Education and Literacy

Setting Children on a Path to Success


Research shows that all children benefit from a high-quality early childhood education experience, and that quality early education is especially important for children growing up in low-income families.

Our 30 years of experience with early childhood education and literacy programs help children enter school ready to learn. In fact, Southwest Human Development’s preschool Head Start and Early Head Start programs have been recognized nationwide as models.

Our early literacy programs help young children build the skills they need to become successful readers now, while laying the foundation for lifelong literacy.

  • Head Start is a free, comprehensive child development program serving low-income children ages birth through four, their families and expectant mothers. High-quality education and a wide array of services combine to help prepare children for success in school and life.
  • Raising A Reader is an eight-week early literacy program designed to educate parents about the importance of early literacy skills and how they can build these skills in their young children to help them enter school ready to learn.
  • Reach Out and Read promotes early literacy by bringing new books and information about the importance of reading aloud into the pediatric exam room. Reach Out and Read targets children who are growing up in poverty and often at risk for reading and school failure.
  • Literacy Communities help child care centers, family child care homes and other early childhood providers understand and promote early language and literacy in young children from birth to 5 years old.
  • Educare Arizona is part of a national network of early childhood centers that provide low-income children, ages birth to five, with comprehensive, high-quality education, family support and health care to set them on a path for success in school and in life.

NBC News' Education Nation On-The-Road Tour

Southwest Human Development was proud to work with NBC News' national Education Nation On-The-Road Tour in partnership with 12 News and The Arizona Republic. You can watch the complete Education Nation early childhood education and early literacy panel discussion below. Be sure to see the segment about Southwest Human Development's Raising A Reader program at 19 minutes 50 seconds!

Questions? Birth to Five HELPINE: 1-877-705-KIDS (5437) Place a callback request.

More than one-third of American children enter kindergarten without the basic language skills they will need to learn to read.


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