Hundreds of backpacks distributed at Back to School Social

[embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6IT5vgs8uZE[/embed] Out with the pool days and popsicles, in with the school bells and homework! Tis the season for the back-to-school shuffle. Shopping for backpacks and school supplies is a common back-to-school tradition, but not all children have the opportunity to storm local store aisles with their families and leave with an armful of new school supplies. This holds especially true for children in the foster care system who often have little-to-no belongings when they are placed with families. Each and every child deserves to start off his or her new school year fully prepared, which is why Southwest Human Development hosted the...

Manuscript

Submit your children’s book manuscript

Do you have a great children’s book manuscript that you’d like to share with the world? You can be a part of Southwest Human Development’s second annual First Edition Children’s Book Contest; grab a notebook and let your inner-child run free! Southwest Human Development is looking for its next winning children’s book writer.  The selected manuscript will be professionally illustrated, published and promoted by Southwest Human Development. The winner of the First Edition Children’s Book Contest will receive a $1,000 advance and an eight-percent royalty. The selected book will be distributed to more than 2,500 children and placed for sale online and...

Selfesteem

Building your child’s healthy self-esteem early

Self-esteem is a confidence in one’s own worth, abilities, and self-respect and overall understanding of one’s self. It is a term that many people are familiar with because it impacts day-to-day living both consciously and subconsciously. Maneuvering through the world can be tricky for any child, which is why being equipped with healthy self-esteem is an invaluable asset to have in order to be successful. The formulation of concepts such as self-worth and success begins from birth. Children with high self-esteems are more likely to be realists with a sense of optimism. In contrast, a poor self-esteem often leads to health and...

Back to school

Ways you can help your child start the school year off right

By Mindy Zapata, Southwest Human Development's director of Head Start A school year off to a great start can influence a child’s attitude, confidence and performance both socially and academically. The transition into school can be difficult for children and parents. Even children who are eager to start school may need to make adjustments as they start their school year. The amount of adjustment is dependent on the individual child; however, parents can help their children manage the back to school transition and make the first day easier. No need for the back-to-school blues; help your child transition and promote a year...

Nora Chavero

Raising A Reader mom: ‘It made a difference not just to Arlyn, but to my entire family’

[embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bUinHdFTz7g[/embed] Before the first homework assignment, quiz, or step into the classroom, a child’s learning experience begins at home. Southwest Human Development’s Raising A Reader program builds literacy within communities and is designed to aid parents in becoming their child’s first teacher. Nora Chavero and her family embarked on a quest for literacy upon discovering Raising A Reader; however, their story wasn’t always a book-filled fairytale. Once upon a time, the Chavero household did not have a library card or many books within their home. Nora’s sons struggled in kindergarten and books were not a of interest. When Raising A Reader became available...

ADAPT Shop

ADAPT Shop building better lives for children with disabilities

Phoenix workshop designs adaptive equipment to help children become more independent in daily activities There’s a workshop tucked away near Sky Harbor International Airport that focuses on changing lives — designing and building customized equipment adaptations that will give children with disabilities hope and help as they learn to navigate the world. It’s called the ADAPT Shop, one of several Easterseals disabilities services provided by Southwest Human Development, and it’s a place where every project begins with an idea based on a need and ends with a life improved. Thanks to therapists and fabricators ready to make a difference, children from birth...

SchoolSupplyDrive

Back-to-school drive helps Arizona kids in need

The inevitable back-to-school bustle is around the corner as summer break dwindles to an end. Not all children have the opportunity to go school supply shopping with their family, but that doesn’t mean this school year can’t be a success! The Arizona Republic and Valley Famous Dave's locations have teamed up to help in Southwest Human Development’s Back to School Supply Drive. “Every year, so many Arizona kids go back to school without the supplies they need,” said Ryan Narramore of Southwest Human Development. “With the support of the community and our partners, we hope to collect enough school supplies to provide...

Arizona Child Welfare

Sunday Square Off: Arizona cuts welfare aid for families with kids

Arizona Republic columnist E.J. Montini, House Republican Kelly Townsend, and Democrat Minority Whip Eric Meyer “squared off” with 12 News’ Joe Dana to discuss state welfare cuts impacting Arizona families with children. Arizona now has a 12-month cap on the Temporary Assistance to Needy Families federal block-grant program (TANF) that financially aids parents while they seek employment or cannot work. While the federal limit is five years, most states generally have a two-year cutoff. The one-year restriction is effective as of July 1, 2016 and approximately 1,600 Arizona families are impacted, and an even greater number of children. Townsend reflected on her decision...

UpUpUp

Children’s book ‘Up Up Up’ to be released this fall

A great book is more than just a read — it’s a step “up, up, up” for a child’s imagination and development.   The winning manuscript of last year’s First Edition Children's Book Contest, Up Up Up will be released this September. Proceeds will fund Southwest Human Development’s early literacy programs.   Up Up Up is written by former teacher and librarian Phoebe Fox, and illustrated by Michael Hale, who is well-known for his advertising campaigns spanning print, radio, and television.   The story entails a diverse band of characters uniting in celebration. As the story unfolds, whimsical characters varying from a squeaky mouse to a...

KidsCount

KIDS COUNT report ranks Arizona 45th in nation

According to the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s annual KIDS COUNT Data Book, Arizona ranks 45th in the nation based on an analysis of specific factors that impact our youth including economic well-being, education, health, and family and community. While the KIDS COUNT index highlights both positive and negative findings, there are a number of disadvantages that have increased in recent years: The number of Arizona children in poverty increased by 5% from 2008 to 2014, resulting in a total of 408,000 children in 2014 Children whose parents lack secure employment increased by 3% from 2008 to 2014, resulting in a total...