Our School

The right start lasts a lifetime.

Preschool, kindergarten and parent/toddler programs that focus on emotional intelligence – the ability to understand and manage feelings.

A challenging and engaging academic curriculum individualized for the needs of each child.

A unique team approach – both gentle and effective – applying a wealth of expert resources toward each child's success.

A historically preserved facility offering large spaces, natural light and other amenities.


For Parents

Dedicated to helping parents understand their child's behavior to be a form of communication.

Offerings for parents and families include:

Reinberger Parent/Child Resource Center, where parents and children can play with their children to encourage mastery of age-appropriate skills.

Hadden Clinic, offering evaluation, treatment and parent guidance for children and adolescents.

Research, articles, a blog and other useful resources.


For Professionals

Offering 3 types of service to professionals.

1. Continuing education and consultation for early childhood educators, care providers, child life workers, clinicians and others who attend to the needs of children.

2. Accepting referrals from physicians, psychologists, child advocates and others who see children with issues that may affect their overall wellbeing.

3. Analytic training for practitioners interested in child analysis.



Hanna Perkins selected to make elite funding pitch

Press Release FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Aug. 27, 2015 SHAKER HEIGHTS – The Hanna Perkins Center For Child Development has been selected to participate in the 2015 “bigBANG! Fast-Pitch” competition hosted by Social Venture Partners Cleveland (SVP). Hanna Perkins will use the opportunity to seek funding and exposure for its new “My Mad Feelings” curriculum – […]

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    A vulnerable moment before starting school

    In Los Angeles, a TV reporter interviewed a 4-year-old boy on the way into his first day of pre-school. She asked if he would miss his mom. The little boy tries to put on his game face and bravely says no. But the next moment tells the truth: For many children, preschool is the first experience on their […]

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      The separation process: Starting preschool

      When parents give over the care of their children to a pre-school, day-care center or kindergarten teacher, no matter how attractive the facility, it is an emotionally difficult time for all.  Parents tend to stifle these feelings with bravado, telling their child, “There will be a lot of other children for you to play with;” […]

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        What We Do

        Our Mission and Values: We envision a world in which every child is listened to, understood and helped. Through application of our mission and values, we are helping to create that world.
        Read our Mission and Values.
        The HP Way: People who know Hanna Perkins describe an approach to helping children and families that is gentle and effective. Part of our culture since 1951, it is often referred to as The HP Way.
        Learn about The HP Way.