Second Monday Parent Chat

Next parent chat: Monday, Apr. 9, 2018

Developing a Helpful Conscience

10 – 11:30 am
Monday, Apr. 9, 2018
With Judith Pitlick, MA, LPCC

The conscience is comprised of rules, prohibitions and experiences of early childhood tht often occur in the first five years of life. Because the conscience can be harsh and disapproving, adults must help children develop a helpful, kind and friendly consience.

This discussion will offer insights about:

  • At what age do children begin to develop a conscience

  • Children’s behavior

  • confuses parents, sometimes it seems that children don’t know right from wrong, when they are really struggling with their conscience.

About 2nd Monday Parent Chat:

2nd Monday Parent C

hat 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: 10 – 11:30 am, 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.
Upcoming Dates:

  • May 14, 2018: Preparing for the Endless Summer

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2018 Benefit to honor The Grandmothers – early childhood consultants and writers


Join us on Saturday, April 14 for Nurture, Grow, THRIVE …  a benefit to support Hanna Perkins.

Proceeds from the event will provide life-changing scholarship support to children attending Hanna Perkins School.

At the event, five women, known collectively as The Grandmothers, will receive the third biennial Hadden Award. They are Ginny Steininger, Kathy Smith Baker, Georgianna (Gann) Roberts, Maria Kaiser, and Coordinator Barbara Streeter, who is Hanna Perkins’ Educational Director and Faculty Chair.

The Grandmothers are early childhood consultants and an energetic, experienced group of professionals. Together, they have written over 40 articles and a soon-to-be-released book for parents, based on their long-standing connection with Hanna Perkins Center. They offer support and wisdom on issues young children and their parents experience.

In addition to presentation of the Hadden Award, the benefit will feature cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, dinner, silent auction and a live scholarship auction.

Click here for sponsorship opportunities

Buy tickets or tables below, or contact Beth Watson at (216) 929-0198 or                           


Hanna Perkins School open house: Tue., April 24, 2018

Hanna Perkins School will hold an open house from 4-6 p.m. on Tuesday, April 24 for parents of prospective preschoolers and kindergarteners in 2018-19. Children are welcome.

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:

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.

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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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Afternoon Enrichment Program

basketball_shutterstock_215623555In Hanna Perkins’ Afternoon Enrichment program, your child (age 3-7) will get new experiences, learn new skills and make new friends in a comfortable, calm environment centered on each child’s social-emotional development.

The 10-week program meets from 3:30-4:30 p.m. each Tuesday and Thursday, beginning September 20 and ending December 1 (there are no session Thanksgiving week).

Activities include music, art, creative storytelling, book-making and gym.

Cost is $15 per session for drop-ins or $200 for the whole program.

Classes are led by Rique Sollisch, an early education teacher specifically trained in The HP Way, Hanna Perkins’ approach to helping children understand, communicate and manage their feelings. This fundamental skill set, often known as emotional intelligence, helps children advocate for themselves, develop strong relationships and enjoy learning ­ key factors for success in school and life.


  • Ages 3-7
  • Tuesdays and Thursdays, 3:30-4:30 p.m.
  • Beginning Sept. 20, 2016
  • Ending Dec. 1, 2016
  • Cost: $15 per session / $200 for the entire program

Parents are asked to remain on-site; a comfortable waiting room with free wi-fi is available.

For more information or offline registration, contact Pam Millar at Hanna Perkins Reinberger Parent/Child Resource Center by e-mail or call 216-991-4472.

Online registration


Help us meet this challenge grant

challenge grant thumbnail artAn anonymous Hanna Perkins donor has issued this challenge: Every dollar you give to Hanna Perkins before our fiscal year ends on June 30 will be matched up to $5,000.

Please help us meet this challenge.

Your tax-deductible donation supports Hanna Perkins’ work toward healthy emotional development in children across Northeast Ohio. If you haven’t given yet, now is the time; your contribution will be doubled by this challenge.

For information about Hanna Perkins and how we apply our donations, visit here.

The fiscal year ends in just three months, so please consider making your tax-deductible challenge gift by June 30 and your gift will be doubled!

To donate right away, click the button below, or send a check by mail.

Give the gift of mindful togetherness

There is no greater gift than mindful time between a parent and child.

Now, in this season of giving, you can give that to a loved one with a gift of Hanna Perkins programming.

  • Convenient: You can order right from your computer
  • Affordable: Our family-friendly pricing means you can give a loving gift for less than $70.
  • Simple: After placing your order, you’ll receive an e-mail confirmation that includes a gift certificate for you to print for presentation to the recipient.
  • Appreciated: Anyone who cherishes time with their young child or children will be glad to receive this gift.

The gift of mindful play

In the developmentally mindful environment of the Reinberger Parent/Child Resource Center, parents and caregivers can play with their children to encourage mastery of age-appropriate skills.

During drop-in play, adults participate with their children in dramatic play, puzzles, a collection of toys and books, as well as  hands-on activities including science, gardening, snacks and arts-and-craft projects.

Price: $60

Click this link for more details and drop-in schedule
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The gift of insight

Helping Young Children Grow is a seminal book on child development, written by Erna Furman – a renowned child psychoanalyst who had a close, longtime affiliation with Hanna Perkins  until her death in 2003.

It is a clear and practical guide to understanding children, child development and personality development – written in clear language suitable for laymen and professionals alike.

Previously out of print, this book is once again available at for the Kindle e-Reader for just $9.99.

To order directly through, click here.