Examples of current collaborations with other community agencies, organizations, schools and child-care centers.
- Parent education
Through a grant from the St. Luke’s Foundation, Hanna Perkins leads “Couch Chat” parent discussion groups at multiple locations. The chats are led by a Hanna Perkins child development specialist. They often begin with a specific topic – such as kindergarten readiness or positive discipline – but leave ample time for questions and open discussion.
- Staff training and client education
Staffed through Americorps, this residence for homeless pregnant women and new mothers sought out Hanna Perkins to provide education and training for staff and clients alike on child development and parenting. The collaboration also includes ongoing consultation with staff.
The Music Settlement
Spanish American committee Child Care
Jewish Day Nursery
- Special-needs child care
Hanna Perkins therapists work with teachers and special-needs children at nearly a dozen Starting Point-approved preschool and child-care programs to assist with classroom dynamics. Participating programs include The Music Settlement, Hebrew Academy, Ruffing Montessori, Spanish American Committee Child Care and Jewish Day Nursery.
The primary goal is to help children remain in a safe, nurturing child-development program and maintain consistency in their daily routines. This is done by working with the teacher to understand the child’s needs, whether physical, developmental, medical or behavioral. Consultation with the child’s parents is provided on request.
- Staff training
Hanna Perkins provides training and ongoing consultation for school-age and early-learning educators who provide before- and after-school care.
- Staff training
At individual locations, Hanna Perkins provides training for the recognition and prevention of child abuse and neglect, as required by Ohio Department of Job and Family Services licensing regulations.
- Child education and staff training
These early learning centers, each serving a different segment of the population, were pilot sites for Hanna Perkins’ My Mad Feelings program to identify and head off early bullying behaviors in children as young as 4. They continue to work with us to use the curriculum and receive consultation from.
Akron General Hospital
- Staff education
Hanna Perkins provides a “Hospitalized Child” consultation group for child life workers at Northeast Ohio’s major hospitals, to help them address the impact that long-term / frequent hospitalization can have on a child’s emotional development. Participants earn CEU credit through Ohio’s Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage & Family Therapist Board.
Early Learning Center Directors’ Group
- Early learning education
Directors of early learning centers earn Step Up To Quality education credits through participation in a discussion group that meets regularly at the Hanna Perkins Center.
Identifying Child Abuse
- Staff education
Hanna Perkins’ courses in Recognition and Prevention of Child Abuse & Neglect use the Keeping Children Safe curriculum to meet education requirements for child care facilities and schools, as outlined in the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services licensing regulations.
This training is available at The Hanna Perkins Center throughout the year, and can also be arranged at your location to provide a single training for your entire team.