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The New England Center for Children Overview

Southborough, MA
1001 to 5000 employees
Nonprofit Organization
K-12 Education
$50 to $100 million (USD) per year
The New England Center for Children has 40+ years of experience helping children with autism. Started in 1975 with only $30,000 from the Massachusetts DMH, it has grown to be one of the most respected autism institutes in the world. Today, NECC is the global leader in providing ... Read more

Mission: Our mission: to transform the lives of children with autism worldwide through education, research, and technology.

Our vision is to be a global leader in the provision of effective, evidence-based educational services for the millions of under-served ... Read more

Company Updates

  • NECC places a strong value on professional development, including offering on-site master's degree programs for staff at little to no cost.

    NECC Announces Autism Specialization in MSEd Program Through Simmons University - The New England Center for Children

    The New England Center for Children® (NECC®), a global leader in autism education and research for children with autism, in partnership with Simmons University Department of Education, is excited to announce an Autism Specialization designation within the Master of Science in Education degree (MSEd) earned on-site at NECC.

  • Working at NECC means helping students like Will realize their dreams.

    NECC Announces Will Green as 2018 Outstanding Alumnus - The New England Center for Children

    William Green has been named The New England Center for Children's Outstanding Alumnus of the Year. This award is bestowed upon NECC alumni who demonstrate inspiring personal, vocational and/or academic achievement. Will is 23-years-old and was a student at NECC from 2003 to 2017, and today works full-time at Whole Foods.

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The New England Center for Children – Why Work For Us?

Our goal is to help as many children with autism as possible gain independence and reach their potential. That means fostering an international community where everyone feels empowered to make a difference, sharing our research on best practices for autism education, and providing access to our web-based autism software curriculum - the ACE. 

NECC employees come from 26 countries, we have presented our research in 22 countries, and we’ve helped children and families in 19 countries. Our staff have taught around the world, from Brazil to Bermuda to India. And, we have a sister school in Abu Dhabi, employing both Emirait locals as well U.S. citizens.

There is perhaps no greater feeling of accomplishment that an individual can experience than knowing they’ve made a positive difference in the life of another person. At NECC, the opportunity to improve the lives of children with autism and help families and communities is something that is encountered every day.

We provide a comprehensive benefits package to all staff, listed below. Learn how Cara used the tuition reimburesment benefit. 

  • Up to 5 weeks paid vacation per year
  • Health insurance/Dental insurance/Vision care
  • Pet insurance
  • Wellness programs and gym discounts
  • Flexible spending accounts (FSAs)- Medical and Dependent Care
  • Long term disability
  • Basic life insurance and supplemental life insurance (Additional Life Insurance)
  • Child care reimbursement
  • On-site daycare
  • 403(b) voluntary savings program
  • Target benefit plan (Pension plan) and Supplement benefit plan (Pension plan)
  • Employee assistance plan
  • Career management
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Advanced tuition reimbursement for in-house master's and PhD program

We’re looking for the next class of interns and recent graduates who are ready to help children with autism reach their potential and truly transform lives. We welcome students in their junior or senior year who are studying psychology, education, communication disorders, or other human services related programs. Specialty internships are available for those studying nursing, speech and language, OT, or APE/PT.

Global demand for highly trained autism educators is at an all-time high and NECC graduates are highly sought after, recruited into top positions around the world.  If you give us three years, you’ll have control of your career for the rest of your life. By enrolling in one of our graduate programs, either in special education or applied behavior analysis in collaboration with Simmons College or WNEU – you’ll achieve a graduate degree coupled with the best hands-on experience around, and accumulate little to no debt while doing it.

We’re extremely proud that more than 1400 employees have worked full-time while attending our graduate programs.  Many staff stay five years to complete a cross certification in both special education and ABA or stay at NECC to move up the ladder into positions all over New England and around the world, including Abu Dhabi.  Whether teachers continue their career at NECC or move on to start other service programs, we’re know you’ll be successful.

Graduate Assistant Program

NECC staff enrolled in the Western New England University Master of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis graduate program can apply for an NECC graduate assistantship.  In addition to participating in the WNE graduate program, the graduate assistant fulfills full-time teaching responsibilities in the Level 2 teacher, Behavioral Health Technician, or Vocational Counselor roles. Graduate assistants receive:

  • Full tuition
  • Relocation assistance
  • Furnished housing provided by NECC
  • Stipend
  • Full health and dental insurance coverage
  • Practical training in classroom management and special education teaching techniques
  • Opportunities to participate in research and present at professional conferences

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    NECC is a wonderful place to start and grow your career. Not only is the work rewarding, but you get the opportunity to learn from some of the top researchers and clinicians in the field of behavior analysis. The company has many departments (e.g., residential, day school, homebased, consulting, adult) and provides opportunities for you to work in a variety of settings with a diverse client population. The graduate programs are onsite, and you are able to directly apply what you are learning in your day to day work. I really feel that NECC has prepared me well as a clinician in the field of behavior analysis.


    There can be some disconnect between administration and staff, as well as between departments.

    Advice to Management

    As any company grows there is a disconnect that can form between administrators (those making the decisions) and staff. Keep trying to shrink that disconnect!

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    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at The New England Center for Children (Southborough, MA) in March 2016.


    Was given a tour of the school in a group with four other applicants, then sat down with HR one on one and was asked some basic questions about my interests and experiences. It took a while to hear back about an offer and I had to follow up several times.

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The New England Center for Children Awards & Accolades

  • National Award for Model Professional Development, U.S. Department of Education, 2000
  • Award for Enduring Programmatic Contributions in Behavior Analysis, Society for the Advancement of Behavior Analysis, 2005
  • Award for International Dissemination of Behavior Analysis, Society for the Advancement of Behavior Analysis, 2017
  • School of Excellence, NASET (National Association of Special Education Teachers), 2008
  • Innovation Award for the ACE application, SBANE (Smaller Business Association of New England), 2015
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