Our Centers

SPEC is committed to meeting the growing needs of our children and the feeling of security for parents that choose our centers.

Each SPEC facility provides breakfast, lunch, and an afternoon snack which is included in weekly tuition, as well as baby food and formula for our infants. The menu is posted weekly and is especially designed to appeal to children as well as meet all the nutritional guidelines. All of our meals follow the nutritional guidelines of the CACFP Food Program.

Our centers have a variety of playgrounds that are separated into age appropriate sections. Each section of the playground is built to accommodate a different age of children. These playgrounds have an assortment of play structures and ride on toys appropriate for each age group. Our centers provide outside play time twice a day, when the weather is permitting.

Security at SPEC is a very important issue for our parents and staff. There are several things that SPEC currently does to help make sure your child is in a secure and safe environment daily. Most of our centers have a secure coded entryway with a password protected computer for signing your child in and out. This allows only staff and authorized pickups to access the entrance. Unauthorized visitors will have to check in at the office before proceeding to the classrooms. Our centers are well equipped with security cameras. These cameras are located in every classroom and hallways, and are monitored daily by the administrators and office staff. Before being hired to join our team, our teachers also go through several background checks and reference checks.

Our centers are equipped with a fleet of vans and buses that provide transportation to and from area schools. Our vehicles are equipped with two way radios that help our drivers and office staff stay in communication during their travels. These vehicles are also used for our summer camp weekly field trips.

SPEC is committed to the education of your children. After much research, SPEC has chosen Creative Curriculum® for your child’s educational enhancement.

  • Teaching Strategies, Inc. was founded in 1988 by educator and author Diane Trister Dodge. Its stated mission is “to enhance the quality of early childhood programs by offering the highest quality curriculum materials, training programs, parenting resources, and staff development services that are practical, developmentally appropriate, responsive to the needs of the field, and reflect the most innovative thinking”. The Creative Curriculum materials are directed to programs for infants and toddlers, preschool age children (3 to 5 years) and children in the primary grades. A brief summary of the curriculum content relative to the these three age groups follows, but a more comprehensive review of the available materials and the approach is available via the Teaching Strategies Inc. web site.
  • The Creative Curriculum® for Infants & Toddlers provides a comprehensive framework that emphasizes that relationships between caregivers/teachers and children and their families form the basis of curriculum for very young children.
  • The Creative Curriculum® for Early Childhood describes and demonstrates how to plan a developmentally appropriate program focusing on ten well-organized interest areas. Its underlying philosophy draws from Jean Piaget’s work on cognitive development, Erik Erikson’s stages of socio-emotional development, and accepted theories of how children learn best. The approach is practical, easy-to-understand, and immediately applicable to a variety of settings.
  • Web site: Teaching Strategies, Inc.

Our Locations


4308 S. 17th St.
Wilmington, NC 28409
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(910) 799-4160


165 Vision Dr.
Wilmington, NC 28403
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(910) 793-4884


1001 Rhodes Ave.
Burgaw, NC 28425
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(910) 259-3411


111 Thomas Garst Ln.
Leland, NC 28451
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(910) 383-2203