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.


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Hanna Perkins School open house: Tues., Feb. 23

Hanna Perkins School will hold an open house from 4-6 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 23 for parents of prospective preschoolers and kindergarteners. The open house is for available openings in the current school year as well as for prospective students in 2016-17. The open house will provide an opportunity to learn what makes Hanna Perkins School […]

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    Hanna Perkins’ 65th anniversary benefit to honor Susan Y. Meisel

    Press Release FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE For more information: Beth Watson, Director of Development bwatson@hannaperkins.org 216-991-4472 Hanna Perkins Center for Child Development celebrates 65th anniversary with benefit honoring Susan Yarus Meisel Jan. 20, 2016 SHAKER HEIGHTS –The Hanna Perkins Center for Child Development has announced that this year’s Hadden Award will be presented to Susan Y. Meisel […]

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      Quietly observing the Winter Honeymoon

      For the under-5 set and their families, getting used to the academic calendar comes with growing pains. Just the concept of an academic year “ending” has undone many a young child who thought school would go on forever with this teacher in this room. From the perspective of young children, summer becomes a time of […]

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        Why your kids don’t listen – and how to deal with it

        A mother of young children asked why she finds herself saying the same things over and over again, but the children don’t seem to be paying attention. “It would almost be better if they would openly defy me,” she said “Instead, everything goes in one ear and out the other. Why don’t they listen to […]

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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.