Nurturing Little Minds: A Guide to Reading with Your Child from Birth to Five

Reading with your child isn't just about flipping through pages; it's about cultivating a love for stories, expanding their imagination, and laying the foundation for literacy skills. As your child grows, so do their needs and abilities. Let's explore best practices for reading to children from birth to five, tailored...

Little Free Library Volunteers Needed

April is National Volunteer Month and a great time to recognize the key roles volunteers play in helping Southwest Human Development serve more than 140,000 children and families each year. Many of our volunteers power the SWHD Little Free Library program -- a fast-growing program that is always seeking people...

Spring Break Adventures with a Purpose

As the excitement of spring break approaches, parents everywhere are gearing up for a week of fun and relaxation with their little ones. It's the perfect opportunity to plan activities that not only entertain but also encourage development, learning, and philanthropy in children. This year, why not make spring break...

The Power of Play

As adults, we often find ourselves marveling at the boundless energy and curiosity of the children in our lives. From the moment they come into this world, children are like sponges, eagerly soaking up knowledge from their surroundings. One of the most powerful ways they learn and grow is through...

FREE Family Event ‘Thrive to 5 Playfest’ Set for Sat Mar 23

Southwest Human Development, Arizona’s largest nonprofit organization dedicated to early childhood development,is hosting the third annual Thrive to Five Playfest on Saturday, March 23, 2024, from 9am to 1pm at the Arizona State Fairgrounds in Phoenix.  This free family event features activities tailored for young children from birth to five and...

Grand Opening Celebration of New Head Start Location Tuesday, December 12

Southwest Human Development is celebrating the opening of a new Head Start location on the Larry C. Kennedy campus in the Creighton School District in Phoenix with an open house on Tuesday, December 12, 2023, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. The event is a first look at the brand-new facility, which...

The Children’s Equity Project Unveils Groundbreaking Report on Equity in Arizona’s Early Care and Learning Systems

The Children's Equity Project at Arizona State University, in collaboration with Southwest Human Development, Arizona Early Childhood Alliance (AZECA), and Children’s Action Alliance, is hosting an in-person presentation and launch event for the new, groundbreaking report, "Start with Equity Arizona: Increasing Access, Improving Quality, and Advancing Equity in Arizona’s Early...

AZ Students Wrap Up the Annual MAKERS of Change Assistive Technology Challenge

It's almost time! Nine outstanding high school teams will be showcasing their solutions to the 2023 MAKERS of Change Assistive Technology Challenge on Friday, October 20th. More than 71 teams from 18 different Arizona high schools embarked on this year's challenge to develop an engaging device, accessory, or...

Baby smiling in safe car seat

September Shines a Spotlight on Baby Safety

September is Baby Safety Month, a time dedicated to raising awareness about the importance of keeping our youngest family members safe and secure. As a parent, ensuring your child's well-being is paramount, but that can be especially daunting and nerve-wracking with babies. In this blog post, we'll explore essential baby...

Postpartum Depression in the News

The recent FDA approval of the first pill specifically intended to treat postpartum depression which affects roughly 1 in 7 women who have given birth according to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.  Nearly half are not diagnosed due to lack of screening and reporting.      As Arizona's largest nonprofit...

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