Media Coverage




    • Raising A Reader programs held in Scottsdale thanks to a generous contribution by The Charro Foundation were featured by Independent Newspapers.


    • Southwest Human Development ranked No. 8 on the Phoenix Business Journal’s Women-Owned Businesses listing.


    • Protecting Arizona’s Family Coalition talked with Southwest Human Development’s Tanya Abdellatif about voter engagement and the families we serve.



    • Southwest Human Development partnered with Safeway for an appearance on 12 News Today to promote the grocer’s August “People with Disabilities Campaign.”


    • Safeway featured Southwest Human Development in the company’s district-wide newsletter to more than 116 stores throughout Arizona and New Mexico.



    • Ginger Ward was named one of the “Fifty Most Influential Women in Business” by AZ Business Magazine.


    • Kendra Smiley, head of Southwest Human Development’s early literacy programs, was on ABC 15’s Sonoran Living Live talking about back-to-school reading with children.


    • The Jewish News of Greater Phoenix reported on a Families Giving Back volunteer event, which supplied back-to-school backpacks for young children in need.


    • Southwest Human Development’s Raising A Reader Program, which provides books and early literacy skills to low-income families, was featured in The Arizona Republic.


    • Suzanne Schunk offered tips to The Arizona Republic about window blind safety for families with young children.


    • Foothills Club West Homeowners Association wrote about the Birth to Five Helpline and Fussy Baby Program to help educate its 2,400-family community.


    • Jake Adams, Southwest Human Development’s new chief development officer, was featured in the Phoenix Business Journal.



    • The ADAPT Shop Open House honoring Thunderbird Charities’ $100,000 donation was covered by The Red Book.


    • Photos from the Dillard’s charity fashion show benefiting Southwest Human Development were featured by Frontdoors News.


    • The Red Book featured photos of Southwest Human Development’s charity fashion show at Dillard’s, which raised $16,700 for early childhood programs and services.



    • Suzanne Schunk spoke with ASU News about Healthy Families and advocating for child welfare programs in Arizona.


    • Southwest Human Development’s annual Walk With Me fundraiser was featured by Blacktie Arizona.


    • Scottsdale Moms Blog helped promote Southwest Human Development’s Walk With Me fundraising event that support young children with disabilities.


    • CEO Ginger Ward talked with Paradise Valley Life Magazine about starting Southwest Human Development, her vision and future plans.


    • Maggie and her family talked with Raising Arizona Kids Magazine about Walk With Me and their focus on hope.



    • Southwest Human Development was named one of the Healthiest Employers in the Valley by the Phoenix Business Journal.


    • Walk With Me, Southwest Human Development’s annual fundraiser for children with disabilities, was featured in InBusiness Magazine.


    • 12 News and The Arizona Republic spoke with Ashley Kelly, a family support specialist at Southwest Human Development, about changes needed at CPS.


    • Public News Service interviewed Southwest Human Development’s Ashley Kelly about her experiences working at CPS in Zero Hour for Children in State Budget Battle.


    • Reporting on a new ACE Study report, 12 News featured one of Southwest Human Development’s families who participates in the Healthy Families program.


    • The Phoenix Business Journal featured Southwest Human Development in an article about the Delta Dental of Arizona Foundation and the importance of oral health.


    • Southwest Human Development’s Newborn Intensive Care Program was featured in the LivingWell section of The Arizona Republic.



    • Read in The Red Book how Delta Dental of Arizona Foundation granted $455,000 to nonprofits, including to Southwest Human Development.

The Phoenix Business


    • Journal featured the ADAPT Shop expansion thanks to a $100,000 grant from Thunderbirds Charities.

Thunderbirds Charities’ $100,000 grant to Southwest Human


    • Development was featured byFrontdoors Magazine.

As part of our on-going partnership with First Things First, The Verde Independent reported on new, collaborative meetings that are held to improve outcomes for young children.



    • 92.3 KTAR-FM’s Sandra Haros talked with Alison Steier, Ph.D., co-director of Southwest’s Mental Health Services, about early intervention and how it can help mentally-troubled kids.


    • Suzanne Schunk, VP of Family Support Services at Southwest Human Development, spoke with CBS 5’s Jason Barry about how child advocates want more details on CPS changes.




    • Wells Fargo’s generous toy donation to Southwest Human Development’s Head Start program was featured by the Phoenix Business Journal.


    • Southwest Human Development was ranked by the Phoenix Business Journal as the No. 4 “Best Place to Work” in the Valley.


    • Andrea White, one of Southwest Human Development’s program managers, talked with The Arizona Republic about calls for change at CPS.



    • Southwest Human Development’s Suzanne Schuck sat down in-studio with CBS 5’s Nicole Crites to talk about continued reaction and response to 6,000 univestigated CPS cases.


    • Amid reports of 6,000 suspected child abuse cases that went uninvestigated by CPS, Southwest Human Development’s Suzanne Schunk spoke with 12 News outside of the


    • Senate Oversight Committee meeting looking into the matter.


    • Southwest Human Development was featured in the Phoenix Business Journal as one of more than 100 companies nominated as one of the Valley’s “Best Places to Work.”



    • The Phoenix Business Journal ranked Southwest Human Development No. 8 among all Phoenix nonprofit organizations, No. 2 in Cultural/Educational.


    • Southwest Human Development’s Suzanne Schunk spoke with The Arizona Republic aboutmore than 5,000 Arizona families affected by the federal government shutdown.


    • Mindy Zapata, Southwest Human Development’s director of Head Start, spoke with The Arizona Republic about how Head Start programs may be affected by the government shutdown.



    • Southwest Human Development’s Birth to Five Helpline was featured by The Daily Courier in an article titled, “Instructions not included: Helpline a lifesaver for parents of young children.”


    • Taste of Tuscany event to benefit Southwest Human Development.


    • Southwest Human Development ranked fifth largest women-owned business by the Phoenix Business Journal.


    • Southwest Human Development’s Mindy Zapata talked with The Arizona Republic about recent federal budget cuts hurting early childhood programming.



    • Southwest Human Development’s Dr. Daniel B. Kessler wins Phoenix Business JournalHealth Care Heroes award in the Physician category.


    • in Maricopa News talked with Alison Steier, Ph.D., co-director of mental health services, for an article titled, “Off Screen: This Brady bunch a no-TV family.”


    • Dr. Daniel B. Kessler, medical director of the Children’s Developmental Center, named a finalist for the 2013 Health Care Heroes awards.



    • ABC 15’s Sonoran Living Live invited Mindy Zapata on the show to talk about back-to-school tips for parents on a successful transition to the new year.


    • Mindy Zapata spoke with the North Valley Independent about preparing for back to school success.


    • Mindy Zapata, Southwest Human Development’s director of Head Start, offers back to school tips for parents in Frontdoors.


    • Scottsdale Living featured Mindy Zapata, Southwest Human Development’s director of Head Start, who talked about back to school and helpful tips for parents.


    • Experience AZ talked about Mindy Zapata’s helpful back to school tips for parents.
    • The Deer Valley Times provided Mindy Zapata’s back to school tips for getting kids started right in the new school year.


    • Southwest Human Development partners with McDonald’s to give away backpacks.
    • The Phoenix Business Journal listed Southwest Human Development’s new board leadership – including our new President Mark Anderson, Vice President Karen Ramos,


    • Treasurer Bill Barba and Secretary Phil Hugus – as well as our new board members – Dina Barlett, Jessica Catlin, David Iwanski and Ann Tyburski.



    • Southwest Human Development’s Mindy Zapata spoke with The Arizona Republic aboutArizona still lagging in child welfare, following the release of the annual Kids Count survey that ranked Arizona No. 47.


    • Delta Dental hands out more than $450,000 in Arizona grants, Southwest Human Development receives $15,000.


    • The Arizona Republic, 12 News and Education Nation partnered to host a book drive for Southwest Human Development’s Reach Out and Read program.



    • NPR’s Christopher Connelly talked with Southwest Human Development’s Suzanne Schunk about children who are aging out of Arizona’s foster care system.



    • The Arizona Republic’s Eugene Scott wrote about Phoenix museum subsidy aids for low-income children. The program is sponsored by Southwest Human Development, along with SRP and Valley of the Sun United Way.


    • Education Nation bus rolls into Chandler; Southwest Human Development to benefit from book drive.


    • As part of NBC’s national Education Nation On-the-Road tour, 12 News and The Arizona Republic are holding a book drive to benefit Southwest Human Development’s Reach Out and Read Program.


    • Dr. Kessler, medical director of Southwest Human Development’s Children’s Developmental Center, talked with The Arizona Republic’s Eugene Scott about how autism is diagnosed.


    • Frontdoors covered Southwest Human Development’s May walk to benefit children with disabilities.


    • The Deer Valley Times wrote a story about Southwest Human Development’s upcomingEaster Seals family fun walk.



    • Southwest Human Development’s Tina Martin was on 3TV’s Good Morning Arizona to talk about the ADAPT Shop and Safeway’s April fundraising campaign.


    • Arizona’s Independent Newspapers covered free cupcakes at all Safeway locations to raise money for Easter Seals and Special Olympics.


    • Safeway’s free cupcake day supporting people with disabilities received some coverage from KVOA in Tucson.


    • The Explorer wrote a story about Safeway’s people with disabilities campaign benefiting Easter Seals Southwest Human Development and Special Olympics Arizona.


    • The Phoenix Business Journal announced Safeway’s April fundraising effort benefiting children with disabilities.



    • Raising Arizona Kids featured an editorial written by one of Southwest Human Development’s kinship care managers about kinship families struggling to make ends meet



Southwest Human Development was mentioned in an article by The Arizona Republic aboutCPS programs for struggling parents.




      • Lin Sue Cooney of 12 News talked with Rose Phillips, a Southwest Human Development child trauma expert, about how parents can talk with their children about the tragedy in Connecticut.


    • Rose Phillips, a child trauma expert at Southwest Human Development, spoke with CBS 5’s Sean McLaughlin about the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut.


    • Raising Arizona Kids spotlighted Southwest Human Development’s early literacy programs and how the community can help this holiday season.



    • KTAR’s Karie & Chuck spoke with Southwest Human Development about #GivingTuesday.
    • Southwest Human Development’s #GivingTuesday effort was featured live on ABC15 Mornings and ABC15 News at 11am.


    • Phoenix Business Journal article titled nonprofits, charities hope to gain after Black Friday with Giving Tuesday featured Southwest Human Development.


    • The Birth to Five Helpline was featured in an article for parents by Wrangler News talking about early childhood development and education.


    • Southwest Human Development’s Portraits of Opportunity photography exhibition was featured in Raising Arizona Kids.


    • Jean Higginbotham honored for excellence in philanthropy by the Greater Arizona Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals.



    • The Phoenix Business Journal announced the appointment of Lori Sundberg, Mark Anderson, Karen Ramos and Bill Barba to the Board of Directors Executive Committee, as well as the addition of Jen DeStefano, Gasper Genovese, Elaine Armfield, Max Axler and Jodalee Ebaugh to the Board of Directors.


    • The Red Book covered “Jewels and Jetsetting” – a new fundraising event for Southwest Human Development – that launched the agency’s premier Giving Society.



    • Southwest Human Development Preschool Head Start teams up with Childsplay’s EYEPlay literacy program thanks to Helios Education Foundation grant.



    • The Arizona Republic featured Alondra and her daughter, Azziana, one of Southwest’s Head Start families, in a story about how preschool services help at-risk parents and children.



    • PBS Literacy Fair aimed at keeping children reading was featured in The Arizona Republic.
    • Southwest Human Development receives Arizona Republic Charities grant.


    • Suzanne Schunk talked with AZ-TV’s Pat McMahon about what people can do to prevent child abuse on “Morning Scramble.”


    • The Arizona Republic spoke with Suzanne Schunk about spotting child abuse and what people can do to help.


    • Angelica Vilaverde and Mindy Zapata went in-studio with 3TV’s Ryan O’Donnell to talk about Angelica’s White House “Champion of Change” honor.


    • FOX 10’s Diane Ryan visited Angelica Vilaverde at the Educare campus to find out more about her prestigious White House honor.


    • Arizona State University’s ASU News covered Angelica Vilaverde’s trip to Washington to be recognized as a “Champion of Change.”


    • Angelica Vilaverde spoke with 3TV in Washington, DC after being honored by the White House as a Head Start “Champion of Change.”


    • Alison Steier, Ph.D. talked with 12 News about how parents can help their children better manage emotional stress.


    • 3TV profiled Bueno Burger’s father-child UNO tournament benefiting Easter Seals Southwest Human Development.



    • Alison Steier, Ph.D. offers parents tips on managing worry in Raising Arizona Kids’ May issue.


    • Suzanne Schunk talks with The Arizona Republic as it examines Arizona’s courts overloaded with CPS cases.


    • 12 News spoke with Alison Steier, Ph.D. about attachment parenting and the controversial TIME Magazine cover.



    • know99 Television recently talked with Southwest Human Development’s Eva Lester about the Raising a Reader program. Raising a Reader educates parents about the importance of early literacy skills.



    • Arizona’s Family, 3TV News, featured Soliz and Camila who received customized chairs made by our ADAPT Shop.  Before the ADAPT Shop these siblings, who have a rare genetic syndrome, couldn’t sit up by themselves.



    • The Arizona Republic wrote about Jessica Diaz, her son, Victor, Jr., and our Healthy Families program.


    • Lorenzo Azzi, Ph.D. returns to the managing meltdowns issue in Raising Arizona Kids withPart 2: Understanding ‘Giving In’.



    • In Raising Arizona Kids, Douglas Albrecht, Ph.D. offers help and support for parents with kids who are going through a biting phase.


    • Helping your child cope with meltdowns can be difficult for any parent. Here are some tips from Lorenzo Azzi, Ph.D. offered to Raising Arizona Kids readers.


    • Southwest’s Daniel B. Kessler, M.D. sat down for a Q&A podcast with Raising Arizona Kids magazine to talk about respecting individual differences.




    • The Arizona Republic features the Cortez family, whose participation in the Raising A Reader program helped develop a love of reading in their two year old daughter.



    • This Raising Arizona Kids article by Terrance Matteo, Ph.D. advises parents to trust their instincts when it comes to their children’s development.


    • Terrance Matteo, Ph.D. explores the feeding relationship in the November issue of Raising Arizona Kids magazine.



    • myLIFE highlights how the ADAPT Shop is making a difference for children with disabilities using high and low tech solutions.


    • Raising Arizona Kids showcases some of the families who participated in the third annualPortraits of Opportunity fundraiser and exhibit.


    • PBS’ Horizonte news features Portraits of Opportunity and shares how this exhibit tells the stories of children served by Southwest Human Development.



    • Terrance Matteo, Ph.D. shares tips for parents on how to Help your baby to a good night’s sleep in Raising Arizona Kids magazine.


    • Raising Arizona Kids founder Karen Barr shared her experience in attending the Children’s Developmental Center open house.


    • Photography featuring families with children with disabilities are on display at ASU’s Downtown Phoenix campus 411 Gallery.



    • Business Journal highlights Dr. Daniel B. Kessler’s new position as medical director at the Children’s Developmental Center.


    • The Healthy Families program was featured on Good Morning Arizona as a proven method to prevent child abuse and neglect.



    • Newly-opened ADAPT Shop offers children with disabilities and their families individualized adaptive supports that can be designed just for them and for their specific needs.


    • Children’s Developmental Center provides team-based, coordinated care for young children with developmental and behavioral problems.




    • Trudi Murch, Ph.D. has co-authored Reflective Supervision and Leadership in Infant and Early Childhood Programs, a comprehensive resource for supervisors of programs for infants, toddlers, preschoolers and their families.



    • Mesa Republic story about how the Healthy Families program helped a local woman be the mom she wanted to be.



    • ABC 15 features the Fussy Baby program and its services help parents with babies who cry excessively.


  • Helpline answers parents’ questions about kids from birth through age five – a recent article in the East Valley Tribune discusses this free resource for parents and caregivers.


    • The Examiner discusses how the second annual Walk With Me event will benefit services for children with disabilities.


    • As an Easter Seals affiliate, Southwest Human Development offers an impressive selection of services for children with disabilities, featured in the Examiner.


    • The story of how Southwest Human Development made a difference in the life of Destiny is told in the Examiner.



    • The Arizona Republic features Raising A Reader – the new early literacy program brought to affordable living communities by Southwest Human Development.




    • The Arizona Republic interviews parents who, through the help of the Fussy Baby program, are now able to get their triplets to sleep each night.



    • The Arizona Republic interviews four families who have benefited from Southwest Human Development services and had their stories shared at the first annual Portraits of Opportunity event.


    • The Gonzalez family’s work with Southwest Human Development’s Healthy Families program to hone their parenting skills is featured in the West Valley View.


    • ABC 15 features Portraits of Opportunity and shares how the exhibit captures Valley children’s triumphs and success.

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