Little Free Libraries increase access to books for low-income kids

Children’s books that can benefit a child’s early learning are simply something many communities do not have. For children in low income neighborhoods, there is just one age-appropriate book for every 300 children. Compare that with 13 books per child in middle-income areas, there’s certainly inequity experienced early in a...

Southwest Human Development celebrates National Literacy Month year-round

Southwest Human Development has long placed a critical importance on the development of young children by supporting their families to help set them on a path of success in school and life. Though March is National Literacy Month, Southwest Human Development celebrates literacy in its every day work with children...

Walk With Me raises over $163,000 for children with disabilities

Community members and disability advocates from around the Valley gathered at Scottsdale Civic Center Park from 7 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Saturday morning to walk the extra mile to support children with disabilities. The ninth annual Walk With Me family fun walk and carnival attracted over 1,000 participants. With the...

VIDEO: Delta Dental of Arizona funds oral health for families in need

[embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f9m-ophMV1I&feature=youtu.be[/embed] Southwest Human Development hosted the second annual Healthy Families Picnic to celebrate a donation from Delta Dental of Arizona Foundation this month. February is National Children's Dental Health Month, and in the name of oral health education, Delta Dental of Arizona Foundation generously donated $20,000 to Southwest Human Development to...

10 most common Birth to Five Helpline caller questions

Walking the road of parenthood is not easy, but you don’t have to do it alone. There is no rule book when it comes to parenting and child care, which is why the Birth to Five Helpline provides answers and support parents and professionals. The toll-free Birth to Five Helpline...

First Things First Parent Kit goes digital

There comes an inevitable moment when new parents embrace their first bundle of joy, smile with pride, and stop to ask themselves: What’s next? That’s when First Things First steps in to provide information to new parents before they even leave the hospital. First Things First, a state organization dedicated to supporting...

When you join Walk With Me, you’re helping children like Ezra

Southwest Human Development will host the ninth annual Walk With Me family fun walk and carnival on Saturday, Feb. 25, to benefit the nonprofit’s Easterseals services for young children with disabilities. The annual event will be held at Scottsdale Civic Center Park from 7 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Festivities will feature...

Smile, February is National Children’s Dental Health Month!

Brush up on your child’s dental care routine this February, it’s National Children’s Dental Health Month! The month of February is dedicated to raising awareness for children’s oral health. Many dentists recommend that parents take extra steps to ensure their children develop oral health habits from a young age. A smile full...

Celebrate the ‘love’ of literacy this Valentine’s Day

Parents and caregivers have the opportunity to surpass the surface of candy hearts and roses this Valentine’s Day by taking one step further to teach children the importance of kindness and compassion. Many children’s books teach kid-friendly love lessons and share educational Valentine’s stories meant to pull at the heart strings....

Share stories for World Read Aloud Day on Feb. 16

Literacy reigns as one of the core factors of social change throughout history, and has the profound power to change lives - especially those of children. When children read, their imaginations leap to life and thousands of neural connections are formed. World Read Aloud Day, created by Litworld, is on Thursday,...