About Us


Our Mission

Southwest Human Development strengthens the foundation Arizona’s children need for a great start in life.


Our Vision

A positive future for every child.


Our Values

The Core Values of Southwest Human Development (SWHD) embody the agency’s commitment to services that uplift the lives of children, families and other care providers, and the communities in which they live. They are further intended to guide the professional development, ethical conduct and skilled practice of all of our staff, whatever their specific role within the agency. All staff are valued as making essential contributions to the agency’s overall mission of “strengthening the foundation that Arizona’s children need for a great start in life.” The Core Values are meant to describe expectations for staff as well as aspirations.


    • High Quality Services
    • Lifelong Learning
    • Social Justice
    • Partnership
    • Reflective Practice
    • Innovation
    • Responsible Stewardship


EDI Statement

Southwest Human Development embraces the diversity of its team as one of its greatest resources. The centrality of equity, diversity and inclusion is reflected in the agency’s Core Values. Our team is encouraged and supported to intentionally promote social justice and address inequities, as they affect our organization and the families and communities we serve.

Our Work

The first five years of life are the most critical in a child’s development. At Southwest Human Development, our services improve lives and help families by supporting young children and their caregivers during this important time.


In partnership with families, we provide children with the care, attention and support needed to set them on a path to success in school and life, and help them reach their fullest capabilities.


We are Arizona’s largest nonprofit organization dedicated to early childhood development and our 900 staff members provide 40 programs and services to 140,000 children, families and professionals each year in the areas of:








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Southwest Human Development is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization (Federal Tax ID #86-0407179) and a qualifying nonprofit organization for the Arizona Charitable Tax Credit (QCO Code 20390)

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