The first 2,000 days of a child’s life between birth and kindergarten are critical to development and their chances of lifelong health and well-being.

We are Arizona’s largest nonprofit dedicated to early childhood development serving 135,000 children and their families each year.

Our more than 900 caring and highly-qualified staff provide 40 early childhood programs and services to children, families and professionals in Arizona.

Gather your family and friends for a memorable morning of volunteering!


Families of all sizes with children of all ages are invited to volunteer their time and talents at Family Volunteer Day on Saturday, April 14 from 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. at Southwest Human Development.


Thanks in part to a grant from Build-A-Bear Foundation, Southwest Human Development is excited to present a fun opportunity to get your family involved in our work with Arizona’s children and families. The event will include several projects that will engage youth and adults of all ages and abilities.


We’d love to have your help for a memorable and fun-filled morning, reserve your slot now – spaces are filling fast!


Questions? Contact Annette Sutfin at (847) 366-4034 or


We’re here to help.

Our early childhood professionals are available to answer any questions you may have about young children ages 0-5 in the areas of child development, feeding, sleep, behavior and more.

Programs for Children & Families

Southwest Human Development offers more than 40 programs that support Arizona children and families with a special focus on ages 0-5.

Child Development and Mental Health

Supporting children’s early relationships and promoting healthy development.

Early Literacy & Head Start

Helping children enter school ready to learn through high-quality early childhood education programs.

Easterseals Disabilities Services

Providing comprehensive support, evaluation and intervention that best fits each child’s unique needs.

Family Support & Child Welfare

Offering families and caregivers support, counseling and resources critical to a child’s well-being.

The Martinez-Aguirre Family

“I see a difference between them and others not in the program. They’re learning basic skills like being the line leader or the door holder. Other kids don’t know their letters and numbers.”

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Early Childhood Professional Development Opportunities

We offer a variety of nationally-recognized professional development opportunities for people who work with young children including Quality First Coaching and Assessment, Smart Support Mental Health Consultation, Birth to Five Helpline for Professionals, Language and Learning Initiatives, and Early Care and Education Inclusion.

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Helping Arizona Children & Famillies

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