Specialized preschools help children build a healthy sense of self

Cleveland Jewish News
May 31, 2018

Programs and activities catered to children allow them to learn and absorb the knowledge in a better way.

According to Lori Kowit, director of early childhood education at The Temple-Tifereth Israel’s Ganon Gil Preschool in Beachwood; Karen Heitlinger, chair of the Center for Early Childhood at The Music Settlement in Cleveland; and Barbara Streeter, education and therapy director at Hanna Perkins School in Shaker Heights, individualized schooling works wonders.

[READ THE WHOLE ARTICLE at the Cleveland Jewish News]

My Mad Feelings bullying prevention program featured on News 19 Cleveland

On March 7, Hanna Perkins Center’s “My Mad Feelings” bullying prevention curriculum was featured on Cleveland 19 News. The story, by reporter Sia Nyorkor, featured a “Shaker’s First Class” preschool class at Onaway Elementary School, where the curriculum is being taught. Shaker Schools is in its second year of a partnership with Hanna Perkins to present the curriclum to its preschool students.

Here’s the story:

Cleveland 19 News Cleveland, OH

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]

An alternative to punishment when a child misbehaves

Northeast Ohio parent magazine
Oct. 3, 2016

Northeast Ohio Parent featured an article from Hanna Perkins on its website and e-mail newsletters about understanding a young child’s misbehavior as communication of discomfort or other strong feelings.

Hanna Perkins Center for Child Development ‘Spotlight On Our Stars’

Currents News
May 19, 2016

Susi Yarus Meisel was honored as the recipient of the Hadden Award by the Hanna Perkins Center for Child Development (HPC) at its benefit, celebrating its 65th anniversary.

Stephanie Harig and Jean Sarlson were co-chairmen of the party attended by 230 guests at the Hanna Perkins Center in Shaker Heights. The silent auction, a wine pull and a liquor basket raffle were set up in classrooms, with everyone enjoying cocktails and hors d’oeuvres before adjourning to the gymnasium for dinner by Marigold Catering. Before dinner, HPC CEO Karen Baer welcomed the guests and announced that in the fall, the first class for children on the autism spectrum will begin.

[READ THE WHOLE ARTICLE at the Currents News]

Susan Y. Meisel presented Hadden Award at Hanna Perkins benefit

Cleveland Jewish News

April 29, 2016

Susan Y. Meisel of Solon received the 2016 Hadden Award from Hanna Perkins Center for Child Development earlier this month before about 250 guests in the gymnasium at Malvern Elementary School in Shaker Heights.

The semi-annual award was presented at the nonprofit organization’s “Spotlight On Our Stars” benefit, and recognized Meisel for her passion and devotion to its mission of supporting healthy emotional development in children.

[READ THE WHOLE ARTICLE at the Cleveland Jewish News]

Jewish Schools, Hanna Perkins Center for Child Development form special bond

Cleveland Jewish News
March 10, 2016

Five Jewish preschools in Greater Cleveland are taking advantage of a program funded by Cuyahoga County that helps to identify children with special needs who act out and have trouble fitting into their classrooms.

The Hanna Perkins Center for Child Development, a nonprofit organization in Shaker Heights, sends specialists into preschools and early childhood centers to help these children.

[READ THE WHOLE ARTICLE at the Cleveland Jewish News]

Hanna Perkins Center offers exceptional early childhood programs

Currents News
Feb. 18, 2016

This year, The Hanna Perkins Center for Child Development celebrates the 65th anniversary of its founding in 1951. Whiles its origin dates to the Day Nursery Association founded in 1874, within 10 years, the Hanna and Perkins families collaborated in the operation of the nurseCurrents_021816ry that was named the Perkins Nursery after its benefactor, Joseph Perkins, who died in 1885.

This article is not available for viewing on the Currents website.

Click the image to view the article in its entirety.