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 •...

SAVE THE DATE: ‘Walk With Me’ family fun walk to benefit children with disabilities

[embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xaFvgL06vd4&t=26s[/embed] More than 1,500 people to participate in annual fundraising event What: Walk With Me Presented by the Arizona Coyotes Foundation Southwest Human Development will host the ninth annual Walk With Me family fun walk and block party presented by the Arizona Coyotes Foundation to benefit the nonprofit’s Easterseals services for young children with disabilities. The event will feature a 1-mile family fun walk, inflatables, interactive kids zone, entertainment, food, a community resource fair, and more! When: Saturday, February 25, 2017 7 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. 7 a.m. Check-in 8 a.m. Family Fun Walk Where: Scottsdale Civic Center Park 3939 N. Drinkwater Blvd., Scottsdale Register/Donate: www.swhd.org/walk...

2017 New Year’s Resolution: #ThinkBabies

In 2017, we challenge you to go above and beyond to #ThinkBabies! Together, we will strengthen the foundation of our nation and collectively urge congress to better the future of our little ones. ZERO TO THREE, a premier early childhood organization and partner of Southwest Human Development dedicated to helping infants and toddlers reach their full potential, created Think Babies to help you give babies a voice. Supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the campaign aims to make every baby our national priority. “The Think Babies campaign was designed to promote enriching early experiences and a strong foundation for development from...

VIDEO: “It was nice to meet other families. I didn’t feel alone.”

[embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uW1IHOsl-go&feature=youtu.be[/embed] Like most parents, there isn’t anything Carrie and her husband, Chris, wouldn’t do to help their son, Carter. When their pediatrician noticed he was developing and responding differently than other children, they decided to take matters into their own hands. “He wasn’t making eye contact or talking at all,” said Carrie. “He was really focused and fixated on cars and would just sit on the ground and watch the wheels go back and forth.” Carrie explained that he didn’t play with other children, and was often a wallflower. At the age of 2, his play habits were repetitive in nature. Prompted by the need...

Former foster child gathers gifts for children in need

High school student ‘adopts’ 10 kids for the holidays There’s no question that the holidays add magic to selfless acts of kindness; the memories created are forever held close to the hearts of those helped. Alexis, a 16-year-old high school student and former Kinship Care and Adoption foster child, recalls how receiving gifts one special Christmas brought her joy during a difficult time. She harnessed the powerful emotion she felt as a gift recipient years ago, and set forth this holiday season to give back to the community. “One Christmas I was given a gift by an anonymous family; it made me so...

Program helps thousands of young mothers learn to be better parents

By Brian Sodoma, Special for the Arizona Lottery Two years ago, Leila Robbins was hospitalized for an entire month before giving birth to her first child. That trying experience, however, came with some big positives. She delivered a healthy daughter, Zara, who is now a thriving 2-year-old exceeding developmental goals. Robbins also appreciates an important relationship established during that long hospital stay - one that still serves her family today. A hospital social worker referred her to Healthy Families Arizona, a statewide program that supports young mothers and their families develop bonds with their children while learning parenting basics. Robbins, now 27,...