Author:Alex Swartz

Raising A Reader continues supporting early literacy during the pandemic

Like many of our programs, Southwest Human Development’s Raising A Reader had to adapt to the COVID-19 health crisis. Raising A Reader is an early literacy program designed to educate parents about the importance of early literacy skills and how they can build these skills in their young children to...

ZERO TO THREE publishes 2021 State of Babies Yearbook; new Arizona data released

In April, ZERO TO THREE published its annual State of Babies Yearbook, which provides nationwide and state-by-state data on the well-being of infants and toddlers. ZERO TO THREE ensured that the data collected for the 2021 Yearbook reflected the widespread effects of the coronavirus pandemic on babies and their families. While the...

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...