How to help your baby sleep better at night

By Terrance Matteo, Ph.D. Many parents quickly discover that “sleeping like a baby” isn’t always all that it’s cracked up to be. Sleep issues are one of the most common concerns that parents share with professionals when raising infants and young children. [caption id="attachment_23952" align="alignright" width="300"] Photo Credit: Pedro Serapio[/caption] Studies show that...

Arizona family travels to D.C. to encourage policymakers to #ThinkBabies

[embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JmNG-0wOEc0[/embed] [caption id="attachment_23929" align="alignleft" width="225"] Stefani and her family explore the Washington sights, stopping to take a photo at the Lincoln Memorial in front of the Washington Monument and reflecting pool.[/caption] Early childhood advocates traveled from across the country to meet in Washington, D.C., today for Strolling Thunder, an event coordinated by...

Valley businesses helping #GrowAReader with virtual book drive during May

Help children in need foster a love of reading. Local businesses are calling on early literacy supporters to help them #GrowAReader this May by participating in Southwest Human Development’s Grow A Reader virtual book drive. "Unfortunately, lots of kids arrive in kindergarten unprepared and without the early literacy skills they need to be...

Retired teachers dedicate years to volunteering in community

Myrna Chilese and Kathy Cory are retired school teachers with hearts of gold, and a passion for helping children succeed that far surpasses classroom walls. As Myrna and Kathy embarked on a post-retirement journey of volunteerism, they fatefully found Southwest Human Development and have since been loyal volunteers. The “best friends”...

Pool safety: A parent’s guide to a safe summer

Temperatures in Arizona are quickly rising; a sure sign of a fast-coming summer break from school. Desert dwellers know that whether you’re an adult or a toddler, nothing says refreshing like a dip in the pool. [caption id="attachment_23943" align="alignleft" width="300"] Photo: Adrian Gonzales[/caption] Before you slather on the sunblock, remember to take...

Vanguard donates $360,000 to help fund Healthy Families and Reach Out and Read

Southwest Human Development has received significant new backing for two of its critical early childhood programs for Arizona children and their families. The Vanguard Strong Start for Kids Program™ has awarded Southwest Human Development a $210,000 grant to ensure that at-risk families with newborns or those who are expecting and face...

Beyond the candy: 5 Easter basket gifts that help your child develop

[caption id="attachment_23824" align="alignleft" width="300"] Photo Credit: Susan Ackeridge[/caption] When the Easter bunny hops into town this year, help him deliver a meaningful gift to complement traditional goodies and trinkets. Easter basket items that double as tools to help your child's early development make egg-cellent gifts! 1) Books (all ages) Let the Easter bunny...

ADAPT Shop using cutting-edge technology to create custom equipment

The ADAPT Shop is changing the lives of Valley children with physical disabilities by providing them with custom, adaptive technology fabricated with the help of experienced therapists, pathologists and fabricators, as well as the latest technology - from 3D printers to body-scanning iPads. [caption id="attachment_23934" align="alignright" width="300"] ADAPT Shop Fabricator Brady Fulton...

You’re Invited: Early literacy expansion kickoff to be held April 18

On Tuesday, April 18, a coalition of Read On Phoenix partners will host a special kick-off event featuring Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton to launch a citywide engagement effort focused on building early literacy partnerships with Valley businesses, civic clubs and others who are passionate about reading and helping young children...