Chris Gentry Named “Children’s Champion”

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, CFEC’s newly-appointed Executive Director. “Chris is truly committed to our children and families and we are so proud of her for this...
We’ll Miss You, Karen Young!

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 and Early Education. Karen will now be monitoring and overseeing much of what she’s managed for CFEC for so many years. We are all sad to see her go… but excited for her next...
Read Across America Reading Parties!

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 @ The Special Children’s School Email Shana Heilbron at shana@thecfec.org to confirm your participation. Please feel free to bring your own book or select one when you...
Kindermusik Kickoff!

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 every child’s unique learning style. Our classroom teachers become an extension of Kindermusik as they lead their children through playful, interactive, and developmentally appropriate music and movement activities. The all-inclusive curriculum kits and Teach-Along audio systems provide tools that make it easy for teachers to facilitate while participating in the activities, assessing their students, and having fun. The benefits of music are truly transformational. When paired with movement and instrument play, it creates neurological magic, lighting up a child’s brain and positively impacting all areas of development. The study, practice, and discipline of making music gives the brain and body a complete workout. Activities are designed to encourage multi-sensory learning, which employs and integrates several senses at once, stimulating multiple areas of the brain.Children experience music of varying styles, genres, and cultures, and they interact with other peers and engage in movement, rhythm, and vocal activities that develop far more than just music...
It Is a “Pete’s A” Kind of Day!

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 one step further… and make their own “pizza” out of Nicole! They followed all of Pete’s father’s directions from the book and added tomatoes, cheese and pepperoni (made of paper).  And then, Nicole and her friends began laughing, and everyone enjoyed a pretend slice of...
People with Passion

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 me that her “…friends and family constantly comment on my daughter’s amazing growth and development… that’s mainly because my daughter doesn’t know she has a disability and that is because she spends all day with people who treat her like she doesn’t.” I recently came across and article called the “Top 10 Traits of a Special Education Teacher” and it confirmed what I have been thinking for awhile now… Our teaching staff is THE BEST!  Teachers play a critical role in the development of children. An excellent teacher can serve as an inspirational and encouraging role model for a child long after the classroom year is over. This is especially true when it comes to special education teachers who work with children dealing with diverse challenges and needs. Next time you see a special education teacher… give him or her a hive five, and thank them for being (1) organized, (2) creative, (3) highly intuitive, (4) calm, (5) detail-oriented, (6) deadline-oriented, (7) adaptive, (8) even-tempered, (9) funny, and (10)...
2018 Was A Year of Unfolding Possibilities

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...
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