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.

GROW A READER VIRTUAL BOOK DRIVE
Pick A Flower. Buy A Book. Grow A Reader!

Southwest Human Development is partnering with more than a dozen Valley businesses to help Grow A Reader – and you can too!

 

Three out of every five children in low-income communities don’t have a single children’s book to call their own.

 

When kids don’t have access to early literacy materials, they are more likely to face challenges in school as they enter school and prepare for their education. Parents don’t always have the resources to purchase new books for their children while also providing necessities like food, clothing and shelter.

 

When you purchase books for donation from our online shopping cart, you’re helping to get books into the hands of children who need them the most.

 

Plus, Grow A Reader virtual book drive donations are eligible for up to an $800 Arizona Charitable Tax Credit!

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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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