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Annual workshop focuses on helping children through the impact of divorce

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Press Release
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For more information:
Pam Millar, Director of Community Engagement
pmillar@hannaperkins.org
216-991-4472

Helping children through the impact of divorce is topic of conference
for parents, teachers, social workers and counselors

Sept. 6, 2018

SHAKER HEIGHTS – Hanna Perkins Center for Child Development will hold a conference, Working Through a Healthy Divorce: Addressing the Developmental Impact on Children, on Nov. 3, 2018 from 8 am – 3:30 pm.

The one-day conference offers continuing education credit for early childhood ...

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Remembering Ginny Steininger

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The Hanna Perkins family is mourning the loss of Virginia Steininger, who died in her home on Aug. 24. She was 89.

Steininger taught kindergarten, and was a teacher and director at Solon Cooperative Preschool before becoming the director of the child-care program at the Cuyahoga Valley Vocational School. There she taught courses in child development and helped establish the first public preschool in Ohio for children with difficulties. She then came to Hanna Perkins, where she served for 16 years ...

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Stacey Kramer appointed Director of Finance & Human Resources

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For more information:
Karen Baer, CEO
kbaer@hannaperkins.org
216-991-4472

Stacey Kramer is appointed Director of Finance & Human Resources
at Hanna Perkins Center for Child Development

Thursday, Aug. 10, 2018

SHAKER HEIGHTS – Hanna Perkins Center has announced the appointment of Stacey Kramer as Director of Finance & Human Resource.

In her role, Kramer will oversee the non-profit agency’s financial and staffing operations, as well as billing and insurance reimbursement functions ...

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A strategy for talking with children so they’ll listen

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The situation: Mrs. Parker called out to her preschool class, “It’s almost time to clean up and go outside to play.”

It was a cold snowy day and the children needed to put on warm clothes.

Laura looked up and said, “No, I’m not going.” Paul screamed, “I didn’t get my turn on the easel.” Rebecca ignored the direction, and two boys, Jason and Robbie, started running around the room chasing each other.

Mrs. P raised her voice. “It’s time to finish what ...

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Starting preschool and understanding the separation process

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Starting preschool and the separation process can be hard on everyone. When parents give over the care of their children to a pre-school, day-care center or kindergarten teacher, no matter how attractive the facility, it is an emotionally difficult time for child and parents alike.

Parents tend to stifle these feelings with bravado, telling their child, “There will be a lot of other children for you to play with;” “Look at all the toys and things to do;” “Your teacher will ...

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Dealing with stranger anxiety

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Parenting has always been stressful, but now more than ever it seems. So my heart goes out to moms and dads who struggle with the issue of how to keep their children safe without instilling undue fear – fear that can lead a child to heightened levels of stranger anxiety.

Stranger anxiety is a normal part of development that occurs in most children around the age of 6 or 7 months, and it ...

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Preparing your child for kindergarten

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At one time, being ready for kindergarten meant knowing your name, address and phone number, being able to print your name, counting up to a certain number, reciting the alphabet in order and even tying your shoes.

These are helpful accomplishments, but in reality they have little to do with “readiness” for learning in a school setting.

Parents are a child’s first teachers, and they have all the tools needed to have him ready and eager to learn in an environment away ...

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Fernway School: Helping children with the unexpected

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The fire that broke out at Fernway Elementary School on July 10 surprised Shaker Heights residents, young and old.  Anyone who has a history and connection with the school feels a sense of sadness and loss. People are sharing their thoughts, memories, and feelings about their experiences and are trying to process the unexpected.

Children often are challenged by surprising events, and need parents and sometimes professionals who can help make sense of what seems senseless. Loss of any kind, even ...

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The wisdom and continued relevance of Mr. Rogers

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In 1969, the legendary Mr. Rogers made a legendary appearance before the Subcommittee on Communications. His goal was to lobby for continued funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. In the process, his words about the inner life of children nearly brought an initially skeptical Sen. John O. Pastore to tears.

Those words are as relevant today as they were then. Perhaps more so:

“If we can only  make it clear that feelings are mentionable and manageable, we will have done a ...

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Creating a treasure hunt to learn positional words

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One morning in the EPIC classroom, Richard, a child with autism, was working with pencil and paper at his desk.

He began by drawing long, curvy lines, and then made an X in the corner of the paper. He asked “treasure?” before getting another piece of paper and repeating these actions.

I realized Richard was asking for a treasure map, so I made him one. His job was to find the treasure chest and make a trail – using a corresponding ...

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