Author:Alex Swartz

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...

Children’s Developmental Center assists families virtually and in person during pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has created additional challenges for many families who need support for children with developmental disabilities. At Southwest Human Development, our team has worked hard to adapt to the present circumstances. The Children’s Developmental Center created some systematic changes to help carry out its mission while keeping health...

Our most read blog posts of 2020

It's been a trying year for families. COVID-19 has led to high unemployment, closures of child care facilities, working/learning at home and a host of new challenges. Southwest Human Development has worked to support Arizona families this year, including by sharing advice and guidance from our early childhood experts. Here...

Safely celebrating Thanksgiving with your loved ones in 2020

During the coronavirus pandemic, many Americans remain uneasy about public outings and spending time with people from outside their households. With Thanksgiving Day almost here, some might be wondering how to celebrate the holidays while protecting their own health and the health of friends and family members, too. As cases...

Holiday gift drive brings joy and hope to Arizona children and families

Not all families can afford to buy gifts for their children during the holiday season. Southwest Human Development’s annual Gingerbread Kids Holiday Gift Drive provides holiday gifts for Arizona children in need across Arizona. Purchasing a gift may be a small purchase for donors, but the impact it makes for children...

Children’s play is more than just fun, it’s a chance to learn and grow together

Children’s play is more than meets the eye. To watch young children at play is to witness the spectrum of human emotions and interpersonal transactions: excitement, imaginativeness, concentration, exploration, collaboration, negotiation, frustration, conflict, disappointment and relational repair. Adults tend to equate children’s play with their own leisure activities, which are...

Finding parenting advice in an age of misinformation

Over the past few years and even more so throughout the past several months, relying on trustworthy, fact-based news sources has never been more important. With the ever-expanding amount of information available in what we read or see on social media, TV or the internet, we have to be careful...