The Center-based program services began in September 1970 with the primary goal to provide a day school alternative to institutional placement for young children with severe and profound disabilities.

The Center was incorporated in 1975 as the Moore County Children’s Center, and later changed its name to Sandhills Children’s Center to reflect the broadened geographic area of service to counties in this south central region.

On a daily basis, Sandhills Children’s Center provides personalized attention from highly trained staff in a play-based environment for children with and without disabilities. The unique philosophy of peer-to-peer learning is proven to be the most natural setting for preparing children for kindergarten.


Two Campus Locations – Southern Pines & Rockingham

  • 18 total classrooms
  • 9 infant & toddler classrooms (5 in Southern Pines & 4 in Rockingham)
  • 9 preschool classrooms (4 in Southern Pines & 5 in Rockingham)

Approximate Center Enrollment

  • 118 children at Southern Pines Campus
  • 118 children at Rockingham Campus