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Southwest Human Development joins Paradise Valley Community College for Festival of Tales

Southwest Human Development is is expanding imaginations through stories during the spring Festival of Tales -- a fun day of reading, literacy and cultural activities for children and families that will take place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 30 at Paradise Valley Community College. More than 4,000 new books—by way of Southwest Human Development in partnership with Reading Is Fundamental—will be given away to participating children. In the past seven years, more than 35,000 new books have been given to children, many from low-income families. “At Southwest Human Development, we’re committed to developing early literacy skills so children can...

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McDonald’s restaurants to giveaway 20,000 children’s books on April 30

Phoenix and northern Arizona McDonald’s restaurants and Southwest Human Development are hosting Día de los Niños on Saturday, April 30, to raise awareness about early literacy. Beginning at 11 a.m., Saturday, April 30, the first 100 parents to visit their local restaurant will receive a 2016 Happy Meal book & FREE Vanilla Cone or Apple Slices, while supplies last. The free book and cone offer excludes Wal-mart McDonald’s locations. A total of 20,000 books and cones will be given away to families at Phoenix and northern Arizona McDonald’s restaurants. Four Harper Collins children’s books from the 2016 Happy Meal Book program...

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New Video from Apple Shows the Importance of Assistive Technology

Check out this video created by Apple to celebrate Autism Acceptance Month! "Autism Acceptance Month is dedicated to the stories of people like Dillan. His words remind us how important it is to ensure everyone with a voice can be heard."   Assistive Technology at Southwest Human Development Assistive Technology (AT) helps people with disabilities achieve success and inclusion in family, school, and community activities. AT provides technological solutions and support to enable people with disabilities to communicate, play, read, use the computer, achieve mobility, improve learning, and interact successfully with others. In some cases, simple low-tech adaptations or adaptive equipment can make all the...

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Southwest Human Development sets national standard for early care and education

Despite Arizona ranking near the bottom in U.S. education metrics, innovation and leadership is taking place at the earliest stages of the educational spectrum thanks to a local nonprofit. Southwest Human Development is helping fill a void in the Valley and developing programs that are being scaled on a national level. Whether it’s a program that helps train teachers in early childhood centers or a dedicated workshop where children ages birth to 5 with physical disabilities can get individually-designed equipment, Southwest Human Development provides 40 early childhood programs and services to 135,000 children and their families each year. And more and more,...

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IN THE PRESS: Cronkite News Covers Little Free Library Contest

Many of us take books for granted. But studies show that in low-income communities, there is only one book for every 300 kids, according to local nonprofit Southwest Human Development. Compare that to middle- to high-income communities, where every child has access to 13 books. Local nonprofits and companies have become involved in a national effort to change those statistics. The Little Free Library movement encourages communities to build and install free-standing, outdoor boxes that provide a “take a book, return a book” free book exchange. The Valley has about 30 such libraries from individuals who generally place them in their own neighborhoods....

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GIVE TODAY: Support Southwest Human Development on Arizona Gives Day!

Arizona Gives Day Update Thank you so much to everyone who took time to support us on Arizona Gives Day! With your help, $10,302 was raised for children and families! In just 24 hours, you made it possible for Southwest Human Development to Craft 35 “Happy Chairs” at the ADAPT Shop for children with physical disabilities. Hold two Raising A Reader sessions in low-income communities. Provide one-on-one counseling to 20 children at the Good Fit Center. Get over 5,000 books in the hands of children! Thank you for coming together to make such a difference. You not only doubled our goal of $5,000, you helped to change...

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Woodworkers Source picks Little Free Library winners

Thanks to the Little Free Library building contest at Woodworkers Source, Southwest Human Development received more than 20 new libraries to place in Arizona communities. Talented woodworkers from around the state took on the challenge to put a creative spin on the small bookcases and the results were colorful and imaginative. Twenty-three libraries were submitted to the contest and were featured for a week at Woodworkers Source’s Phoenix location, 18115 N. Black Canyon Highway. Store visitors had the opportunity to view the projects and cast a vote for their favorites. After the votes were tallied, Little Free Library builders and friends...

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IN THE PRESS: Frontdoors News highlights Little Free Library Contest

Building Little Free Libraries By Cory Galvan| February 9, 2016   Much like the good old fashioned sentiment of borrowing a cup of sugar from the family next door, a Little Free Library is a decorative, custom-made wooden box that’s installed where neighbors or community members share used books with one another. The presence of a Little Free Library often establishes a sense of friendly community and promotes literacy. While Phoenix residents will find about 30 Little Free Libraries™ around the metropolitan area, local retailer Woodworkers Source is teaming up with early childhood nonprofit Southwest Human Development in a campaign to add 100...

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IN THE PRESS: AZ Business Magazine features Southwest Human Development’s 35th anniversary

Southwest Human Development marks 35th anniversary By AZ Business Magazine| February 25, 2016 All young children deserve a great start in life. Knowing the early years matter the most, for 35 years the people at Southwest Human Development have devoted themselves to helping Arizona’s youngest children and their families. Founded in 1981 with six staff members serving 175 children through a single program, Phoenix-based Southwest Human Development is now the state’s largest nonprofit organization dedicated to early childhood development. Read more at AZ Business Magazine!...