Caregiver/Toddler Class

toddler silhouette  arztsamui freedigitalphotos e1408051715226 Caregiver/Toddler ClassThe relationship between a toddler, parents and a regular caregiver presents complex dynamics that can sometimes be tense or difficult to navigate.

Hanna Perkins’ new Caregiver/Toddler Class is a developmentally mindful class for toddlers, who are in a time of transition from total dependence to the firs steps of independence – a phase made more difficult as young children must navigate it with a limited vocabulary and only the most basic skills for conveying their feelings. Like our Parent/Toddler program, this class provides toddlers with an important introduction to a group setting.

But unlike other programs at Hanna Perkins or elsewhere, this class is uniquely designed for caregivers too – providing support and insight from their peers and child development specialists to help make the relationship with the parents and child healthy, productive and rewarding for everyone. 

Caregiver/Toddler Class

  • Thursday and Fridays
  • 9:30 a– 11 a.m.
  • Starting date to be determine; please check back soon

For more information, call 991-4472 or send us an e-mail.

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Parent Chat: Is it too early to think about kindergarten?

Children don’t come with an operating manual, and every parent has questions now and then about raising them. Hanna Perkins’ Parent Chats provide a helpful discussion, led by child development experts in a comfortable, informal atmosphere of mutual interest and support.

Is it too early to think about Kindergarten

boys book i 72 DPI 300x197 Parent Chat: Is it too early to think about kindergarten?Kindergarten does more than introduce young children to the first level of academic learning. It fills an important developmental role by helping them with the social-emotional skills required to succeed in the classroom.

Everyone wants their child to transition smoothly into kindergarten, but a child who is not yet developmentally ready for this step will struggle. Do you know the signs of readiness? The biggest question for many parents of a child who is attending preschool – or even toddler programs – is “how do I know if it’s too soon to think about kindergarten?”

This series will help parents to answer that question over four 90-minute discussions on the following topics: 

  1. Learning
  2. Relationships
  3. Self Regulation
  4. Tying it all together

The sessions are led by child development professionals Judy Pitlick and  Carol Paull. Cost is $10 per session or $35 for all four. To make sure it’s fun as well as educational, each session includes refreshments and door prizes.


Choose to attend morning or evening sessions based on your schedule and availability of child care.

Morning Sessions with Judy Pitlick, MA, LPCC
Thursdays, 10–11:30 a.m.

  • Sept. 18, 2014
  • Oct. 23, 2014
  • Nov. 13, 2014
  • Dec. 4, 2014

Evening Sessions with Carol Paull, MA, MSSA, LISW
Wednesdays, 7-8:30 p.m.

  • Oct. 1, 2014
  • Oct. 22, 2014
  • Nov. 12, 2014
  • Dec. 3, 2014 

$35 for the entire curriculum or $10 per session. Includes refreshments and opporutnity to win door prizes. 

 Parent Chat: Is it too early to think about kindergarten?

Or contact Pam Millar by e-mail or phone: 216-991-4472.


Music in the Morning

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Music in the Morning allows children and their parents/caregivers to experience the joy of music in an informal setting through group songs, finger plays, dance and exploration of instruments. Suitable for infants to age 3. Monday mornings from 10-10:45.

Instructor: Ms. Laura Cyrocki

Location: Reinberger Parent/Child Resource Center at Hanna Perkins
Room 114
(Please use the Parent/Child Resource Center entrance, up the concrete steps)

Registration is required.

Summer session (4 weeks):
  • July 28
  • Aug. 4
  • Aug. 11
  • Aug. 18
Cost: $55 for the first child and parent/caregiver; $45 each additional child)
Monday mornings, 10-10:45 a.m.
You can start mid-session. We’ll prorate for any classes you may have missed.
Call  216-991-4472.
 Music in the Morning
Registration fees are not refundable unless requested 24 hours before the first class, or if the session is canceled by The Hanna Perkins Center. We are not able to pro-rate class fees for missed sessions. If class is canceled due to weather, you will receive a phone call and a make-up class will be offered.

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All About Me

A twice-weekly, half-day summer camp experience for children 3-6 years

2 girls at table 72 DPI 200x300 All About MeAll About Me draws on a fun curriculum that includes Arts & Crafts; science; healthy cooking and related activities; music and literacy activities to build on your child’s self esteem and social/emotional development.

The program concludes with a final project in  which each child makes a book about him/herself to take home.

Parents/caregivers remain on the school grounds and participate in activities with their children. As children become comfortable on their own, parents are invited to use our comfortable lounge with free Wi-Fi access.

You may register for the entire 6-week program, or pay for week-to-week participation.

Program details
  • Every Tuesday and Thursday, July 8 – Aug. 14, 2014
  • 9:30 a.m.-noon; snack included
  • Located in the Reinberger Parent/Child Resource Center 
  • Teachers: Noreen Acierno and Pam Millar
  • $100 for the full program; $20 per week

 All About Me

You may also register by contacting Pam Millar by e-mail or call 216-991-4472.

Navigating the separation process

When children begin daycare, preschool or kindergarten, it may be the first time they’ve ever been separated from their mother or primary caregiver for an extended period. It may also be the first time they’ve had the challenge of functioning independently in a group of peers. This is stressful for children and can be difficult on parents as well, says Barbara Streeter, Educational Director at Hanna Perkins.

“The separation process is not about expecting a child to manage on his or her own in a strange environment with unfamiliar authority figures,” she says. “It entails making a transition from the parent-child relationship to being able – over time – to have a different kind of relationship with a teacher. It is also about learning to manage the feelings involved in this extended and typically bumpy process.”

The foundation for the development of self esteem, she adds, “is based on a child’s ability to bring his or her whole self to school – enjoying school even while keeping Mommy in mind and missing her.”
In addition to being a fun experience, All About Me recognizes the need for children and parents to move through this separation process at their own pace.

Streeter emphasizes that it takes longer than the six weeks of All About Me. But the program offers a valuable opportunity for younger children and their parents to participate in a group experience together, while slightly older children will be able to try doing new things on their own with the parent nearby.

More experienced children may enjoy discovering that they can manage in the program with minimal involvement of the parent. For others, it offers a healthy start, “so when the child begins school in the fall, he or she will be more prepared for the next experience.”