A free webcast on early prevention of bullying

Mrs. Wilson's class 003Most programs to prevent bullying focus on middle school or high school. But by then, the processes and behaviors that cause bullying are already deeply embedded – and hard to correct.

Hanna Perkins psychoanalyst Victoria Todd, LISW-S, has been working with preschool children to identify early warning signs of bullying, and help the children who exhibit them.

“These behaviors are typical in the emotional development of children at this age,” Todd said. “But they indicate a need for intervention. With proper guidance, children who act in a way that’s hurtful to others readily learn more effective ways to express themselves. They don’t grow into bullies.”

Todd’s program will be the focus of a free webcast hosted by Hanna Perkins from 1-2:30 p.m. (Eastern) on Thursday, May 14. To register at no cost, click the registration button below.

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Webcast details

It’s Never Too Early: Intervention for Tomorrow’s Bullies Today

Helping children express mad feelings without hurting others

  • A developmental understanding of bullying: Why it happens
  • Why typical bullying prevention programs begin too late
  • Spotting warning signs in children as young as 4 – and how to help them
  • Mad v. Mean – A curriculum to head off bullying before it starts, for preschools and child-care centers
  • Open Q&A

1-2:30 p.m., Thursday, May 14 – live on your computer.
All you need is a free registration and an internet connection.

This free webcast is appropriate for:

  • Early childhood educators
  • Preschool and child care administrators
  • Parents of young children
  • Anyone interested in the cause and prevention of bullying

Registered participants will receive 1.5 Step Up To Quality-approved training hours.


  • Victoria Todd, LISW-S, Child & Adolescent Psychoanalyst
  • Ruth L. Hall, M.A., Child Psychoanalyst


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Upon registering, you will receive a confirmation, timely reminder notifications, and instructions to access the event.

“We hope preschool teachers and child care workers will attend, because they observe the children in action, and they are in a good position to provide the kind of helpful intervention that’s needed,” said Pam Millar, Associate Director of Community Engagement & School Programs at Hanna Perkins. “We were mindful in scheduling this of the daily cycle for teachers and child care workers, and hope to make it convenient for them to attend.”

This event is made possible through generous support from Globalcast MD, a production company that specializes in live, Internet-based broadcasts that actively engage and promote interactions among professional communities. With the technology to help facilitate real-time discussions between experts and participants,  GlobalCastMD’s live events allow the professional community to stay abreast of the latest innovations and trends as well as to share valuable insights from their own experiences and practices.

Illustration by Victoria Todd for the Mad versus Mean curriculum


21st Century Parenting: Free online webcast

Hanna Perkins is pleased to announce its participation in 21st Century Parenting: Ask the Experts, a free online interactive broadcast for parents, teachers and care-givers of preschool and elementary school children.

WHEN: 10-11:30 a.m. (Eastern time), Monday, Oct. 6
WHERE: Your home or office
WHO: Parents, Teachers & Care-Givers of preschoolers and elementary aged children
HOW: Register here. You’ll receive detailed log-in information and reminders by e-mail 

Hosted by GlobalCast MD, child development specialists from Hanna Perkins and The Lippman School will address a wide range of behavioral concerns, such as:

  • Temper tantrums
  • Sleeping issues
  • Eating issues
  • Bossing
  • Whining
  • Being mean
  • Learning difficulties
  • Trouble making friends
  • Technology concerns and cyber-bullying

The webcast is free and open to anyone. It will be held 10-11:30 a.m. EDT on Monday, Oct. 6. All you need to attend is a computer with an internet connection.

There are tons of books written on parenting and child rearing which by their very nature have to be general. They are about children – not about your child.

But, child rearing is specific. Hanna Perkins has more than 60 years experience helping individual parents with their individual children.

This webcast seeks to extend that experience to as many parents as possible.

 You ask the questions. You choose the topics. 21st Century Parenting will help with real solutions for real-life issues. You may participate actively or just listen to the open discussion. Either way, you can do so at home or any convenient location where you use a computer.

Scheduling conflict? Don’t worry; the event will be recorded for later viewing. So register now. It’s free.

Parent Chat: Is your child ready for the next big step?

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 your child ready for the next big step?

Hanna Perkins Toddler Programs

Whether it’s kindergarten, sleep-away camp any other milestone, everyone worries whether their child is ready for the next step in the long path toward independence.

Each important step comes with its own stresses and challenges, and a child who is not yet developmentally ready for it step will struggle. Do you know the signs of readiness for kindergarten, or whatever other new experience your child is facing?

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.


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.

  • Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014
  • Oct. 22, 2014
  • Nov. 12, 2014
  • Dec. 3, 2014 

$35 for the entire curriculum or $10 per session.  

Eventbrite - Parent Chat: Is It Too Early To Think About Kindergarten

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


Caregiver/Toddler Class

The 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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