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Hanna Perkins Center for Child Development

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Hanna Perkins Center for Child Development is a non-profit partner with parents, educators and mental health professionals to help children understand and manage their emotions for success in school and life.


Our services include:

  • Hanna Perkins School: State-chartered kindergarten, preschool, parent/toddler program and dedicated Autism Spectrum Disorders classroom for children 4-6.
  • Hadden Clinic for Children & Families: Mental health assessment, counseling and therapy from birth to 18, and for new moms struggling with postpartum depression.
  • Consultation and training with other schools and early learning centers. 
  • Continuing education for early learning educators, child care workers, social workers, mental health professionals and others who work with children on a daily basis.
  • Child psychoanalytic training: An official training program of the American Psychoanalytic Association, conducted in cooperation with the Cleveland Psychoanalytic Center.

Mission: Early childhood experiences shape a person’s entire life.

To foster the emotional well-being of children and their families and to help them master life’s challenges, the Hanna Perkins Center for Child Development promotes positive early learning experiences through educational and therapeutic services for children and parents; training and support for professionals and community-wide collaborations.


The HP Way: People who know Hanna Perkins describe an approach to helping children and families that is gentle and effective. Part of our culture since 1951, it is often referred to as The HP Way. It means:

1. We see each child as a complete person.
2. We understand behavior as a form of communication.
3. We give voice to feelings and thoughts.
4. We take time.
5. We provide help.
6. We involve family.

Click here for more insight about The HP Way.

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