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How caregivers can boost young brains

Five simple steps for stimulating interactions with young children — at home, in child care or in preschool. When adults react and respond to young children’s babbles, gestures and cries, they are doing more than providing good, nurturing care. They're actually laying the groundwork for children's future growth and development—helping to...

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How to thank teachers during Teacher Appreciation Week

High-quality educators make an incredible difference in the lives of children by providing knowledge, support, inspiration and so much more to the young minds who enter their classroom each day. Not only do teachers elevate children’s minds to reach their best potential, but they also ensure a foundation of knowledge...

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4 ways to celebrate Cinco de Mayo with your children

Cinco de Mayo commemorates the Mexican Army's victory over the French Empire at the Battle of Puebla, on May 5, 1862. In the U.S., the holiday is typically associated with the celebration of Mexican-American culture. While the Cinco de Mayo has an expansive history and is ceremonial at its core, parents...

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Dozens of Valley businesses participate in May #GrowAReader virtual book drive

Southwest Human Development's annual Grow A Reader virtual book drive ensures that kids in low-income communities receive the books they need to succeed in school. For families who struggle to make ends meet, purchasing new books simply does not compete with priorities like providing food, clothing and shelter. Children without access to...

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Why your child should visit the dentist by age 1

Scheduling an appointment with your child’s dentist before age 1 has many benefits. Families commonly have the misconception that children don’t need a dental visit until their first teeth emerge; however, the earlier visit the better. Visiting the dentist as an infant not only helps to form a bond with their...

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Phoenix student raises more than $400 to help kids with disabilities

Youth with giving spirits help to make the world a better place, no matter their age. Meet Aly, an incredible 10th-grader with a passion for helping children with disabilities. Aly chose Southwest Human Development for her school’s passion project assignment after learning about the agency’s programs and services through her participation...

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How to teach your child to protect the environment this Earth Day

Earth Day is a worldwide event dedicated to support environmental protection on Sunday, April 22. When children learn to appreciate the world from a young age, they are more likely to help protect our land for future generations to come. Generating a passion for the protecting planet early on makes a...

4 things to know about showing your support this Arizona Gives Day

Southwest Human Development is a participating nonprofit of Arizona Gives Day, an annual statewide online giving campaign that aims to raise awareness of local causes. The campaign helps to harness the power of collective giving and encourage the community to donate funds to local nonprofits that play a critical role...

April is National Autism Awareness Month

April is National Autism Awareness Month, a nationwide effort to promote autism awareness, inclusion and the highest possible quality of life for all. People are encouraged to share their stories on online media with the hashtag #StandUpForAutism to join the conversation and educate and inspire others. Autism spectrum disorder is a...

Arizona artists paint Little Free Libraries to support early literacy

More than 25 Arizona artists are painting Little Free Libraries to bring early literacy to neighborhoods across the Valley this spring! The one-of-a-kind Little Free Libraries are available for auction by texting READ to 27000* or visiting swhd.org/artist, and will be on display at the Scottsdale Culinary Festival Saturday, April...