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 Supply Drive

Southwest Human Development is partnering with The Arizona Republic and Famous Dave’s Phoenix-area locations to host the fifth annual Back-to-School Supply Drive, giving the community an opportunity to help children in need begin the school year with all of the tools they need for academic success.


Donate by going to our online donation cart or by bringing school supplies to a drop-off location.


As a special incentive during this school supply drive, anyone who not only donates supplies but also a new, book-size backpack at one of the Valley Famous Dave’s locations will receive a voucher for a free Georgia Chopped Pork Sandwich. Limit one voucher per person, please.


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.




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 our Inclusion Program.

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Helping Arizona Children & Families

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