Gingerbread Kids Holiday Gift Drive brings in gifts for nearly 1,000 Valley children

Each year, our individual and corporate supporters from around the Valley join us to achieve a simple common goal: Ensuring children in need receive holiday gifts during this special time of year. Southwest Human Development's annual Gingerbread Kids Holiday Gift Drive started with only one corporate sponsor and gifts for 50-100...

Balancing your child’s screen time

In the digital age, screen time is an increasingly-discussed topic among parents and early childhood experts. Between growing concerns about screen addiction and the emphasis placed on outdoor play, it's easy to write off children's use of tablets, computers and phones. But for parents and children's living in a world that...

Viral adoption story highlights importance of forever homes

On December 5, Kent County's Facebook page shared a photo from 5-year-old Michael's adoption hearing. And on social media, they say, everyone's hearts grew three sizes that day. Michael had brought his entire kindergarten class to his adoption finalization hearing! He wanted to share the joy he felt about joining his...

Picture books help build literacy

November is international Picture Book Month! Picture books are a fun, kid-friendly type of book, but don’t underestimate them! They can play a big role in a child’s literacy development. Photo courtesy of Raising A Reader Picture books are a big part of a young child’s foundation of literacy. Before children have...

Family Volunteer Day is almost here! Join us Saturday, Nov. 23!

Family Volunteer Day falls on Saturday, Nov. 23, this year and you're invited to join in on the fun! Family Volunteer Day, sponsored by Disney and Points of Light, is a chance for parents to demonstrate for their kids the importance of giving back to their community. Community volunteering also allows...

Family photo

Families celebrate National Adoption Month

[embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ik6lRRoIl6Y&t=6s[/embed] November is National Adoption Month, an important reminder of the need for forever families and a joyful celebration of happily-ever-after for the children who have found a permanent place to call home. More than 400,000 children in the United States are awaiting the opportunity for their own permanent family or home....

Annual Easterseals Golf Classic raises $81,400 for children with disabilities

Southwest Human Development held its 5th annual Easterseals Golf Classic on Thursday, Oct. 17, to benefit its Easterseals services for children with disabilities. The tournament, held at the Westin Kierland Golf Club in Scottsdale, featured 18 holes of golf, a silent auction and a $1,000 raffle! “The Easterseals Golf Tournament is...

Is Halloween too scary for your young child?

[embed]https://youtu.be/yR-YT2Jam20[/embed] October has arrived and the ghouls and goblins will soon be here to play! It’s easy for adults to get swept up in traditional festivities and overlook some of the challenges that Halloween activities can pose for children, especially for those ages birth to 5. “Young children have an emerging capacity...

How to create a safe sleeping space for your baby

Creating a safe sleep environment is an important step to keeping your baby safe. Safe sleeping techniques may seem like common knowledge to a seasoned parent, but the skills to properly put a baby to sleep can elude first-time parents who haven’t had the opportunity to be educated on safe...

Valley high school STEM students competing in annual AT challenge

Southwest Human Development’s annual MAKERS of Change Assistive Technology Challenge presented by Nextiva Cares brings together Valley high school science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), coding and robotics teams to troubleshoot and create “real world” solutions using Internet of Things (IoT) technology that helps improve the lives of young children...