2315 Coliseum Drive
Winston-Salem, NC 27106
Phone: (336) 727-2440
Fax: (336) 727-2873
Website: Children’s Center
Hours: 7:55 am – 2:25 pm
Principal: Carol Kirby
Children’s Center: Overview
The Children’s Center for the Physically Disabled currently serves over 100 children between the ages of birth and eleven. Most of our students have handicapping conditions that are primarily of a physical nature. These disabilities include: cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, spina bifida, Rett’s syndrome, traumatic brain injury, and a number of other disorders or syndromes.
Our center also includes typically developing children. Our preschool program for three and four-year-olds includes children without disabilities. We also have a typical kindergarten class. This inclusion program provides unique opportunities for learning and growth, both for our disabled students and their typical peers.
Children’s Center History
The Children’s Center was founded in 1952 by a group of parents and community leaders seeking to provide an education for children with disabilities. In 1988, the Children’s Center changed from the private United Way agency it had been for 36 years into a unique partnership between the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools and the United Ways of Forsyth, Yadkin, and Davie Counties.
The United Way component provides services for infant/toddlers; the school system is responsible for the school day program for students from ages 3 through 12. As of July 1, 2010, we completed a merger with The Special Children’s School, and our joined organization is now The Centers for Exceptional Children. We look forward to effective and creative collaborations between our two buildings.
Children’s Center Strategic Goals
- Provide and maintain adequate staff and equipment to meet the needs of children.
- Recruit and cultivate board members who are dedicated to the mission and have a sense of community that assists with fulfilling the goals of The Children’s Center.
- Maintain a facility that grows in tandem with the changes in the student populations.
- Maintain the balance of funding between public school and private sources to meet the educational/therapeutic needs of children.
- Provide an effective network for parent and family support.
- Expand and diversify funding sources to secure supplemental income from non-traditional/alternative sources.
- Develop forecasting abilities by strengthening networks and collaborations with other community resources.
- Provide opportunities for professional advancement and skill development for staff, parents, and volunteers.
- Recruit and maintain an ongoing volunteer corps to provide consistent support for staff and students.
- Develop a marketing/communication plan that will highlight the resources, facilities, and educational programs for the community.
- Access appropriate medical and educational resources to support programming needs.
Children’s Center Core Values
- Knowledgeable – The Children’s Center maintains a high level of skill in delivery of both therapeutic and educational services.
- Focused – The Children’s Center has a clear sense of mission and centers attention upon services and programs for the special needs of the children and their families.
- Established – The Children’s Center has a history of community support and strong board involvement that insures the quality of its programs and services.
- Caring – The Children’s Center shows concern for students, families, and other individuals and organizations that share in providing services and resources.
- Responsible – The Children’s Center is funded by the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools, The United Way, private foundations, and contributions from many individual supporters. Given this support, we demonstrate a high level of stewardship as we deliver quality services.
- Adaptable – The Children’s Center evaluates services and programs continuously and is flexible and responsive to changes in the special needs of the children, families, and the community.
- Non-Discrimination Policy – In compliance with federal laws; the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County School System administers all educational programs, employment activities and admissions without discrimination because of race, religion, national or ethnic origin, color, age, military service, disability, or gender, except where exemption is appropriate and allowed by law.
Children’s Center Mission and Purpose
The mission of The Children’s Center for the Physically Disabled is to serve and educate children with orthopedic and/or other long-term, chronic health impairments, providing them with an opportunity to develop to their fullest capacity physically, mentally, and socially.
Our purpose is to prepare each student for an independent, contributing, and fulfilling life by working with children in a specially-equipped and professionally-staffed environment.