Welcome to The Centers for Exceptional Children

Over 95 years of nurturing children with special needs


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.

Created in 2010 by the merger of The Special Children’s School and The Children’s Center, The Centers for Exceptional Children 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 serve 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 provide a wide range of individualized
therapeutic programming with outcome-based services.

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Therapeutic Services

The CFEC maintain 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 encompass 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.

Cupid Visits Preschool at The Children’s Center!

Principal Ted Burcaw made a surprise visit to preschool this morning – as Cupid! The children and teachers had a wonderful time with their special visitor. Giggles and laughter were heard throughout the halls. Happy Valentine’s... read more

Mentor Parent Training Offered March 21, 2015

Mentor Parent Training helps to equip parents of children with special needs to reach out and support other parents.  This training includes communication and listening skills, understanding the stages of grief, matters of confidentiality, local resources and sharing... read more

In Memory of Mike Britt

The staff, students, families, and board of The Centers for Exceptional Children are incredibly heartbroken about the passing of our former executive director, Mike Britt. As principal of The Children’s Center and then executive director of The Centers for Exceptional... read more

The Children’s Center Welcomes New Principal, Ted Burcaw

The Children’s Center welcomes new principal, Ted Burcaw! Ted comes to The Children’s Center from the Kingswood School at The Children’s Home, where he was principal since the opening of the school as a collaboration between WS/FCS with the Children’s Home in... read more

Dr. Carol Kirby Retires

Dr. Carol Kirby will retire as principal of The Children’s Center at the end of this month. Our enormous loss is Salem College’s tremendous gain! Dr. Kirby will begin working full-time at Salem College beginning in January 2015. Please join us in thanking... read more

The CFEC’s Annual Holiday Program!

We are so grateful to the Winston-Salem Regional Association of REALTORS, The Winston-Salem Mortgage Lenders Association and Truliant Federal Credit Union for making this year’s holiday program such a wonderful event! We also send a special thank you to our dear... read more

When you walk into our school, the positive spirit encompasses you. The emphasis is on possibility. The children’s attitude is “I can.” The staff cheer the children on, and each accomplishment – no matter how seemingly small – is celebrated.

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Beth Shaw, Teacher

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The Children’s Center Fall Festival

We had a wonderful morning at The Children’s Center playing games, getting our faces painted, going on hay rides, hearing stories and more! Thank you to our friends from Wells Fargo Wealth Managment, all of our parent volunteers and the bo-stevens band for entertaining us!

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The Children’s Center is where our son Victor is challenged to achieve many goals. His smile brings joy to everyone who meets him, and The Children’s Center gives him the opportunity to learn, to share, and to dream. For us, it is a place of hope, where a family’s dreams can come true.

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Paul & Theresa Pauca, parents of Victor

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