Southwest Human Development welcomes two new executives to its leadership team

Southwest Human Development, Arizona's largest nonprofit dedicated to early childhood development, has hired Jeanette Ramos as the agency's new chief financial officer and Kecia Blackson, JD, MS, as its vice president of Family Support Services. “We are thrilled to welcome Jeanette and Kecia to our agency,” said Ginger Ward, chief executive...

Educare Arizona to receive Red Nose Day grant, tune in to NBC on May 23

Educare Arizona, home to one of Southwest Human Development's Early Head Start and Head Start programs, will benefit from the Red Nose Day campaign on May 23. Red Nose Day is a national fundraising campaign started by the nonprofit Comic Relief that focuses on ending child poverty by funding programs...

Valley businesses participate in #GrowAReader Virtual Book Drive during May

Local restaurants and businesses are encouraging their customers to support early childhood literacy during the month of May through Southwest Human Development’s virtual book drive, Grow A Reader. The campaign aims to provide books for children in low-income communities. According to a Scholastic Access to Books report, the average child has...

Care2Act encourages companies to forge community connections

Networking group provides for-profit companies with the tools, connections and support needed to increase community engagement One need not work for a nonprofit to make a notable impact in the surrounding community. That’s the sentiment behind a new initiative aimed at helping professionals at for-profit companies give back to the...

How to introduce your young child to reading

Young children aren't always the most cooperative reading partners. With limited language skills, shorter attention spans and often unbridled energy, family reading time can difficult at first, but it's worth the effort! Reading with your child at least 15 minutes a day helps lay the foundation for a lifelong love...

Eagle Scout project benefits ADAPT Shop

The ADAPT Shop recently received a generous donation from a local Boy Scout. One of several Easterseals disabilities services provided by Southwest Human Development, the ADAPT Shop focuses on improving the development of young children. The team's specialists design and create mobility devices, custom seating, and more for young children...

Tips for reducing parenting stress

Feeling stressed? Between working, cooking, cleaning, managing schedules, and chauffeuring, parenting is a lot of work! Studies show that parents who report higher levels of stress are more likely to be authoritarian, harsh, and negative in interactions with their child. Reducing stress can allow you to relish the time you...

Parent Guide: Keeping your sanity during Spring Break

As parents, we love every minute we get to spend with our kids. Experiencing all their “firsts,” the funny (and sometimes clumsy) moments, but most of all, making family memories that will last a lifetime. But when the daily routines of family schedules—and yes, even that much-needed time we have to ourselves when the...

Walk With Me raises $132,000 for young children with disabilities

Southwest Human Development held its 11th Annual Walk With Me Family Fun Walk and Carnival on Saturday, Feb. 23, to benefit its Easterseals services for children with disabilities. The morning-long event featured fun activities for adults and kids of all ages, food and drinks, games, crafts and more! Sponsored by the Arizona Coyotes Foundation, Humana,...