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Preschool Expulsion: The Promise of Preschool and How Arizona Children Are Missing Out

By Alison Steier, Ph.D. The promise of high-quality preschool goes well beyond learning colors, letters, numbers and how to cut with scissors. It represents a protected release—often the first release—for young children into the world outside the nuclear family, a gentle entry into more possibilities. Children in such a preschool environment have...

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Bellwether releases publication on coaching in early childhood education

Bellwether Education Partners is marking the 10 year anniversary of Head Start’s most recent reauthorization with the release of "Primetime for Coaching: Improving Instructional Coaching in Early Childhood Education," a new report that summarizes the research on coaching in early childhood programs and highlights promising coaching models from the field. Southwest...

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Simple ways to help keep kids healthy during the holidays

It’s December and the holiday season is in full swing, which also means a greater chance of catching an illness at airports, malls and more. During this busy time of year, many public locations can become a breeding ground for germs and bacteria that can result in the common cold,...

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Healthy Families program helps local mom succeed

Amy knew that life as a soon-to-be single mother would be challenging. Her decisions would now affect not just herself, but also her baby. And maneuvering personal challenges while experiencing a lack of support during her pregnancy left Amy exhausted. But the months of Amy’s pregnancy flew by, and before...

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Arizona Rep. Carter: Tips and tricks for advocacy on online media

Arizona House Representative Heather Carter joined Southwest Human Development to speak about early childhood advocacy and share a few tips and tricks for advocating for change in the community. Individuals have the power to initiate change and positive community impact by regularly communicating with policymakers and influencers. As new ideas continue...

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Why are tax credits so complicated?

Many Arizona taxpayers miss an opportunity to give back to the community because they don’t know about the Arizona tax credits, or are uncertain of the process. We sat down to talk with Southwest Human Development’s Chief Development Officer Jake Adams to learn more about the Arizona Charitable Tax Credit, how...

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Families celebrate National Adoption Month

[embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ik6lRRoIl6Y&t=6s[/embed] November is National Adoption Month, an important reminder of the need for forever families and a joyful celebration of happily-ever-after for the children who have found a permanent place to call home. More than 400,000 children in the United States are awaiting the opportunity for their own forever home. Roughly 16,000...

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Six easy ways to give back this #GivingTuesday

Countless individuals, communities and organizations unite on #GivingTuesday to promote philanthropic efforts and celebrate generosity worldwide. The holiday is traditionally held the Tuesday after Thanksgiving. This year, #GivingTuesday falls on Tuesday, Nov. 28. The global giving movement has been built by individuals, families, organizations, businesses and communities in all 50 states...

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How to help children be thankful this holiday season

When children practice being thankful at a young age, habits are formed that can structure a greater chance of happiness throughout life. Individuals who are thankful, regardless of personal circumstance, often live happier and healthier lives. Studies show that increased gratitude can result in positive self-esteem, healthier relationships, psychological health,...

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Southwest Human Development receives Governor’s Volunteer Service Award

[embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nzXjKJT0gH8&feature=youtu.be[/embed] The Arizona Governor’s Commission on Service and Volunteerism awarded Southwest Human Development a Volunteer Service Award to recognize the agency’s mission to provide outstanding volunteer programs and community involvement opportunities. Southwest Human Development expanded its volunteer-based initiatives in 2014 and it continues to evolve offering a range of opportunities that implement...