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Tips for keeping your child’s toys clean and sanitized

Young children aren’t usually concerned about where their toys have been. Whether their teething ring is on the floor, their rattler is in the dog’s mouth or their dinosaur is in the dirt outside, babies and toddlers won’t think twice before handling or biting down on their favorite toys when...

At-home lesson plans for parents and caregivers to use with their young children

For families throughout Arizona, the recent school and child care center closures have created an at-home learning environment where parents and caregivers are working to find ways to continue their children's development and education without a classroom. Our early childhood education experts on our Head Start and Early Head Start teams...

Parenting and supporting your family during the coronavirus crisis

As the coronavirus crisis has escalated over the past month, everyday life has changed for millions of people across the country and around the world. As parents cope with reduced work hours, the loss of their job, or are asked to work from home with child care centers shut down,...

Babies and toddlers ‘stroll’ to State Capitol on March 11 for Early Childhood Day

Annual advocacy day to feature first-ever Strolling Thunder™ Arizona; encourages policymakers to Think Babies™ The Arizona Early Childhood Alliance (AZECA) will host its Early Childhood Day on Wednesday, March 11, from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Arizona State Capitol. The annual day of advocacy brings together families and early childhood champions to...

5 steps to practice ‘serve and return’ with your child

Serve and return interactions shape brain architecture. When an infant or young child babbles, gestures, or cries, and an adult responds appropriately with eye contact, words, or a hug, neural connections are built and strengthened in the child’s brain that support the development of communication and social skills. The Center...

Mountain America and the Arizona Coyotes partner to support early childhood development

Mountain America Credit Union and the Arizona Coyotes have partnered to present the "Guiding You Forward" program to benefit Southwest Human Development. As the largest early childhood development nonprofit in Arizona, Southwest Human Development provides critical resources to 140,000 children and their families annually. “This new partnership with Mountain America Credit Union was brought about...

How to ease your child’s dental anxiety

February is National Children's Dental Health Month Healthy habits and behaviors are shared between family members. Love snacking on carrots and ranch? Enjoy riding your bike through the neighborhood? Chances are good that your kids do too. Dental anxiety is no different. It affects all ages and can be passed from one family member...

Children’s Developmental Center receives grant from Thunderbirds Charities to help families better access disabilities services

The Children’s Developmental Center at Southwest Human Development recently received a $50,000 grant from Thunderbirds Charities, the charitable giving arm of the Thunderbirds - hosts of the Waste Management Phoenix Open. This award will support intake coordination services that help families avoid visits to multiple specialists and assists them in...