5 back-to-school lunch tips for happy, healthy kids

A hearty, well-balanced school lunch can help young children power through a back-to-school transition with focus and energy. Many great lunches are easy to prepare and combine nutritious food groups that will help keep children full throughout the day. Taking the time to utilize a few extra tips helps to...

New state assistive technology contract to help children with disabilities

The Arizona Department of Economic Security (ADES) has awarded an Assistive Technology Service and Devices contract to Southwest Human Development, a move that will help Arizona's youngest children with disabilities access the specialized technology and support they need to succeed. This statewide assistive technology contract will directly assist families with children,...

Birth to Five Helpline helps local teacher, mom find hope

Abby, a Valley teacher and mother of two, received a Birth to Five Helpline magnet when she was pregnant with her first child in 2013. Little did she expect, the magnet she placed on her refrigerator would later help strengthen her relationship with her son, Luke, nearly four years down...

How to create a safe sleeping space for your baby

Creating a safe sleep environment is an important step to keeping your baby safe. Safe sleeping techniques may seem like common knowledge to a seasoned parent, but the skills to properly put a baby to sleep can allude first-time parents who haven’t had the opportunity to be educated on safe...

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...