Tennyson Center for Children is dedicated to helping children who have experienced severe abuse, neglect and/or trauma so they can bravely, and safely, change their life’s story. Our trained professionals have empowered children and families by providing a child-centered, customized approach to healing through our community-based, school, and/or residential programs. The primary goal of all our programs is to reintegrate our children back into safe families, supportive schools, and vibrant communities.
Our positions range from clinicians, to youth treatment counselors, to teachers, to a variety of support staff positions. A full benefits package is offered to employees working over 30 hours per week and includes medical, dental, health reimbursement account, health savings account, vision insurance, retirement/pension plan options, employee assistance program, paid time off and holidays, and optional insurance offerings such as accident, cancer/critical illness, disability and life insurance are offered with this position.
All positions require criminal CBI background check, FBI fingerprint check, State of CO child abuse check, DMV driving record check, pre-employment drug test, pre-employment physical, academic credential verification, and reference check.
Our Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion
Tennyson Center for Children invites values, perspectives and contributions of people from diverse backgrounds, and integrates diversity into its hiring and retention policies, training opportunities, and business development methods to provide an equal opportunity for each person to participate, contribute, and succeed within the organization’s workplace. Diversity encompasses differences such as race, age, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, ethnicity, physical disabilities, appearance, historically underutilized and disadvantaged persons, as well as social identities such as religion, marital status, socio-economic status, lifestyle, education, parental status, geographic background, language ability, and veteran status.
Community Based Services
This program provides in-home and community services in 15 counties across the state to provide preventive services and therapy to strengthen families with children aged 0 to adulthood.
Our primary emphasis is on the family unit, focusing on family therapy, preservation of the family unit, parenting education and skills, developing structure in the home, crisis stabilization, and helping find resources.
CBS serves children from 0–18 years old.
Tennyson offers an accredited, therapeutic K-12 school with a 4:1 student-to-staff ratio on our campus.
This program focuses on meeting learners “where they are at” in terms of need and development, instead of placing children in classrooms based upon age. Our education team is dedicated to providing individual instruction in academics and social skills so that students can return to a public school setting.
We serve residential students who live at Tennyson Center as well as students who live at home who have not been successful in the public school system, typically because of the influence of trauma in their lives or because of other emotional and/or behavioral challenges. Children living off-campus who attend our school come from multiple counties across the state. These students and their families receive therapeutic support in addition to an education.
We provide a safe, stable home for kids 5-18 who are facing critical circumstances and need 24-hour residential care. These children are healing from the effects of neglect, abuse, and trauma, and are developing skills that allow them to be safe and successful within the community.
We have five residential cottages where children live depending on their age and needs. All children in the residential program attend school at Tennyson Center.
Our clients have typically experienced severe neglect and abuse, and are navigating mental health, and/or developmental issues. They have had challenges in other programs and placements including their biological family home, foster homes, group homes, hospitalizations, sometimes failed adoptions, and other residential placements.
Behavior Resources and Adaptive Needs in the Community and Home (BRANCH)
Behavior Resources and Adaptive Needs in the Community and Home (BRANCH) is a Community Based Services program focused on children ages 6–18 who are facing intensive behavior struggles.
- Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)—mild to moderate level
- Dual-diagnoses of ASD and other mental health struggles
- Undiagnosed behaviors
Our team works with families to provide behavioral interventions for six to 20 hours per week for a period of six months to one year, depending on the family’s need and Medicaid approval. Services are provided in a variety of settings including in the home, at school, and within other community settings
Caregivers play a large role in this therapeutic process. The BRANCH team works closely with families and caregivers to teach them interventions that increase and sustain child and family stability.
Adaptive Skills for People with Emotional Needs (ASPEN)
Tennyson’s ASPEN program serves students whose needs are not fully met in our Day Treatment program. ASPEN works with students with intellectual disabilities, Autism Spectrum Disorders, or other unique needs that require a focus on adaptive or life skills.
Our Admissions department handles all referrals and inquiries regarding accessing our services. We also help families navigate a complex system of service within child welfare and mental health.
“Tennyson Center for Children staff members go beyond the requirements of the job by building healthy, genuine relationships with the kids. I recall other residential placements where staff members were present in body but not in spirit.”
We receive an average of 115 initial calls per month from parents, caregivers, school teachers, insurance companies, and others. We strive to support every caller in connection to the needed services. Our primary goal is to do everything we can for each client.
The admissions staff determines if the services Tennyson Center offers are right for a client, collects the required information and consents to serve the client, and establishes initial goals for treatment.
The average child or family in Colorado facing crisis waits between 8 weeks and 6 months for services because providers are overburdened. Our No Kid Waits program – part of our Admissions department – aims to eliminate long wait lists by contacting children and families within 24 hours when in need of therapeutic support.
Making a Referral
We accept referrals from human services agencies, mental health centers, providers, schools, and parents/caregivers. To make a referral or to inquire about any of our programs, please call 303-433-1232. Referral information may also be emailed or you can fax to 303-433-9702.
Our admissions team responds to inquiries within 24 hours. First, we will conduct a brief screening by phone to determine your needs and discuss programming options. To expedite this process, you may fax documents to ATTN: Admissions at 303-433-9702. These documents could include recent psychiatric evaluation/assessments, a current Individual Education Plan (IEP), and any other available diagnostic information.
If appropriate, we will schedule a face-to-face interview and make a plan for admission.
Crisis Response Team
The Crisis Response Team Program is designed to provide in-home stabilization to children and families in a mental health and/or behavioral crisis.
This team’s goal is to increase safety in the home environment and teach families how to access community resources within the first 30 days of treatment. This could include connecting families to Tennyson Center’s Community Based Services and other ongoing services provided by other community partners.