Mending Young Hearts & Minds Since 1833
1400 Whitney Avenue Hamden CT, 06517

Join Our Team

Since 1833 The Children’s Center has been helping children and families. We are private and nonprofit. Our programs, including the Whitney Hall School, are State licensed and we have received Accreditation from The Joint Commission for Behavioral Health Care Services. Our multi-service agency is located at 1400 Whitney Avenue in Hamden, Connecticut. Click Here for directions.

Our Board of Directors and Management Team values the contributions of its diverse workforce and monitors the management of agency resources so that employees can be successful in their efforts to provide an environment that fosters positive age appropriate experiences for children and youth with behavioral, emotional and/or learning disabilities.

What we look for in an employee:

We look for all our employees to have a successful work history, and good interpersonal skills. Employees must be dependable, flexible, dedicated workers, who can work effectively, independently and as part of a team. It is essential for our staff to be positive role models for the clients we serve.

Some positions require special qualifications due to their nature. All direct care staff who may face crisis are equipped with the safest, most practical, and most effective de-escalation and conflict resolution training.

What we offer:

We offer competitive wages and salaries, excellent benefits including a 401k program, a pleasant work environment, and the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of our children. We are an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.

  • Medical Insurance
  • Dental Insurance
  • Life Insurance
  • Short Term and Long Term Disability Coverage
  • Vacation Pay
  • Sick Pay
  • Holiday Pay
  • Personal Time Off
  • 401(k)

An offer of employment is contingent upon these factors:

  • Successful completion of a pre-employment physical which includes a drug screening and PPD
  • Satisfactory reference checks
  • Education Verification
  • Satisfactory criminal background check
  • A valid driver’s license with a safe driving record
  • National Sex Offender Registry
  • DCF/CPS Child Abuse and Neglect Registry
  • DDS Abuse and Neglect Registry

Candidates are encouraged to mail or e-mail their resume to our Human Resource Department, no phone calls please. Resumes are kept on file for one year.

Internships at The Children’s Center of Hamden

Thank you for your interest in applying for an internship at The Children’s Center of Hamden!

Please spend some time on our website to learn more about our programs and those we serve.

Please be informed that all interns are required to pass a drug screen, be in good health and receive the influenza vaccine.  The Children’s Center of Hamden also completes criminal background checks.

To apply for an internship with one of our programs, please email:

Wakeman Hall: Teenage Substance Use: DARC students- contact Renee Hausman, LADC


Cook/Kitchen Helper

The Cook/Kitchen Helper is responsible for handling and preparing foods according to sanitary regulations. The Cook/Kitchen Helper directs and maintains the kitchen in an organized manner in the absence of the Director of Dietary. The Cook/Kitchen Helper makes decisions regarding ordering foods, changes in menus…

Direct Care Worker

This is a full time position, weekends may required. There are no part time or per diem shifts available. A Direct Care Worker is a role model and is responsible for the care, welfare, safety and security of young people.  The nature of the care varies depending on…

Employment Application

Thank you for your interest in the Children’s Center of Hamden! Please select the application method that best suits your needs:

Download, fill out and mail The Children’s Center of Hamden Employment Application Form or fill out our brief employment form below and upload your resume. Please include the title of the position and submit as much information as possible.

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