Beth Watson joins as new development director

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April 19, 2013

SHAKER HEIGHTS — The Hanna Perkins Center for Child Development has named Beth Watson its new Director of Development. She will be responsible for managing fundraising activities at the non-profit organization.

Watson comes to Hanna Perkins from Old Trail School in Bath, Ohio, where she served as Director of Alumni & Foundation Relations – a role with similar responsibilities. Prior to that, Watson also served in development positions at Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens and the Epilepsy Foundation of Northeast Ohio.

She holds a BA degree in communications from John Carroll University.

Watson said she joined Hanna Perkins because of its mission to promote the understanding of the inner emotional life of children.

“Having worked in a school environment for the last seven years, I am passionate about making a difference in children’s lives,” she said. “I have seen first-hand the difference that early intervention can make for a child. I am thrilled to be able to help raise funds for one of the organizations that does this best in our region.”

“Beth brings a level of energy and creativity, and a sense of mission that will help Hanna Perkins meet the funding challenges that small social-services organizations face today,” said Hanna Perkins CEO Karen Baer. “We’re pleased to have her on our team.”

About Hanna Perkins

Since 1951, The Hanna Perkins Center for Child Development has served children and families across Northeast Ohio by promoting understanding of the inner emotional life of children. Its work is founded on the knowledge that a child’s behavior is a means of communicating important feelings and emotions that he or she may not yet have the ability to put into words.

Located in the historic renovation of the former Malvern School in Shaker Heights, Hanna Perkins provides these services:

Hanna Perkins School, offering preschool, a state-chartered kindergarten, and parent/toddler classes. The school focuses on emotional intelligence – the ability to understand and manage feelings – which is regarded as a building block for other success skills.

Continuing education and training to teachers, day care providers, social workers and other child-care specialists across Northeast Ohio.

Hadden Clinic for Children & Families, providing developmental guidance and therapy for children and adolescents.

The Reinberger Parent Child Resource Center, offering drop-in play for young children and their parents/caregivers, and educational opportunities based on the Hanna Perkins approach to child development.

Child and Adolescent Psychoanalytic Training, through an intensive program that prepares professionals to provide psychoanalytic therapy to children and adolescents, and to work closely with children’s parents.




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