Support inclusion this April with Bashas’

Join Bashas' in celebrating Champions for Inclusion this April! All month long, Bashas' customers can support three local charities making a difference for people with disabilities – Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center, Special Olympics Arizona and Southwest Human Development, the Easterseals affiliate for central and northern Arizona. Southwest Autism Research...

Early childhood training: The Effects of Domestic Violence on Children

In recognition of April as National Child Abuse Prevention Month, the Greater Phoenix Child Abuse Prevention Council and Southwest Human Development present a free training on Thursday, April 14th for early childhood professionals: The Effects of Domestic Violence on Children. Children who witness or are victims of abuse are more likely...

Arizona families make their voices heard at Strolling Thunder

Annual advocacy day encourages policymakers to Think Babies™ Southwest Human Development joined the Arizona Early Childhood Alliance (AZECA) for the annual Early Childhood Day on Thursday, Feb. 24. The day of advocacy brings together families and early childhood champions to raise awareness of the importance of a child’s earliest years. The event featured Strolling...

Meet Our Thrive to 5 Playfest Ambassadors

At Southwest Human Development, our services improve lives and help families by supporting young children and their caregivers during the first five years of life. These services are supported in part by our upcoming Thrive to 5 Playfest on Saturday, March 12. Here are just a few of the children whose...

5 Spring Break family attractions in Phoenix

Spring Break is a welcome respite for parents and children. The stress and burnout experienced by families during the pandemic have made breaks especially appreciated. Whether you haven't made Spring Break plans or your plans were canceled due to surging COVID-19 cases, there is plenty of fun right here in...

#DadTips: Fathers’ unique impact on child development

Involved, caring parents and caregivers build the foundation for their child’s development and future success. Fathers have often been stereotyped as “secondary” parents with some even considering the role as disconnected or not as important as mothers. We know that simply isn't the case! Did you know that fathers play...

Gingerbread Kids gift drive provides holiday cheer to nearly 1,700 Valley children

During the holidays, gifts can express our appreciation and care for those closest to us. For kids, unwrapping a new toy or outfit can light up their faces and homes with smiles. Southwest Human Development’s annual Gingerbread Kids Holiday Gift Drive delivered holiday gifts and spread holiday cheer with Arizona...

5 ways to involve children in holiday traditions

By Emily Singleton The holiday season is a time for parents to celebrate the magic and excitement of the holidays with their children. Part of this is about taking the traditions from your past and creating new ones with your children. During the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, sometimes...