Children’s Developmental Center receives grant from Thunderbirds Charities to help families better access disabilities services

The Children’s Developmental Center at Southwest Human Development recently received a $50,000 grant from Thunderbirds Charities, the charitable giving arm of the Thunderbirds - hosts of the Waste Management Phoenix Open. This award will support intake coordination services that help families avoid visits to multiple specialists and assists them in...

Reading with your child builds strong bonds

As digital media continues to become more and more popular, it’s easy for parents to forget the importance of reading aloud with their children. Reading with your child goes beyond learning about the words on the page. It helps wire their brain to be better learners and develop social and...

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Celebrate tradition and cultural awareness with young children Cultural awareness and tradition play important roles in helping young children develop a positive sense of identity and build self-esteem. Studies show that cultural appreciation and awareness contribute to building a positive self image. Developing a strong foundation of belonging and acceptance through...

Gingerbread Kids Holiday Gift Drive brings in gifts for nearly 1,000 Valley children

Each year, our individual and corporate supporters from around the Valley join us to achieve a simple common goal: Ensuring children in need receive holiday gifts during this special time of year. Southwest Human Development's annual Gingerbread Kids Holiday Gift Drive started with only one corporate sponsor and gifts for 50-100...

Balancing your child’s screen time

In the digital age, screen time is an increasingly-discussed topic among parents and early childhood experts. Between growing concerns about screen addiction and the emphasis placed on outdoor play, it's easy to write off children's use of tablets, computers and phones. But for parents and children's living in a world that...

Viral adoption story highlights importance of forever homes

On December 5, Kent County's Facebook page shared a photo from 5-year-old Michael's adoption hearing. And on social media, they say, everyone's hearts grew three sizes that day. Michael had brought his entire kindergarten class to his adoption finalization hearing! He wanted to share the joy he felt about joining his...

Picture books help build literacy

November is international Picture Book Month! Picture books are a fun, kid-friendly type of book, but don’t underestimate them! They can play a big role in a child’s literacy development. Photo courtesy of Raising A Reader Picture books are a big part of a young child’s foundation of literacy. Before children have...

Family Volunteer Day is almost here! Join us Saturday, Nov. 23!

Family Volunteer Day falls on Saturday, Nov. 23, this year and you're invited to join in on the fun! Family Volunteer Day, sponsored by Disney and Points of Light, is a chance for parents to demonstrate for their kids the importance of giving back to their community. Community volunteering also allows...

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Families celebrate National Adoption Month

[embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ik6lRRoIl6Y&t=6s[/embed] November is National Adoption Month, an important reminder of the need for forever families and a joyful celebration of happily-ever-after for the children who have found a permanent place to call home. More than 400,000 children in the United States are awaiting the opportunity for their own permanent family or home....

Annual Easterseals Golf Classic raises $81,400 for children with disabilities

Southwest Human Development held its 5th annual Easterseals Golf Classic on Thursday, Oct. 17, to benefit its Easterseals services for children with disabilities. The tournament, held at the Westin Kierland Golf Club in Scottsdale, featured 18 holes of golf, a silent auction and a $1,000 raffle! “The Easterseals Golf Tournament is...