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Save the date: Walk With Me family fun walk to benefit children with disabilities

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V_LSQGC3mME&t=8s Walk With Me Presented by the Arizona Coyotes Foundation Southwest Human Development will host the tenth annual Walk With Me family fun walk and carnival to benefit the nonprofit’s Easterseals services for young children with disabilities. More than 1,500 community members are anticipated to participate in annual fundraising event. The morning festivities will feature...

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Conquering your parenting goals in 2018

It's a new year and what better time to establish a plan for conquering your 2018 parenting goals? Some parents find themselves with the desire to add to their parenting playbook, but may be unsure of where to start. There are a number of simple, impactful ways to make positive...

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Southwest Human Development receives $100,000 Pulliam grant

Southwest Human Development has received a two-year grant totaling $100,000 from the Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust for the expansion of its early language and literacy programs. Southwest Human Development’s early language and literacy programs are devoted to ensuring that all children and their families have the supports needed to prepare...

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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...