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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...

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...

‘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...

Celebrating Mother’s Day at home together

Mother’s Day will likely look pretty different this year. Many families will find themselves spending Mother’s Day at home instead of at their favorite brunch spot, park, concert venue or weekend destination. But with a little creativity, you can still show Mom just how much you appreciate her! Mother's Day is...

The impact of physical distancing on young children

Socializing with peers is an important part of a young child’s development. In addition to the friendships they build, toddlers and young children develop communication skills, emotional self-awareness, empathy and conflict management through their interactions with others their age. The coronavirus crisis has led to many families staying home with little...