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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.

The Special Children’s School Graduation 2017

Graduation for The Special Children’s School was held on June 2, 2017 at Old Town Baptist Church. Graduates from The Special Children’s School included 33 preschool students, 4 kindergarten students, 4 school-age students. Congratulations to all our 2017... read more

BB&T Lighthouse Project at The Special Children’s School

The BB&T Lighthouse Project team, spearheaded by Chad Reuille, is creating a Songbird Garden and building a pergola for our Sensory Garden at The Special Children’s School. Members of Chad’s IT Department came from not only Winston-Salem, but also Charlotte and Raleigh to participate. The team cleared the beds... read more

Pollinator Garden Expansion

On Friday, April 28th, students at The Children’s Center celebrated  their expanded ‘pollinator garden’ by welcoming Steve Vacendak, Executive Director of NC Beautiful, and Lisa Parrish from Duke Energy to a special ribbon cutting and classroom lesson in their enhanced outdoor learning garden. Thanks to a grant from NC... read more

Guest Artist Deborah Smith Visits April Sibshops

Guest artist Deborah Smith visited the April 7, 2017 Sibshops event to share her love for the creative process with the group. Deborah is a potter, painter and stained glass artist. This special Workshop was made possible by a grant from the Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth... read more

Story Time with “Mr. John” Cortez

Each week, volunteer John Cortez can be seen traveling the hallways of The Special Children’s School and The Children’s Center, going from room to room and delighting children with his special story time visits. John’s grandson, Chase, attended The Special Children’s School, and John volunteered to read to his... read more

Spring Egg Hunt at The Children’s Center

Students and staff at The Children’s Center participated in a very special Spring Egg Hunt, sponsored by the Winston-Salem Regional Association of REALTORS. Special visitors from the Winston-Salem Fire Department brought a firetruck for the children to explore, and children hunted for eggs throughout the grounds of The Children’s Center.... read more

Pinwheels to Prevent Child Abuse

April is national child abuse prevention month. Statistics show that children with disabilities of any kind are at greater risk of being abused or neglected. On March 30, 2017, students and staff “planted” beautiful blue pinwheels on the grounds of The Special Children’s School to raise awareness. By its... read more

Celebrating a Successful Book Launch Gala & Fundraiser for The CFEC

A packed house enjoyed a relaxing evening of poetry, jazz, art and refreshments as we came together to celebrate award-winning poet Terri Kirby Erickson’s “Becoming the Blue Heron” Book Launch Gala. This free event (a fundraiser for The Centers for Exceptional Children) was sponsored by “Readings on Rosalyn” and... read more

Spring Egg Hunt at The Special Children’s School

The Special Children’s School enjoyed a fun morning with the United Way of Forsyth County’s Young Leaders United (YLU) group from Hanesbrands, Inc. The chilly temps didn’t deter our students from hunting for eggs, making colorful egg bags, reading books with our guests and enjoying a special snack! Many... read more
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