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:
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“If we can only make it clear that feelings are mentionable and manageable, we will have done a ...
While team members at The Hanna Perkins Center for Child Development were preparing this summer for the first broad-based rollout of “My Mad Feelings,” a bullying prevention curriculum for children as young as 4, Clinical Director Kimberly Bell was giving the program a cross-cultural test at a school in Trinidad and Tobago. While the test was informal, the results, she said, were strongly ...Read More →
Hanna Perkins’ April 9, 2016 Spotlight On Our Stars benefit was a great success, raising more than $200,000 for scholarships, development of programming, and ongoing operations. That evening, we had a little fun at our own expense with this video to celebrate the 65th anniversary of Hanna Perkins’ founding.
Special thanks to Ted Rodenborn and our other friends at Globalcast MD, and Haley Denzak, who donated their time and expertise to help us get this ...Read More →
In late 2015, Hanna Perkins CEO Karen Baer was invited to make a presentation about the My Mad Feelings bullying prevention curriculum to a group of socially minded investors. The event was Social Venture Partners’ BigBANG!, and the goal was to explain how the program heads of bullying by helping early learners with the youngest of students. She had 4 minutes.
When young children misbehave, it’s not because they want to act badly; it’s because they’re having a strong feeling of some kind, and don’t yet have the skill or vocabulary to express it in words.
In that context, rather than discipline or punishment, a helpful adult will work with the child to understand the feeling and find a better way to deal with it.
Here’s an excerpt from ...Read More →