New features and upgrades to swhd.org

Providing easily accessible information to parents, caregivers, professionals and early childhood advocates is one of Southwest Human Development’s core values when serving Arizona children in need. To better share information, the agency enhanced the swhd.org website to provide online visitors with a more user-friendly experience. The website’s most prominent new function...

5 tips to keep your kids safe this Fourth of July

With all of the exciting activities that accompany Fourth of July traditions, it can be easy for parents to overlook important safety precautions. By keeping a few key Fourth of July safety tips in mind, parents can help keep children safe while still indulging in holiday fun. Leave fireworks to the experts.  While...

A parent’s pocket survival guide for traveling with kids

Many families are vacation-bound this month, hoping to soak up every last bit of summer break before school begins! Vacations provide a healthy dose of change from daily routines, and a special opportunity to strengthen family time by creating new, special memories. Hustling to a catch flight or follow an itinerary on...

Arizona ranks 46th in the nation for overall child well-being

For nearly three decades, the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s KIDS COUNT Data Book has given an annual glimpse into the lives of children and families across the nation. Reported trends give insight into both progress and areas of concern, and are based on an analysis of specific factors that impact our...

Is your child missing out on social-emotional learning in school?

[caption id="attachment_24011" align="alignleft" width="300"] Photo by Matt Molinari[/caption] Think about the last time you communicated with an authority figure, set a goal or practiced recognizing your own emotions. An adult's capacity to handle common daily challenges directly correlates with the ability to practice social-emotional skills learned in youth. The path to adulthood success is...

Arizona nonprofits partner in defense against ‘summer slide’

[caption id="attachment_23971" align="alignleft" width="300"] Photo: Barney Moss[/caption] The “summer slide” describes a student's tendency to fall behind in academic progress over the summer months, and is a term that every parent should know. Between the rush of pool parties, play dates and other fun summer activities, it’s all too easy for a parent...

VIDEO: “The program made such a difference in my life.”

  [embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HPCFaU_mFL8[/embed] Alisha and Adam are first-time parents whose eyes twinkle with joy as they describe their daughter, Addison. Addison is a happy, independent toddler who loves to read and share story time with her family. Parenthood did not begin as a smooth journey for Addison's parents, whose daughter was born six weeks early, immediately...

Annual report highlights the Head Start advantage

The Arizona Head Start Association's recently released statewide impact report provides crucial insight on the needs of Arizona children, and sheds light on the socioeconomic circumstances early childhood advocates aim to combat. More than 35 percent of Arizona’s children from birth to age 5 are living in poverty. Of the 15 percent...

Prepare your child for kindergarten success this summer

Summer is the ideal time for children who will be entering kindergarten to learn the skills needed to make a smooth, successful transition into school. Parents who reflect on their own kindergarten experience may relish memories of treats and nap time, but a lot has changed in the years since most parents...