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.

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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    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.


    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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      Challenge gifts offered to double your donation

      Hanna Perkins Center for Child Development has received two challenge gifts that will double contributions between now and June 30. If you make donations to non-profit organizations that provide hands-on service to local children and families, please consider making a gift now.

      Two anonymous donors have promised to match every new gift we receive up to a total of $7,500 each. These gifts are providing us with a new and exciting opportunity to raise supplemental funds for our general operating budget in the last few months of our fiscal year.

      For 65 years, Hanna Perkins has supported health social-emotional development in children for success in school and life. We do this through:

      • Hanna Perkins School – a small, highly individualized learning environment offering preschool, kindergarten and parent-toddler groups;
      • Hadden Clinic, offering therapeutic mental health services to children and adolescents, and mothers struggline with postpartum depression;
      • Programming to offer parenting support and consultation;
      • Professional training for early learning educators, social workers and others who work with children on a regular basis;
      • Consulting and training with early learning centers, schools, social service agencies and other institutions that work with children.

      We’re innovating every day. New programs include Exploring Potentials in Children – a classroom that prepares young children with Autism Spectrum Disorders for a mainstream education; and My Mad Feelings – a one-of-a-kind program that works with children as young as 4 to head off bullying before it begins.

      Your gift has immediate impact right here in Northeast Ohio. It provides important funding for all of these programs, as well as scholarships that allow families in need to access our services at a cost they can afford.

      Your donations can be accepted by mail or online. For more information, click here and give before June 30, and your gift will be doubled.

      If you have any questions about the challenge, contact our Beth Watson in the Development Office at 216.929.0198 or

      Thank you.  Your  support is greatly appreciated.

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        New mom? Don’t feel right?

        New mom? Don’t feel right?

        Postpartum depression is one of several mood and anxiety disorders that can follow the birth of a child. The Hadden Clinic at Hanna Perkins offers effective treatment for these serious health issues. If you don’t feel right, call. We’ll see you within 48 hours.

        For an appointment/consultation, contact Kimberly Bell at 216.991.4472 (ext. 209 after hours).

        Not sure? Learn more about the symptoms with this short article.

        Image courtesty of Douglas John/

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          Autism Spectrum Disorders Dedicated Classroom

          Hanna Perkins’ EPIC Classroom is for children ages 4-6 with Autism Spectrum Disorders. It’s a natural extension of our school’s focus on healthy emotional development by working with children to identify, understand, manage and communicate feelings.

          EPIC – short for Exploring Potentials in Children – was developed in response to parents who have sought out the Hanna Perkins’ approach and an opportunity for close parental involvement, but also needed a classroom and educational approach tailored to the particular needs of children on the spectrum.

          Our program is designed for high functioning children who are likely to eventually transition to a mainstream environment. But it provides less stimulation and more visual learning than other preschool classrooms, to support children in the early group interaction and socialization that can be a barrier for young learners in this category.

          ClevelandClinicCforAutismHanna Perkins School is an autism scholarship provider through the Ohio Department of Education.

          The Dedicated ASD Classroom involves collaboration with the Cleveland Clinic Lerner Center for Autism.

          boy with scissorsA child’s behaviors are expressions of feelings that need to be understood, respected and responded to in the most helpful way possible. This applies to all children regardless of limitations or differences in the way they communicate.

          Often children on the spectrum show their feelings in dramatic ways that are confusing to those who don’t understand their language. In all Hanna Perkins programs, our specialists work closely with parents and teachers to help facilitate better understanding, and to support a child’s gradual ability to know, manage, and appropriately express his or her  feelings.  A child who gains this mastery over time will feel happier and more successful because of it.


          • Maximum class size of 6 children, ages 4-6
          • Five days/week, September through June
          • Monday-Thursday – 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m.; Friday – 9 a.m.-noon
          • Staffed with two teachers experienced in working with the ASD population
          • An Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) consultant providing up-front training and ongoing consultation
          • Two Hanna Perkins-trained child therapists available to meet weekly with parents and teachers
          • An environment designed to be less stimulating than a traditional preschool classroom
          • Increased emphasis on visual learning
          • Consultation and on-site services, as needed, of a Speech & Language Therapist
          • Classroom materials and techniques designed for the ASD population

          Hanna Perkins is an Ohio Autism Scholarship Provider. For discussion about the suitability of the program for specific children, we’re happy to talk with you directly, and are glad to introduce you to our current Preschool, Kindergarten, and Parent/Toddler programs as well. Please click here to contact our Educational Director.

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            Hanna Perkins School open house: Tue., April 25

            Version 2Hanna Perkins School will hold an open house from 4-6 p.m. on Tuesday, April 25 for parents of prospective preschoolers and kindergarteners in 2017-18. It’s the last open house for families planning to enroll a child in preschool or kindergarten for the 2017-18 school year.

            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 65th logoexperience 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 the 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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              Emotional Intelligence

              2 boys_david castillo dominici_freedigitalphotosThe foundation for future learning is established between birth and age six. During this time, a child transitions from dependence to independence, and develops an emotional blueprint that informs every aspect of his or her life.

              Emotional intelligence – the ability to understand and manage feelings – is considered the driving force behind intellectual and social achievement, and the strongest indicator of human success.

              Emotional intelligence can be fostered most effectively during the preschool years, regardless of the genetic or temperamental predispositions with which a child is born. It is an area in which we can make a difference. Children who receive the gift of adult mindfulness during these early years develop essential assets, such as

              • Curiosity
              • Problem-solving
              • Competence
              • Mastery
              • Creativity
              • Management of worries and fears
              • Ability to focus
              • Self-control
              • Kindness
              • Self-advocacy

              By understanding this and addressing a child’s inner life, all children can be helped to cultivate  critical life skills. Children who receive the gift of adult mindfulness during these early years develop essential assets, such as flexibility, relationship-building, conflict management, self-awareness, self-discipline and planning skills.

              Through emotionally-based learning, children are best equipped to build resilience and maximize their own potential.

              Image courtesy of David Castillo Dominici/


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                2017 Spring Conference Registration

                Living & Working With Children: Taking Care of Yourself & Others

                Registration options:

                1. Register online below (nominal registration fees apply)
                2. Click for a mail/fax registration form (no additional fees apply). Save form to your computer. You may fill it out on-screen or after printing it. To submit registration, print the form, then fax or mail with payment per instructions on the form itself. 
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                  2017 Spring Conference

                  Living and Working With Children:Register Now button
                  Taking Care of Yourself and Others

                  A one-day conference for Early Learning professionals, social workers and mental health professionals, and parents
                  April 29, 2017

                  Gain insight into the minds of young children and learn new strategies for working with them.

                  This affordable one-day conference is for anyone who works with children and families on a day-to-day basis.

                  Social work CEUs (3 credits) are provided for Social Workers and Counselors. Ohio Approved hours (3 hours) are provided for Early Learning Professionals.

                  Parents interested in a better understanding of a young child’s social-emotional development will find this conference helpful and practical with the addition of a dedicated “parent track.” Through generous support of The Huron Foundation, parents attend for free and transportation is available to/from the Stokes/Windermere Rapid Station. (Registration is still required for free admission.)

                  Keynote address:

                  Caring for the Caregiver: Practical Tools, Quick Tips and Tricks of the Mind-Body Trade
                  Belleruth Naparstek, ACSW, BCD



                  Naparstek is a clinical social worker, guided imagery pioneer, author and teacher, who maintained a psychotherapy practice for over 30 years.  In 1991, she founded Health Journeys, a leading producer and distributor of audio materials that deliver direct healing and wellness experiences at the screen and on listening devices. She also serves on the faculty of the University of Arizona’s Center for Integrative Medicine Physician Fellows Program.

                  Her guided imagery has been found effective in over 20 clinical trials, and is in use at Johns Hopkins, Mayo, UHHS Cleveland, Dana Farber, the NIH, Duke University, Kaiser Permanente, UCSF Medical Center, the U.S. Army and the Veterans Administration.

                  Staying Well with Guided Imagery is a widely used primer on guided imagery and healing. Her most recent book on imagery and post-traumatic stress, Invisible Heroes, won the Spirituality & Health Top 50 Books Award and has been called “the most useful book for trauma survivors to be published in the last decade”.

                  Conference Details:Register Now button


                  8 am to 3:30 p.m.
                  Saturday, April 29, 2017


                  Hanna Perkins Center for Child Development
                  19910 Malvern Road, Shaker Heights, OH 44122


                  $45 through April 14   |   $50 after April 14   |   $55 at the door
                  Free for parents (no CEUs)

                  • Registration fee includes cost of professional CEUs / Ohio Approved Hours.
                  • Free registration is offered to parents only, through a grant from The Huron Foundation, and applies only to “Parent Track” sessions.  
                  • Parents should not plan to bring children to this conference.  

                  Program Schedule


                  • 8 a.m. – Breakfast and Registration
                  • 9 a.m. – Opening Remarks – Karen Baer, CEO
                  • 9:15 a.m. – Keynote Address – Belleruth Naparstek, BCD
                  • 10:15 a.m. – Break – Chair Massage and Yoga Self-Care Centers
                  • 10:30 a.m.-Noon – Concurrent Sessions

                  Parent track
                  My Mad Feelings: Early guidance to prevent bullying
                  Presenter: Victoria Todd, LISW-S, Child and Adolescent Psychoanalyst

                  Educator track 
                  Parents as Partners: The high value of family engagement

                  Participants will learn the benefits to children, families and the school of working with parents as active educational partners, and discuss methods to foster this partnership. 

                  Presenter: Carol Paull, MA, MSSA, LISW
                  1.5 Ohio Approved Hours

                  Mental Health Professional track 

                  Encouraging Healthy Attachment in the Face of Perinatal Mood & Anxiety Disorders

                  Participants will explore the signs and symptoms of perinatal depression, anxiety and psychosis. Also, working with mothers and their infants to develop healthy attachment, and helping mothers engage in the self-care needed to move through perinatal symptoms and enjoy their role as a new mom.

                  Presenters: Kimberly Bell, Ph.D.; and Anita Eddie, MA, ATR, MSSA, LISW-S
                  1.5 Clock Hours, CSWMFTB


                  • Noon–1: 30 p.m. – Working Lunch (meal is included): Healthy Eating on a Budget
                    Presenter: Susan Meisel, MS RD LD CDE
                    Chair Massage and Yoga Self-Care Centers
                  • 1:30-3 p.m. – Concurrent Sessions:    

                  Parent track
                  Panel Discussion: Parents Have the Best Intentions: The great impact of respect when relating to young children
                  Moderator: Victoria Todd. Panelists: Ruth Hall, Carol Paull, Judy Pitlick

                  Educator track 
                  Helping Children Express Their Mad Feelings: Early childhood intervention to prevent bullying

                  This session will identify the tools children need to express anger and other strong feelings in age-appropriate ways, and explore techniques to support their development. Participants will also learn to identify atypical social-emotional behaviors in preschool children, and how to assess and find resources for families.

                  Presenters: Kenna Mycek, MSW; and Rique Sollisch
                  1.5 Ohio Approved Hours

                  Mental Health Professional track 

                  Helping Yourself While Helping Others Process Trauma

                  Participants will explore the symptoms patients present that are related to trauma. Focus includes managing the most difficult issues faced by therapists such as boundary violations, counter transference and maintaining neutrality.  Methods for managing these issues will be explored and discussed in depth.

                  Presenters: Kimberly Bell, Ph.D.; and Anita Eddie, MA, ATR, MSSA, LISW-S
                  1.5 Clock Hours, CSWMFTB

                  CEU and Fee Information

                  • Participants must attend the entire day to receive CEUs. Educators will receive 3 Ohio Approved Hours; licensed social workers and counselors will receive 3 social work CEUs through CSWMFTB.
                  • Free registration is offered to support parent education through a grant from The Huron Foundation and is restricted to parents attending “Parent Track” concurrent sessions.
                  • Hanna Perkins Center for Child Development is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.

                  More information: Pam Millar, Community Engagement
            |    216-991-4472


                  Support Generously Provided by The Huron Foundation

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                    Reception celebrates appointment of HPC’s Kimberly Bell to CWRU med school post

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                    Bob Rosenbaum, communications

                    Reception celebrates appointment of HPC’s Kimberly Bell to CWRU med school post

                    Mon., Jan. 23, 2017

                    Kimberly Bell, Ph.D. Hadden Clinic at Hanna Perkins Center

                    Kimberly Bell, Ph.D.
                    Hadden Clinic at Hanna Perkins Center

                    SHAKER HEIGHTS – Kimberly Bell, Ph.D., Clinical Director at Hanna Perkins Center for Child Development, will be honored at a reception on Jan. 26 2017, in celebration of her appointment as the John A. Hadden Jr. M.D. Professor of Psychoanalytic Child Development.

                    The reception is hosted by Pamela B. Davis, M.D., Ph.D., Dean of the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, at 4:30 p.m. in the Iris S. and Bert L. Wolstein Research Building.

                    The professorship is part of Bell’s role at Hanna Perkins, where she is clinical director of the Hadden Clinic. Bell took on both rolls in late 2015.

                    At the medical school, her role includes development of offerings that enhance the understanding and use of psychoanalytic approaches to child development when providing medical care for young patients. Her current activities include teaching a course in Behavioral Medicine, and developing new observational pediatric rotations for students in the Physician Assistant program. These rotations are also offered to residents in the specialties of pediatrics and psychiatry.

                    The Hadden Clinic at Hanna Perkins provides mental health services to children and adolescents to age 18, as well as to women suffering from postpartum depression and other related disorders.

                    About Hanna Perkins

                    Since 1951, The Hanna Perkins Center for Child Development has partnered with parents and professionals to help children understand, communicate and manage their feelings for success in school and life. Located in the historic renovation of the former Malvern School in Shaker Heights, Hanna Perkins provides these services:

                    Hanna Perkins School: Preschool, kindergarten, parent/toddler group and an Autism Spectrum Disorders dedicated classroom, all focused on the ability to understand and manage feelings as the foundation of other essential life skills.

                    Hadden Clinic, providing developmental guidance and therapy for children and adolescents, and treatment of postpartum mood and anxiety disorders in mothers.

                    Continuing education and training to teachers, child care providers, social workers and other child-care specialists across Northeast Ohio.

                    The Reinberger Parent Child Resource Center, offering consultation and support for parents, and other educational opportunities based on the Hanna Perkins approach to child development.

                    Child and Adolescent Psychoanalytic Training, through an intensive program that prepares professionals to provide psychoanalytic therapy to children and adolescents, and to work closely with children’s parents.



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