Founded in 1904, Tennyson Center is one of the region’s leading providers of educational and therapeutic interventions for abused, neglected, and traumatized children and their families. We now provide intensive treatment, therapy and special education for children across Colorado up to age 18 who have experienced or are at-risk of experiencing physical or sexual abuse, neglect, and emotional trauma. Our services include residential, education, day treatment, crisis stabilization, assessment, in-home and community-based programs that draw on a wide range of evidence-based and evidence-informed models, while launching innovative new protocols and system reform efforts to address continuing gaps in the child welfare system.
The mission of Tennyson Center for Children is to empower children who have experienced abuse, neglect, and trauma to bravely and safely change their life’s story. This mission is accomplished by: (1) providing community-based, day treatment, education, residential, and crisis stabilization services that address immediate needs and interventions for abused, neglected, and traumatized children and their families; (2) increasing placement stability, family functioning, and youth educational attainment among Colorado’s most vulnerable youth; (3) linking children and families with supportive resources and appropriate providers as part of an integrated and individualized care plan; and (4) evaluating outcomes to further inform the shape of system change in the child welfare sector.
In 2017, Tennyson Center launched a new strategic plan called Every Kid Forever – a bold, five-year effort to model a new collaborative culture to ensure that none of Colorado’s traumatized youth are abandoned, told to wait, or forced to dramatically relapse while in transition between service providers. Every Kid Forever encapsulates the full scope of our current activities at Tennyson, which address four current priorities:
1. County-Wide Models to better reach underserved, rural areas of the state while building local capacity;
2. #NoKidWaits to eliminate wait lists across Colorado that range from six to eight weeks in metro areas and up to three months in rural areas;
3. New Pathways for Children Over 13 so that older youth aging out of the child welfare system have the skills to successfully transition to adulthood; and
4. Monitoring Over Time for Impact, a new, robust monitoring framework that will be open sourced and is planned to track children longitudinally until after they leave Tennyson.