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Nurturing Little Minds: A Guide to Reading with Your Child from Birth to Five

Reading with your child isn't just about flipping through pages; it's about cultivating a love for stories, expanding their imagination, and laying the foundation for literacy skills. As your child grows, so do their needs and abilities. Let's explore best practices for reading to children from birth to five, tailored...

Spring Break Adventures with a Purpose

As the excitement of spring break approaches, parents everywhere are gearing up for a week of fun and relaxation with their little ones. It's the perfect opportunity to plan activities that not only entertain but also encourage development, learning, and philanthropy in children. This year, why not make spring break...

The Power of Play

As adults, we often find ourselves marveling at the boundless energy and curiosity of the children in our lives. From the moment they come into this world, children are like sponges, eagerly soaking up knowledge from their surroundings. One of the most powerful ways they learn and grow is through...

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September Shines a Spotlight on Baby Safety

September is Baby Safety Month, a time dedicated to raising awareness about the importance of keeping our youngest family members safe and secure. As a parent, ensuring your child's well-being is paramount, but that can be especially daunting and nerve-wracking with babies. In this blog post, we'll explore essential baby...

Postpartum Depression in the News

The recent FDA approval of the first pill specifically intended to treat postpartum depression which affects roughly 1 in 7 women who have given birth according to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.  Nearly half are not diagnosed due to lack of screening and reporting.      As Arizona's largest nonprofit...

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The Strongest Start for Every Child: Navigating Expectant Parents’ Top Worries

Expectant parents often experience a mix of excitement and anxiety as they prepare for the arrival of their baby. As Arizona's largest nonprofit dedicated to early childhood development, Southwest Human Development offers many programs fueled by evidence-based practices to support expectant and new parents in tackling these problems with confidence....

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Setting the Stage for Success: The Birth to 5 Guide for Getting Ready for School

From the moment your child is born, they embark on an incredible journey of growth and development. These early years lay the foundation for their future success in school and beyond. It's crucial to focus on their overall development during this period. Encourage exploration, provide a nurturing environment, and stimulate...

Grow A Reader: Because Books Still Matter

In the digital age, children’s books for early readers can seem like an archaic, ineffective tool when compared to tablets with flashy buttons, interactivity and animations to promote literacy. At Southwest Human Development, we know that books are not only a traditional way to get children introduced to reading and...

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