Early Childhood Training

Professional Development Opportunities


Southwest Human Development offers nationally recognized education and training programs to professionals and organizations working with young children across Arizona, the U.S. and internationally.

The agency is committed to training that is interactive and applicable to everyday work with children and families. Key elements include group participation, discussion of real-life problems and implementation of ideas learned during the training experience.

  • VIEW OUR TRAINING CATALOG featuring nearly 70 training workshops for early childhood professionals to support their work with young children.
  • Aim4Excellence™ National Director Credential Program provides a facilitated model of the online national director credential along with mentor support to early care and education directors.
  • Birth to Five Helpline Technical Assistance links callers to experts who provide telephone and email consultation in three main areas: child care health, early childhood mental health and inclusion of children with special needs.
  • 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.
  • Quality First is a coaching, assessment and ratings system designed to improve early care and education in Arizona so young children can begin school safe, healthy and ready to succeed.
  • Smart Support partners early childhood mental health consultants with child care providers to promote the social and emotional development of all children in care, and help providers respond to children with behavioral challenges.