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STEM assistive technology challenge to benefit disabilities programs

Southwest Human Development is hosting its first ever assistive technology challenge to benefit young children with disabilities. Sponsored by Insight, with support from Arizona State University and Intel Corporation, the MAKERS of Change Assistive Technology Challenge will bring together Valley high school Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM), coding, robotics and...

How to make commuting with kids a success

It’s back-to-school season and schedules are filling fast as backpacks. Depending on commute routes, number of children and schedules, parents may begin to feel overwhelmed. Some parents say that driving with their children can feel like the most stressful part of their day. With mindful preparation and tips to remain...

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Finding balance in discipline

With the many changes that back-to-school season presents, parents may find that children are acting out to test their limits. Rules are necessary for early childhood development, safety and building healthy behavioral habits. Make the most of your disciplinary measures by finding balance in what works for you and your child. Avoid...

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Tips for choosing a babysitter

It’s not always easy for parents to relinquish their supervision to a babysitter, but regular doses of independence are healthy and can help parents to recharge and refresh. Choosing the right babysitter can feel overwhelming, but knowing which characteristics and qualifications to look for will help to make the process easier....

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Raising strong readers

In a world full of digital distraction and scheduled enrichment, what can parents and educators do to promote the timeless pleasure of reading a book for fun? Harvard Graduate School of Education faculty members Joe Blatt, Nonie Lesaux, and Catherine Snow distilled a comprehensive body of literacy research into a short...

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Back to School Drive: Help students start the school year ready for success

Editorial Note: The July 2018 Back-to-School Drive of school supplies has ended. Financial contributions can be made to our August Back-to-School Campaign in partnership with Quicken Loans via Crowdrise. Southwest Human Development is partnering with Famous Dave's locations for the fourth annual Back-to-School Supply Drive, giving the community an opportunity to...

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How eating as a family inspires healthy habits in young children

Break out the dinner plates and make the most of family moments by prioritizing regular mealtimes to create lasting healthy habits for your children and family. By creating a structured and healthy mealtime ritual, parents can help children learn the importance of sitting down for a meal while developing healthy habits....

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6 ways to get kids ready for a new school year

Making sure that children are properly geared up to conquer the school year begins at home. Parents can be proactive by taking useful steps in helping children begin the school year with a positive attitude and the tools for success. Read with your kids Reading aloud with children throughout the summer can have...

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Choosing the right preschool for your child

Today’s young students are expected to arrive to kindergarten with a foundation of basic academic and social skills. From the first day of school, students must be prepared to begin learning to read, write and do basic math. Though choosing a preschool that will help your child meet kindergarten standards may...

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Last-minute family summer getaway ideas

Though summer’s heat is pushing on, children’s summer break is soon coming to an end. Amidst getting ready for kindergarten and preparing for the new school year, families are still making time for last-minute fun in the sun. Vacations offer unique windows of opportunity for family bonding time, learning and good old-fashioned fun....