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    Hanna Perkins School open house: Wed., Feb. 7, 2018

    Hanna Perkins School will hold an open house from 4-6 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 7 for parents of prospective preschoolers and kindergarteners in 2017-18.

    One-on-one tours will be offered throughout, and a group Q&A/Discussion will take place at 5 p.m.

    Visitors will discover what makes Hanna Perkins unique – from the mindful approach to child development, to the important role of parents in the learning process, to the way meals and outdoor fun are integrated into the curriculum.

    Hanna Perkins focuses on helping young children understand and manage the feelings that arise in everyday interactions – a foundational skill for success in school and life.

    Our EPIC (Exploring Potentials in Children) Classroom, for children with Level 1 Autism Spectrum Disorders diagnoses, will also be open. It applies the same social-emotional focus in an environment modified specifically for the learning needs of children who are likely to join a mainstream classroom in the future.

    Hanna Perkins classes feature a 6:1 student teacher ratio, and a unique team-based approach involving the parent, teacher and a Family Helper to provide an experience that sets each child on his or her best path for future success. The program  integrates best practices in early childhood education with an internationally-recognized relationship-based model that has been researched, developed, practiced and fine-tuned for more than 65 years.

    The school offers an effective environment for a wide range for students, including:

    • Those whose parents value a proactive emphasis on social-emotional development;
    • Children who would benefit from extra personal attention;
    • Children who are struggling with specific emotional or behavioral issues.

    It is not a therapeutic school in the narrow sense that many people understand, but is particularly attractive to families with a child or children who need help making sense of the world around them, and support in managing their response to it.

    Claass Blocks &windowsHanna Perkins School is located in a beautifully restored historic school building in a neighborhood setting in Shaker Heights. It offers two playgrounds; an indoor gym; and healthful meals prepared onsite daily, with an emphasis on organic and locally grown food.

    For information about the open house, contact School Director Barbara Streeter.

    We’re located at 19910 Malvern Road, Shaker Heights, OH. Click here for directions.

    For more information why Hanna Perkins School may be right for your child, see these resources elsewhere on our website:

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      Hanna Perkins School open house: Wed., Nov. 8

      Hanna Perkins School will hold an open house from 4-6 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 8 for parents of prospective preschoolers and kindergarteners in 2017-18.

      One-on-one tours will be offered throughout, and a group Q&A/Discussion will take place at 5 p.m.

      Visitors will discover what makes Hanna Perkins unique – from the mindful approach to child development, to the important role of parents in the learning process, to the way meals and outdoor fun are integrated into the curriculum.

      Hanna Perkins focuses on helping young children understand and manage the feelings that arise in everyday interactions – a foundational skill for success in school and life.

      Our EPIC (Exploring Potentials in Children) Classroom, for children with Level 1 Autism Spectrum Disorders diagnoses, will also be open. It applies the same social-emotional focus in an environment modified specifically for the learning needs of children who are likely to join a mainstream classroom in the future.

      Hanna Perkins classes feature a 6:1 student teacher ratio, and a unique team-based approach involving the parent, teacher and a Family Helper to provide an experience that sets each child on his or her best path for future success. The program  integrates best practices in early childhood education with an internationally-recognized relationship-based model that has been researched, developed, practiced and fine-tuned for more than 65 years.

      The school offers an effective environment for a wide range for students, including:

      • Those whose parents value a proactive emphasis on social-emotional development;
      • Children who would benefit from extra personal attention;
      • Children who are struggling with specific emotional or behavioral issues.

      It is not a therapeutic school in the narrow sense that many people understand, but is particularly attractive to families with a child or children who need help making sense of the world around them, and support in managing their response to it.

      Claass Blocks &windowsHanna Perkins School is located in a beautifully restored historic school building in a neighborhood setting in Shaker Heights. It offers two playgrounds; an indoor gym; and healthful meals prepared onsite daily, with an emphasis on organic and locally grown food.

      For information about the open house, contact School Director Barbara Streeter.

      We’re located at 19910 Malvern Road, Shaker Heights, OH. Click here for directions.

      For more information why Hanna Perkins School may be right for your child, see these resources elsewhere on our website:

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        Annual Fund Campaign

        For many of our families, paying for school or treatment at Hanna Perkins can be a challenge. Your gift allows us to offer families our services at a rate they can manage.

        Currently 40% of Hanna Perkins families receive financial support because of your generosity, but every child and family benefits from the Annual Fund.
        Hanna Perkins Center for Child Development fosters the emotional well-being of children and their families and helps them master life’s challenges. We promote positive early learning experiences through educational and therapeutic services for children and parents; training and support for professionals; and community-wide collaborations.

        Gifts to the Annual Fund provide Hanna Perkins with important unrestricted operating support. Please consider making yours today.

        Giving Levels

        • Founders’ Circle: $5,000 and Above
        • Furman Society: $2,500 – $4,999
        • Katan Society: $1,000 – $2,499
        • Enrichment Society: $500 – $999
        • Children’s Champion Society $250 – $499
        • Honor Roll Society: $1 – $249

        Matching Gifts

        Does your employer have a matching gift program?  If so, you can double or even triple the impact of your gift.  Please check on the potential of matching your gift to Hanna Perkins Center.

         

         

         

         

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          The Las Vegas shooting: What your children need right now

          Another horrific event has occurred, and it will dominate the news and social media for days and weeks.

          Except for the very youngest children, you won’t likely succeed in sheltering them from it. They will seek to understand what they see and hear, trying to put it inthug_David Castillo Dominici_freedigitalphotoso the context of what they know about the normal and expected.

          The amount of information children need from parents in such situations differs depending on the child and, of course, his or her age. Here are a few resources to help talk with your children about the recent news of violence in Las Vegas.

           Image courtesy of David Castillo Dominici/FreeDigitalPhotos.net

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            Second Monday Parent Chat

            Next chat: Monday, Oct. 9, 2017

            What parents can do to prevent bullying

            Helping children decode their feelings to build empathy, kindness and inner strength

            2nd Monday Parent Chat is a series of open discussions about the challenges of parenting school-age children. Attendance is free and open to the public. It’s hosted by Hanna Perkins Center for Child Development in partnership with Shaker Heights Schools.

            Each chat is built around a theme, and moderated by a Hanna Perkins child development specialist. Discussion is informal and wide-ranging. Parents participate with ideas and solutions as well as questions. Attendees are surveyed about additional interests for future discussions.

            When: 6:30-8:pm, 2nd Monday of each month, August-April
            Where: Hanna Perkins Center for Child Development, 19910 Malvern Road, Shaker Heights, OH (Directions)
            Free and open to public. No reservations required; just show up.
            Who: Parents of children, 4-12; plus professionals in education and child development.
            Dates:

            • August 14, 2017
            • September 11, 2017
            • October 9, 2017
            • November 13, 2017
            • December 11, 2017
            • January 8, 2018
            • February 12, 2018
            • March 12, 2018
            • April 9, 2018
            Next up:

            What parents can do to prevent bullying

            Helping children decode their feelings to build empathy, kindness and inner strength

            6:30-8 pm
            Monday, Oct. 9, 2017
            With Carol Paull, MA, MSSA, LISW

            Bullying prevention efforts typically focus on the middle- and high-school years. But the origins of bullying can be recognized at a much younger age – when children first go to school and must learn to advocate for themselves in a social setting.

            This discussion will offer insight about the causes of bullying, and provide tools to help children advocate for themselves while developing empathy for others. It’s based on Hanna Perkins’ own “My Mad Feelings” bullying-prevention curriculum, which is used in the preschool program of Shaker Heights Schools.

            Topics to be addressed include:

            • How bullying begins
            • The connection between self-advocacy, self-esteem and empathy
            • Key concepts for children to master their feelings
            • Ideas and exercises parents can use to help children through this process

            CEUs for social workers and therapists are available through the Ohio CSWMFTContact us for cost and details.

            Click here for a printable flyer about this program

            Future topics will be determined based on parent feedback, and may include:

            • Transitions
            • Making good choices
            • Developing kindness and empathy
            • Fostering a lifelong love of learning

            For event reminders, follow us on Facebook or Twitter.

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              2nd Monday Parent Chat


              Next chat: Monday, Oct. 9, 2017

              What parents can do to prevent bullying

              Helping children decode their feelings to build empathy, kindness and inner strength

              2nd Monday Parent Chat is a series of open discussions about the challenges of parenting school-age children. Attendance is free and open to the public. It’s hosted by Hanna Perkins Center for Child Development in partnership with Shaker Heights Schools.

              Each chat is built around a theme, and moderated by a Hanna Perkins child development specialist. Discussion is informal and wide-ranging. Parents participate with ideas and solutions as well as questions. Attendees are surveyed about additional interests for future discussions.

              When: 6:30-8:pm, 2nd Monday of each month, August-April
              Where: Hanna Perkins Center for Child Development, 19910 Malvern Road, Shaker Heights, OH (Directions)
              Free and open to public. No reservations required; just show up.
              Who: Parents of children, 4-12; plus professionals in education and child development.
              Dates:

              • August 14, 2017: Helping your children off to a good start in the school year
              • September 11, 2017: Your child and the internet: Keeping access safe and healthy
              • October 9, 2017: What parents can do to prevent bullying
              • November 13, 2017: How children develop self esteem, and what you can do to help
              • December 11, 2017: Empathy and kindness: Why they matter and where they’ve gone
              • January 8, 2018: TBD
              • February 12, 2018: TBD
              • March 12, 2018: TBD
              • April 9, 2018: TBD
              Next up:

              What parents can do to prevent bullying

              Helping children decode their feelings to build empathy, kindness and inner strength

              6:30-8 pm
              Monday, Oct. 9, 2017
              With Carol Paull, MA, MSSA, LISW

              Bullying prevention efforts typically focus on the middle- and high-school years. But the origins of bullying can be recognized at a much younger age – when children first go to school and must learn to advocate for themselves in a social setting.

              This discussion will offer insight about the causes of bullying, and provide tools to help children advocate for themselves while developing empathy for others. It’s based on Hanna Perkins’ own “My Mad Feelings” bullying-prevention curriculum, which is used in the preschool program of Shaker Heights Schools.

              Topics to be addressed include:

              • How bullying begins
              • The connection between self-advocacy, self-esteem and empathy
              • Key concepts for children to master their feelings
              • Ideas and exercises parents can use to help children through this process

              CEUs for social workers and therapists are available through the Ohio CSWMFT. Contact us for cost and details.

              Click here for a printable flyer about this program

              Future topics will be determined based on parent feedback, and may include:

              • Transitions
              • Making good choices
              • Developing kindness and empathy
              • Fostering a lifelong love of learning

              For event reminders, follow us on Facebook or Twitter.

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                Support Hanna Perkins when you shop at Heinen’s

                If you shop at Heinen’s and use its Preferred Card, you can help Hanna Perkins School receive valuable donations that support us in providing valuable services to families throughout Northeast Ohio.

                Through the grocery store’s Tasteful Rewards program, Preferred Card users can select a school to receive a donation form Heinen’s of 1% of whatever they buy during the school year (Sept – April).

                If you already have a Heinen’s Preferred Card, please help by visiting heinens.com/schools and clicking the link there to designate Hanna Perkins School as your ABC School Program recipient. If you don’t already have a card but want to join the program, click here to register.

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                  Parents need to be diligent in deciding on child care

                  Cleveland Jewish News
                  July 26, 2017

                   

                  Choosing a daycare can be a difficult decision for parents and some parents struggle with the initial search.

                  Carol Paull, child care consultant at Hanna Perkins School in Shaker Heights, and Linda Bensoussan at YABI Nursery and Childcare in University Heights, both said parents should start this search by visiting and observing the environments of the daycares in which they are interested.

                  “(Parents) really want to pay attention to what is going on, like the interactions between teachers and children and if it’s respectful,” Paull said. “Are the children working individually or in small groups? Are the teachers looking at the whole children, in all aspects like social, emotional, physical and cognition?”

                  [READ THE WHOLE ARTICLE at the Cleveland Jewish News]

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                    Free discussion about controversial Netflix series “13 Reasons Why”

                    Hanna Perkins will host a free forum about the controversial Netflix series “13 Reasons Why”, which tells the story of a teenager who kills herself.

                    The show’s frank presentation of themes including depression, suicide, bullying and sexual assault has created concerns about its impact on vulnerable teens. This concern has come up numerous times in our own discussions with parents, adolescents and mental health professionals.

                    In light of this, Hanna Perkins is offering a free forum discussion for parents and professionals.

                    Details

                    7 p.m.
                    Monday, May 22
                    at Hanna Perkins Center for Child Development
                    19910 Malvern Road
                    Shaker Hts, OH 44122
                    (click for directions)

                    Free and open to the public

                    Hanna Perkins therapists Kimberly Bell, Victoria Todd and Kenna Mycek, will serve as panelists to discuss the show’s main themes, answer questions about its content, and address how to talk with children about their thoughts and experiences.

                    This event is appropriate for parents, social workers, educators and others who work with children and adolescents. It is free and open to the public.

                    About the panel

                    • Kimberly Bell, Ph.D., is a psychologist and child psycholanalyst. She is clinical director of the Hadden Clinic at Hanna Perkins.
                    • Victoria Todd, LISW-S, is a child and adolescent psychoanalyst, and author of Hanna Perkins’ “My Mad Feelings” anti-bullying curriculum for young children.
                    • Kenna Mycek. LISW, is a psychologist and child psychoanalyst.
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