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.


Fernway School: Helping children with the unexpected

The fire that broke out at Fernway Elementary School on July 10 surprised Shaker Heights residents, young and old.  Anyone who has a history and connection with the school feels a sense of sadness and loss. People are sharing their thoughts, memories, and feelings about their experiences and are trying to process the unexpected. Children […]

2018 Annual Conference

Working Through a Healthy Divorce: Addressing the developmental impact on children Friday, Aug. 17, 2018 8:00 am-4:00 pm An affordable 1-day continuing education conference for: Early Childhood Education professionals Social workers, therapists and counselors Parents Looking out for the best interest of the kids is an important goal in any divorce, but it’s easier said […]

Creating a treasure hunt to learn positional words

One morning in the EPIC classroom, Richard, a child with autism, was working with pencil and paper at his desk. He began by drawing long, curvy lines, and then made an X in the corner of the paper. He asked “treasure?” before getting another piece of paper and repeating these actions. I realized Richard was […]

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.