative of our sponsors, golfers and the many volunteers who gave of their time to support our... read more

2016 Hall of Hope Reception

The Centers for Exceptional Children kicked off our 17th golf tournament with the 2016 Hall of Hope Reception honoring our dear friend and inaugural inductee, Mike Britt. The event was held on August 4, 2016 at Tanglewood Clubhouse in Clemmons, NC. We enjoyed a fun and exciting evening with... read more
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