Author:Alex Swartz

Child abuse prevention resources for early childhood professionals and families

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month, raising awareness of the importance of resources and services to help families and communities work together to prevent child abuse and neglect. According to the Child Welfare Information Gateway, "The single most important thing we can do is support families all year long...

PNC Foundation supports early literacy initiatives and parenting resources

Nearly two out of every three children in low-income communities don’t own a single children’s book, a fact that ultimately could have profound impacts even before entering kindergarten. “Research shows that all children benefit from a high-quality early childhood education experience, and that quality early education is especially important for children...

ZERO TO THREE virtual series discusses addressing systemic racism and inequities

Last month, we highlighted ZERO TO THREE's first of two virtual sessions of “Continuing the Dialogue: Infants and Toddlers Face Racism Too.” The webinar featured three child development specialists speaking about the history of developmental research, structural racism’s effects on child development and how biases are formed in early childhood. Read...

Mountain America Credit Union and the Arizona Coyotes return to support early literacy and disabilities programs

For the second year in a row, Mountain America Credit Union and the Arizona Coyotes have partnered for their “Guiding You Forward” program that supports Southwest Human Development's early literacy and assistive technology programs. "Mountain America is pleased to continue our support of Southwest Human Development through our Guiding You Forward program with the Arizona...

Walk With Me fundraiser for kids with disabilities returns in March

Participants encouraged to be creative as they raise funds for young children with disabilities Residents of the Valley of the Sun are invited to join Southwest Human Development and presenting sponsor, the Arizona Coyotes, for the 13th annual Walk With Me from March 15-20, 2021. The event will be a week...

ZERO TO THREE virtual series continues the early childhood dialogue on race

ZERO TO THREE hosted the first of two virtual sessions of “Continuing the Dialogue: Infants and Toddlers Face Racism Too.” The webinar was led by ZERO TO THREE’s Sarah LeMoine, MS, and Maria Spriggs, MPH. As part of this session, three child development specialists spoke about the history of developmental...

Foster your child’s curiosity and early math skills with STEAM activities

What is STEAM? STEAM stands for science, technology, engineering, art and math. It’s an interdisciplinary teaching strategy that provides the opportunity to learn about science and math subjects in ways that foster creativity, imagination and a passion for learning. What’s the difference between STEAM and STEM? STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and...

Apologizing to our children models accountability

Parents often ask their children to apologize to others. “Say you’re sorry for taking your sister’s toy without asking,” or “Apologize to your friend for calling him a mean word,” for example. When it comes to apologizing to our children, some parents may feel uncomfortable. We might think that our children...