Author:Alex Swartz

MAKERS is back! High school STEM challenge benefits young children with disabilities

Assistive technology solutions created to benefit young children with disabilities Southwest Human Development recently launched its annual MAKERS of Change Assistive Technology Challenge benefiting the organization’s services for young children with disabilities. Now in its third year, the MAKERS of Change Assistive Technology Challenge engages high school students to advance their STEM...

8 must-have resources for preschool and child care programs

The coronavirus pandemic has had a devastating impact on the preschool and child care industry throughout Arizona and across the country. Whether programs have temporarily closed or remained open, preschools and child care centers are facing numerous programmatic and financial challenges. At the onset of the crisis, Southwest Human Development immediately...

Helping children manage anxiety amid big changes

Whether it's staying home more often or starting a new school year, big changes can give children anxiety. In an interview with ABC15 Arizona, Dr. Alison Steier, director of Mental Health Services and the Harris Institute at Southwest Human Development, discussed helping children manage anxiety during big changes. Click the image...

ZERO TO THREE publishes 2020 ‘State of Babies Yearbook,’ new Arizona report

ZERO TO THREE recently published its 2020 State of Babies Yearbook, which includes new data for Arizona. ZERO TO THREE's annual report compares "national and state-by-state data on the well-being of infants and toddlers." The yearly overview highlights the importance of policy building a foundation for babies' and toddlers' future...

‘Sesame Street’ addresses COVID-19, racism in town hall TV specials

Since 1969, "Sesame Street" has worked to be a positive, educational resource for young children. Guided by child development experts, the show often addresses topics like race, class, gender, religion and disabilities to teach children the values of diversity and inclusion. And when serious topics have made their way into...

Advancing equity in the early childhood workforce

ZERO TO THREE Fellows Natasha Byars (Southwest Human Development), Raquel Munarriz Diaz (Lastinger Center for Learning at the University of Florida) and Sandipan Paul (UNICEF Pacific) collaborated on a ZERO TO THREE journal article focusing on advancing equity in the early childhood workforce, which was published in May 2020. The...