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Not For Profit Charity

The Hanen Centre is a not-for-profit charitable organization with a difference. We are a social entrepreneur, operating our business for a clear social purpose – to enable young children to develop the best possible language and literacy skills. Founded in 1975 by Ayala Hanen Manolson, a speech-language pathologist who saw the potential of involving parents in their child’s early language intervention, The Hanen Centre is  dedicated to addressing a pressing social problem – delays in language development in young children, including children with developmental delays and autism.

A language delay has a significant impact on the child, his family and society as a whole. Language delay is the most common developmental disorder and is 3-4 times more common in boys than in girls. Approximately 5-8% of preschool children experience a delay in their language development that continues into adulthood, highlighting the fact that many children don't "grow out of it" as is commonly thought. Language delay can affect academic performance and achievement, social relationships, can cause behaviour problems and make it more difficult for adults to find employment.

Knowing that the window of opportunity is greatest when children are very young, we must harness the commitment of parents and professionals to give children the chance to develop the language they need to succeed socially and academically.

Not content to accomplish this on a small, local scale, The Hanen Centre has developed a business model, which is designed to help us achieve our social goal in many parts of the world. The sales of our train-the-trainer workshops, educational resources and membership dues enable us to support our operations, as well as our research and development.

Local government funding

The Hanen Centre’s service entities receive funding at the local level in Ontario. We gratefully acknowledge the support of the following government departments:

Ontario Ministry of Community and Social Services - funds The Hanen Centre to offer Hanen Programs® for parents of children with language delays in Toronto

Ontario Ministry of Children and Youth Services:

  • funds The Hanen Centre to coordinate preschool speech and language services for the South Quadrant of Toronto Preschool Speech and Language Services (50,000 preschool children)
  • funds The Hanen Centre to provide subsidized training and support for speech-language pathologists and supportive personnel in Ontario’s Preschool Speech and Language Program
The City of Toronto, Children’s Services Division – funds Hanen training and support for Early Childhood Educators in Toronto