Southwest Human Development celebrates National Literacy Month year-round

Southwest Human Development has long placed a critical importance on the development of young children by supporting their families to help set them on a path of success in school and life. Though March is National Literacy Month, Southwest Human Development celebrates literacy in its every day work with children and families. A staple within each of Southwest Human Development’s programs—whether geared toward child development, mental health, Easterseals disabilities services or child welfare—is a core foundation that emphasizes early language and literacy development. In addition to providing more than 100,000 books to low-income families annually and educating parents about the lifelong benefits...

Walk With Me raises over $163,000 for children with disabilities

Community members and disability advocates from around the Valley gathered at Scottsdale Civic Center Park from 7 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Saturday morning to walk the extra mile to support children with disabilities. The ninth annual Walk With Me family fun walk and carnival attracted over 1,000 participants. With the help of sponsors and dedicated fundraisers, Walk With Me events raised $163,090, as donations continue to roll in. Supporters, parents, children and canine friends flooded in through registration during the crisp morning hours ready for the one-mile family fun walk and carnival. Walk With Me ambassadors and families rallied together at...

VIDEO: Delta Dental of Arizona funds oral health for families in need

[embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f9m-ophMV1I&feature=youtu.be[/embed] Southwest Human Development hosted the second annual Healthy Families Picnic to celebrate a donation from Delta Dental of Arizona Foundation this month. February is National Children's Dental Health Month, and in the name of oral health education, Delta Dental of Arizona Foundation generously donated $20,000 to Southwest Human Development to support oral health programs. Delta Dental of Arizona Foundation is a nonprofit dedicated to promoting oral health and prevent dental disease in children and youth through age 18, with a particular emphasis in underserved and uninsured communities. Thanks to its support, children and pregnant mothers in need who may not have...

10 most common Birth to Five Helpline caller questions

Walking the road of parenthood is not easy, but you don’t have to do it alone. There is no rule book when it comes to parenting and child care, which is why the Birth to Five Helpline provides answers and support parents and professionals. The toll-free Birth to Five Helpline is a free service open to all Arizona families and professionals who have questions or concerns about young children. Southwest Human Development's Birth to Five Helpline specialists have heard it all--from sleeping difficulties to potty training, and everything in between. As an adult interacting with and caring for young children, it’s...

First Things First Parent Kit goes digital

There comes an inevitable moment when new parents embrace their first bundle of joy, smile with pride, and stop to ask themselves: What’s next? That’s when First Things First steps in to provide information to new parents before they even leave the hospital. First Things First, a state organization dedicated to supporting the healthy development of Arizona children ages birth through 5, offers a Parent Kit that gives parents easy access to information spanning from how to have healthy pregnancy to successfully raising a child in preschool. Now, the same information that has made a difference in many new parents' lives is...

When you join Walk With Me, you’re helping children like Ezra

Southwest Human Development will host the ninth annual Walk With Me family fun walk and carnival on Saturday, Feb. 25, to benefit the nonprofit’s Easterseals services for young children with disabilities. The annual event will be held at Scottsdale Civic Center Park from 7 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Festivities will feature a 1-mile family fun walk, entertainment, food, inflatables, carnival-themed games for the whole family and more. Walk With Me is family-friendly and builds a community atmosphere that raises awareness to support children with disabilities. Meet Ezra When you support Walk With Me, you’re helping children like Ezra. When Ezra was born, Lissette and...

Smile, February is National Children’s Dental Health Month!

Brush up on your child’s dental care routine this February, it’s National Children’s Dental Health Month! The month of February is dedicated to raising awareness for children’s oral health. Many dentists recommend that parents take extra steps to ensure their children develop oral health habits from a young age. A smile full of pearly whites begins in infancy and can increase the chances of a healthy oral routine into adulthood. Whether it’s no-brainers like brushing and flossing to the lesser known facts, our friends at Delta Dental of Arizona offer a variety of tips that parents need to ensure their young children’s...

Celebrate the ‘love’ of literacy this Valentine’s Day

Parents and caregivers have the opportunity to surpass the surface of candy hearts and roses this Valentine’s Day by taking one step further to teach children the importance of kindness and compassion. Many children’s books teach kid-friendly love lessons and share educational Valentine’s stories meant to pull at the heart strings. Love comes in many forms, including family, friends, kindness and meaningful relationships. Visit your local book store this holiday, find a cozy corner with your little one and turn the page with one of these great “love” titles:  Snuggle Puppy by Sandra Boynton is the perfect love story for young children...

Share stories for World Read Aloud Day on Feb. 16

Literacy reigns as one of the core factors of social change throughout history, and has the profound power to change lives - especially those of children. When children read, their imaginations leap to life and thousands of neural connections are formed. World Read Aloud Day, created by Litworld, is on Thursday, Feb. 16. The international holiday honors the wish of a young boy whose hope is that anyone is to be able to experience the joy of reading aloud. The celebration advocates awareness that every child deserves the right to read, and has gained tremendous momentum since its inception - over...

Camelback Ranch spring training volunteers benefit nonprofits

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, Arizona’s largest nonprofit dedicated to early childhood development and one of this year’s nonprofit beneficiaries, is partnering with Camelback Ranch to provide volunteers for concession stands at 11 games this season. Four volunteer information sessions are open to the public and scheduled as follows: • Tuesday, Jan. 31; 8-10 a.m.; Glendale City Hall, 5850 W. Glendale Ave., Room B2, Glendale •...