Information about the benefits package available to CES employees is accessible from this page. If you have questions about any employee benefits, please contact Human Resources at 413-586-4900 x5925 or x5923, or by emailing

Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

All CES employees have access to our EAP, and because CES has covered the entire cost of services, there is no cost to you! Our EAP is the only one specifically designed to address the unique challenges faced by educators. It provides access to more problem-solving solutions than any other EAP. Nearly 99% of those who use the EAP are satisfied with the experience.

Educator's EAP Brochure

How does the EAP work?

Getting the help you need is simple. You can call the EAP 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to reach a professional counselor.

Group Medical & Dental Insurance

Employees who work at least 20 hours per week are eligible immediately for health and dental insurance. CES pays an amount equal to 50% to 70% of the cost of the HMO plan currently offered, based on the coverage type selected (single, 2 person or family) and the number of hours per week worked by the employee.

Important: All employees should keep an eye out for a welcome email from SYMETRA. The message will contain employee login-in information and a link to their online enrollment platform.

Disability Insurance

CES provides long-term disability income protection in the event of a non-work-related illness or injury that extends beyond 90 calendar days. This insurance is offered at no cost to the employee. Benefit-eligible employees also have the option to purchase short-term disability insurance.

Life Insurance

CES provides life insurance coverage in the amount of $30,000 for full-time employees. This insurance is offered at no cost to the employee. Benefit-eligible employees also have the option to purchase additional life insurance.

Flexible Spending Accounts

CES makes available pre-tax flexible spending accounts for benefit-eligible employees. $5,000 per year can be earmarked to offset dependent care expenses (child or elder care). Employees can put $200 - $2,650 per year aside to offset uninsured medical, dental and vision expenses.

Please note: CES also offers several other voluntary benefits, including Accident and Hospital Indemnity.

CES Licensure Program

Are you a CES employee interested in becoming an educator? CES now offers the option to pay through payroll deduction. Visit our Educator Licensure Programs page for more information about the program.


The Collaborative specifically reserves the right to modify, change, or discontinue any portion of the benefits or policies provided from time to time at its sole discretion, and shall endeavor to communicate such changes to the employees in a reasonable manner. The description of the benefits and policies outlined above are summary statements only and are not intended to be definite. Additionally, employee benefits may vary based on grant funding and temporary employment. Employees are welcome to contact the Human Resources Department at or (413) 588-5923 for answers to any questions concerning employee benefits, claim problems and work issues.

For more information, contact: 
413.586.4900 x5923 or x5925