Our centers in Leland, NC and Wilmington, NC are open from 6:30 am until 6:00 pm. SPEC locations in Burgaw, NC, are open from 6:15 am until 6:00 pm to accommodate our military parents that work on the military base in Camp Lejeune, NC. Our full time program has been designed to fulfill the needs of working parents and your child may attend any time during business hours. Other programs may have differing schedules that begin or end in a shorter time period during our business day.

SPEC is closed for seven holidays each year which include: New Years, Good Friday, Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day, 2 days in observance of Thanksgiving, and Christmas. The center is closed on or around these days each year. All closings for holidays are posted on a list on each center’s parent board. These lists are posted at the beginning of each year and are not subject to change after being posted. Holiday closings will also be posted on the center’s front doors for approximately one week before the closure day.

In the case of severe weather, the center will stay open as long as possible without compromising the safety of the children and staff. Severe weather closing announcements will be made on local radio and television stations. We will try our best to post signs on the front door of each center location. In the event that inclement weather starts during the hours of the night/early morning when we are closed for business and cannot safely post signs on our front door, we will report our closings to local television and radio stations. We will also post any closings on this “schedule” page for your reference.

In Burgaw, Leland or Wilmington, NC please tune in to the following:
Television: WWAY TV 3 or WECT 6
Radio: 103.5 The Bone or 102.7 WGNI

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