2018 Annual Conference

Save the date:
Friday, Aug. 17, 2018

Registration coming soon

Adjusting to Changing Family Dynamics:
Working through the impact of divorce and other developmental challenges

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

  • Separate tracks for educators, social workers/mental health professionals, and parents
  • Up to 7 Ohio Approved hours for teachers, including required Recognition & Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (3-hour refresher)
  • Up to 7 social work CEUs (Ohio CSWMFTB provider # RCS091602), including 3-hour Ethics requirement

Topics include:

  • Listening to Children’s Behaviors
  • Classroom support for children who are living through divorce
  • Putting children first: Realistic expectations in working with parents during divorce
  • Supporting success in blended families

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

A separate track for parents addresses the important needs of children who experience big changes in the family

My Mad Feelings for Kids & Parents

My Mad Feelings: Bullying prevention and emotional intelligence for young children and their parents

A fun summertime program that provides developmental quality time with your child.

It’s an innovative program that helps children learn to identify, discuss and manage their feelings through songs, stories and activities. Parents learn techniques to help children talk about strong emotions to develop empathy, self-advocacy, self-control and self-esteem – all of which provide a safety net against bullying.

My Mad Feelings was developed by Hanna Perkins for use in preschool classrooms. Now it’s been adapted for parents and children (3-6) to take together.

1-2 p.m.
June 12-Aug. 14 (10 consecutive Tuesdays)
For parents and their children, ages 3-6
$200 (Includes all materials for children and parents

Presented by Rique Sollisch, an early education teacher specifically trained in The HP Way and My Mad Feelings.

Eventbrite - My Mad Feelings for Kids and Parents: Summer fun that prevents bullying

My Mad Feelings was featured on Channel 19 News.

Cleveland 19 News Cleveland, OH

While most anti-bullying programs focus on adolescent children, the origins of bullying can be recognized at a much younger age – when children first go to school or child care, and must learn to advocate for themselves in a social setting.

Ideally, children learn to identify feelings and express their emotions verballyGilberto 3 rather than behaviorally. But this is a skill that needs to be taught. Without this ability, children may instead practice self-advocacy by acting out – grabbing, hitting, hurtful talk, etc. – essentially “sharing” their uncomfortable feelings with others. Such behaviors alienate others and result in disciplinary action – creating a downward spiral in self-esteem. By adolescence, these behaviors become habitual and hard to correct – and are recognized as bullying.

My Mad Feelings prevents bullying before it begins, but it has power to do much more. When children are able to manage their feelings successfully, they can:

  • Become more tolerant of others;
  • Develop stronger relationships;
  • Enjoy the risks involved in learning new things and having new experiences;
  • Be viewed more positively by the adults who wield influence over life in school and other activities.

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.

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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