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The Centers for Exceptional Children

Charity Golf Classic & Hall of Hope Reception

Honoring Inaugural Inductee Mike Britt

August 4 & 5, 2016 at Tanglewood Park
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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.

Chris Gentry Named “Children’s Champion”

CFCE’s Family Support Network Director, Chris Gentry was named a 2019 “Children’s Champion” by the Childcare Resource Center in Winston-Salem. Chris was honored, along with Judge Bill Reingold, at a community luncheon in April.  “There is no person more committed and better deserving of this honor,” said Meredith Flowe,... read more

We’ll Miss You, Karen Young!

Karen Young has worked with the Centers for Exceptional Children and The Special Children’s School for more than seventeen years, and March 15, 2019 will be her final day as our Director of Childcare and Licensure. Karen has accepted a Childcare Consultant position with the Division of Child Development... read more

Read Across America Reading Parties!

SIGN UP TO BE A GUEST READER! – Our students love when guests visit and read their favorite Dr. Seuss book so sign up today. Friday, March 1, 2019 – 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM @ The Children’s Center Friday, March 8, 2019 – 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM... read more

Kindermusik Kickoff!

February marks our KINDERMUSIK KICKOFF! The Infant & Toddler (ITP) Team came up with the idea of offering our own music program to our youngest students, and today, William Poe – a teacher’s assistant in the ITP – hosted the first set of classes. Kindermusik is designed to connect with... read more

It Is a “Pete’s A” Kind of Day!

It is too cold for our kids to go outside, so today Ms. Sladky and Ms. Johnson treated their class to a “pizza.” But this was no ordinary pizza! One their favorite books to read together is William Steig’s “Pete’s a Pizza” and today they decided to take it... read more

People with Passion

I want to take a moment and recognize the amazing teaching staff CFEC gets to work with, and support, every single day. Our programs are filled with staff and teachers who have made it their life’s mission to care for children with special needs. One mother recently shared with... read more

2018 Was A Year of Unfolding Possibilities

2018 has been a year of “Unfolding Possibilities” at The CFEC. We are grateful to be help children with special needs, and their families, thrive and we are so appreciative to everyone who helps to make that happen. We are thankful to all who supported our work – our new Paper Crane Society members, corporate and foundation partners, United Way of Forsyth County, and our many individual donors who give so generously to support our mission. We could not do our work without you! We welcome 2019 with open arms and look forward to sharing more stories and photos of our amazing children and families.

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