For more than 60 years, The Hanna Perkins Center for Child Development has contributed to the healthy emotional development of children and families throughout Northeast Ohio and beyond.
Mission: To promote the understanding of the inner emotional life of children through collaboration with their families, educators, pediatricians and mental health professionals.
Parents of children in treatment at the Hadden Clinic are part of the treatment team – working with the therapist and applying new understanding at home and other social settings.
Hanna Perkins School maintains a 6-to-1 student-teacher ratio, assuring an extraordinary level of personalized attention to each child.
Emotional intelligence: The ability to understand and manage feelings. It is the foundation for all other success skills, including self-discipline, self-advocacy, learning, working and forming healthy relationships.
The on-site Hershey Foundation Butterfly Garden is a learning garden nurtured by students, and provides 50% of the vegetables used in the Hanna Perkins kitchen.
A positive first-time experience with school will set the stage for future learning and the ability to make friends. With a team-based approach, Hanna Perkins gently guides each child through this transition.
Year after year, the generosity of our donors and grantors makes it possible for The Hanna Perkins Center to continue its work with children and families.
The right start lasts a lifetime.
Preschool, kindergarten and parent/toddler programs that focus emotional intelligence – the ability to understand and manage feelings.
A challenging and engaging academic curriculum individualized for the needs of each child.
A unique team approach – both gentle and effective – applying a wealth of expert resources toward each child's success.
A historically preserved facility offering large spaces, natural light and other amenities.
Dedicated to helping parents understand their child's behavior to be a form of communication.
Offerings for parents and families include:
Reinberger Parent/Child Resource Center, where parents and children can play with their children to encourage mastery of age-appropriate skills.
Hadden Clinic, offering evaluation, treatment and parent guidance for children and adolescents.
Research, articles, a blog and other useful resources.
Offering 3 types of service to professionals.
1. Continuing education and consultation for early childhood educators, care providers, child life workers, clinicians and others who attend to the needs of children.
2. Accepting referrals from physicians, psychologists, child advocates and others who see children with issues that may affect their overall wellbeing.
3. Analytic training for practitioners interested in child analysis.