Helping your child make friends

Parents want their kids to have friends! But learning how to make friends does not come naturally to young children, who are not always known for their social skills. Parents and caregivers can help children build friendships. Here are some tips: Arrange playdatesSee if preschool classmates or family friends are willing...

7-year-old boy with autism befriends seatmate on first solo airline flight

A story of compassion has been making the rounds on the internet this month, as an airline passenger showed kindness to a boy with autism traveling alone for the first time. Seven-year-old Landon Bjornson was flying solo from Las Vegas to Portland to visit his dad. Landon has high-functioning autism and...

Father’s Day celebrates not just dads, but moms and other caregivers, too

Father’s Day is a time to celebrate the important role that dads play in their children's lives. For a long time, fathers were seen as “secondary” parents, while mothers stereotypically handled most nurturing and parenting duties. But parenting research and shifted gender expectations have led to a growing appreciation for...

Statement on the Passing of John Whiteman

The Educare Arizona, Southwest Human Development and Balsz School District families were saddened to learn about the passing of John Whiteman. John had an enormous impact on early childhood education in Arizona and on the well-being of children in our state as a whole. John was an advocate for ensuring...

Summer plans? There’s something fun out there for every family

Kids love the freedom of summer break — no school, no homework, more playtime! But all that energy coming back home can be stressful for parents. Don’t worry — there are plenty of fun, engaging activities you can do with your children this summer! Here are some of our favorites: Go...

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...