HPC to host fall reception on Oct. 24

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Hanna Perkins Center for Child Development will host a fall reception from 5:30-7:30, Wed., Oct. 24, 2012 in its facility at 19910 Malvern Road in Shaker Heights.

The purpose of the event is to introduce members of the education, child development and East Side communities to Karen Baer, new CEO of the non-profit organization and school. Baer, who joined Hanna Perkins over the summer, was previously chief clinical officer of Lifebanc, the Cleveland based organ and tissue procurement organization.

The event also will highlight Hanna Perkins’ approach to child development and early education – an effective method that has been used for more than 60 years to train child-care specialists and educators across the region and around the world.

“A lot of people think they know who we are, but there is so much to this organization that even those who know us well often don’t realize the full scope of our services,” Baer said. “And it’s a great opportunity for people to come and meet us for the first time – to see our beautiful facility and learn about the methodology we’ve built to help parents give their children the best start in life.”

Hanna Perkins moved to its current location in 2003 from a site in University Circle that became part of University Hospitals’ recent expansion along Cornell Road.

“We love having this beautiful neighborhood setting,” Baer said, “and we are always eager for our neighbors to get to know us through special events like this, or through the regular programming of our Reinberger Parent/Child Resource Center.”

The open-house will include refreshments along with tours of the school, community garden and conference facility. Brief remarks are scheduled  at 6:15 p.m. The event is free and open to the public; those who wish to attend are asked to RSVP by e-mail

Hanna Perkins Center for Child Development has operated Hanna Perkins School for more than 60 years. With toddler programs, preschool and kindergarten classes, the school emphasizes emotional intelligence – the critical process for children to understand, communicate and manage their feelings. Located in the historic renovation of the former Malvern School in Shaker Heights, Hanna Perkins is a direct descendant of the Cleveland Day Nursery Program, which ran one of the nation’s earliest nursery schools (opened in 1880) and which pioneered in the field of early child development.

Today Hanna Perkins serves as a leading resource of information to parents and providers alike. Through its community outreach programs, Hanna Perkins offers continuing education and training to teachers, day care providers, social workers and other child-care specialists across Northeast Ohio. Its Hadden Clinic for Children and Families provides a range of developmental guidance for children and adolescents, including the specialized technique of Treatment Via the Parent. And the Reinberger Parent/Child Resource Center and parent/toddler groups offer programs that allow parents the chance to better understand the inner emotional lives of their children.



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