Author:Ryan Narramore

A Time for Reflection and Change

During this profound moment when we are seeing widespread community activism and support to protect and defend diversity, equity and inclusion, we acknowledge the injustices that have been experienced by so many in our country for far too long. Today, June 19, marks Juneteenth in observance of the 1865 emancipation of...

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Families celebrate National Adoption Month

[embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ik6lRRoIl6Y&t=6s[/embed] November is National Adoption Month, an important reminder of the need for forever families and a joyful celebration of happily-ever-after for the children who have found a permanent place to call home. More than 400,000 children in the United States are awaiting the opportunity for their own permanent family or home....

Is Halloween too scary for your young child?

[embed]https://youtu.be/yR-YT2Jam20[/embed] October has arrived and the ghouls and goblins will soon be here to play! It’s easy for adults to get swept up in traditional festivities and overlook some of the challenges that Halloween activities can pose for children, especially for those ages birth to 5. “Young children have an emerging capacity...

How to create a safe sleeping space for your baby

Creating a safe sleep environment is an important step to keeping your baby safe. Safe sleeping techniques may seem like common knowledge to a seasoned parent, but the skills to properly put a baby to sleep can elude first-time parents who haven’t had the opportunity to be educated on safe...

Valley high school STEM students competing in annual AT challenge

Southwest Human Development’s annual MAKERS of Change Assistive Technology Challenge presented by Nextiva Cares brings together Valley high school science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), coding and robotics teams to troubleshoot and create “real world” solutions using Internet of Things (IoT) technology that helps improve the lives of young children...

Statement on the Passing of John Whiteman

The Educare Arizona, Southwest Human Development and Balsz School District families were saddened to learn about the passing of John Whiteman. John had an enormous impact on early childhood education in Arizona and on the well-being of children in our state as a whole. John was an advocate for ensuring...

Care2Act encourages companies to forge community connections

Networking group provides for-profit companies with the tools, connections and support needed to increase community engagement One need not work for a nonprofit to make a notable impact in the surrounding community. That’s the sentiment behind a new initiative aimed at helping professionals at for-profit companies give back to the...

Parent Guide: Keeping your sanity during Spring Break

As parents, we love every minute we get to spend with our kids. Experiencing all their “firsts,” the funny (and sometimes clumsy) moments, but most of all, making family memories that will last a lifetime. But when the daily routines of family schedules—and yes, even that much-needed time we have to ourselves when the...

Walk With Me raises $132,000 for young children with disabilities

Southwest Human Development held its 11th Annual Walk With Me Family Fun Walk and Carnival on Saturday, Feb. 23, to benefit its Easterseals services for children with disabilities. The morning-long event featured fun activities for adults and kids of all ages, food and drinks, games, crafts and more! Sponsored by the Arizona Coyotes Foundation, Humana,...

Feeding playgroups help improve children’s relationship with food

Many children experience challenges when trying new foods. Some children’s reactions to new foods can include gagging, coughing, and sometimes even vomiting. Parents and families may not know that there are programs designed specifically for children with feeding difficulties. Over the past year, Southwest Human Development has hosted specialized parent-child feeding playgroups. These groups...