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.

BACK-TO-SCHOOL DRIVE
Donate new school supplies to help children in need

Southwest Human Development is hosting a back-to-school drive for Arizona children in need to help them begin the school year with all of the tools they need for academic success.

 

The National Retail Federation reports that back-to-school spending averages more than $670 per household. For families in low-income neighborhoods, that amount is insurmountable.

 

Help an Arizona child in need by purchasing school supplies from Southwest Human Development’s online shopping cart, or dropping new supplies off at participating business locations.

 

Back-to-school items can be dropped off at Southwest Human Development, 2850 N. 24th Street, Phoenix; or at any of the four Valley Famous Dave’s Restaurants: Chandler at 3250 W. Frye Rd.; Peoria at 16148 N. 83rd Ave., San Tan Village in Gilbert at 2206 E. Williams Field Rd. and Mesa Riverview at 1011 Dobson Rd.

 

Plus, when you donate through our online shopping cart, your donation is eligible for up to an $800 Arizona Charitable Tax Credit!

 

Donate School Supplies Online Today!

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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 and Head Start

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

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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