Hanna Perkins selected to make elite funding pitch

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Aug. 27, 2015

SHAKER HEIGHTS – The Hanna Perkins Center For Child Development has been selected to participate in the 2015 “bigBANG! Fast-Pitch” competition hosted by Social Venture Partners Cleveland (SVP).

Hanna Perkins will use the opportunity to seek funding and exposure for its new “My Mad Feelings” curriculum – a program designed to head off bullying in later years by addressing red-flag behaviors that appear as early as preschool and kindergarten. According to emerging research, early childhood is the best time to begin working with children to prevent bullying.

“Children who learn at an early age where their angry feelings are coming from and how to express them appropriately, tend to do better in school and social situations,” said Hanna Perkins Therapist Victoria Todd, LISW-S, a child and adolescent psychoanalyst and developer of the program. “They learn to advocate for themselves without being hurtful to others. Children who don’t learn these skills are more likely to cope with their anger in ways that result in being disciplined or punished. By the time they reach adolescence, these behaviors are recognized as bullying and may hurt their chances for success.”

bb-header-3Through bigBANG!, Hanna Perkins will seek funding to develop trainers who can teach early childhood educators to use the curriculum effectively, according to Karen Baer, Hanna Perkins CEO. The training meets the social emotional early learning content standards set by the Ohio Department of Education.

bigBANG! offers a two-month mentoring program for innovative non-profits that are effecting social change in Cleveland. Only about eight organizations are accepted each year “based on their innovative approaches to creating social change and their potential for significant positive community impact,” said to Hilary Sparks-Roberts, SVP Cleveland’s executive director. “These non-profits receive tailored Fast Pitch coaching from SVP’s volunteer professionals who help them tell their story succinctly and powerfully.”

The program culminates with the “Fast Pitch” competition on Nov. 4, 2015 – a rapid-fire series of presentations during which participants have just four minutes to share the mission, vision and impact of their organization with the audience. Audience votes determine which non-profits will receive a cash prize.

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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 all focused 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 consultation and support for parents and other 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.


Twitter: @hannaperkinsctr




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