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Making math a family thing

Strategies for parents and teachers on closing the math gap between home and school Recently overheard in a preschool classroom: Child 1: 100 is big.  Child 2: Infinity is really big.  Child 3: Infinity is counting forever.  Child 2: Zero means nothing.  Child 1: People who are 100 hit their heads on the ceiling. As this conversation suggests, little children have some...

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Volunteers needed for Camelback Ranch Spring Training games

Do you love baseball and are looking for a fun way to give back to your local community? Volunteers are needed to staff concession stands at Camelback Ranch Spring Training games throughout the month of March to support Valley nonprofit organizations. Southwest Human Development is partnering with Camelback Ranch to provide...

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Teach love and kindness to your child this Valentine’s Day

Beyond candies, chocolates and stuffed bears, Valentine's Day has a true meaning: The celebration of love. Make this Valentine's Day meaningful for your child by celebrating with lessons of love, kindness and learning. Share the love of literacy Reading a Valentine's Day-themed book is the perfect activity to kick off or end...

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Register Today: Help children like Sophia when you join Walk With Me

Southwest Human Development will host the 10th annual Walk With Me family fun walk and carnival on Saturday, Feb. 17, at Scottsdale Civic Center Park from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. The event will benefit our Easterseals services for young children with disabilities. Each year, Walk With Me makes an impact...

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From parenting to teaching to coaching, Virginia Dimas has done it all

[embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pr3uBtbYr0w&t=1s[/embed] [caption id="attachment_24250" align="alignleft" width="300"] Virginia Dimas (middle) and her son's Eddie (left) and Alfredo (right) participating in Southwest Human Development's Walk With Me event[/caption] Virginia Dimas is a wife, dedicated mother of two and a proud Arizona State University graduate. Dimas and her family journeyed from their roots in Acapulco, Mexico,...

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Helping professionals to better help children

More than a million neural connections are formed every second in a child's first few years of life, and 85 percent of a child’s brain is fully developed by age 3. A combination of both in-home and out-of-home experiences can positively or negatively impact that development. During this hypersensitive period of...

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Save the date: Walk With Me family fun walk to benefit children with disabilities

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V_LSQGC3mME&t=8s Walk With Me Presented by the Arizona Coyotes Foundation Southwest Human Development will host the tenth annual Walk With Me family fun walk and carnival to benefit the nonprofit’s Easterseals services for young children with disabilities. More than 1,500 community members are anticipated to participate in annual fundraising event. The morning festivities will feature...

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Conquering your parenting goals in 2018

It's a new year and what better time to establish a plan for conquering your 2018 parenting goals? Some parents find themselves with the desire to add to their parenting playbook, but may be unsure of where to start. There are a number of simple, impactful ways to make positive...

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Southwest Human Development receives $100,000 Pulliam grant

Southwest Human Development has received a two-year grant totaling $100,000 from the Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust for the expansion of its early language and literacy programs. Southwest Human Development’s early language and literacy programs are devoted to ensuring that all children and their families have the supports needed to prepare...

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Preschool Expulsion: The Promise of Preschool and How Arizona Children Are Missing Out

By Alison Steier, Ph.D. The promise of high-quality preschool goes well beyond learning colors, letters, numbers and how to cut with scissors. It represents a protected release—often the first release—for young children into the world outside the nuclear family, a gentle entry into more possibilities. Children in such a preschool environment have...