Professional Development and Training Opportunities


Southwest Human Development offers nationally recognized education and training programs to professionals and organizations working with young children across Arizona, the U.S. and internationally. The agency is committed to training that is interactive and applicable to everyday work with children and families. Key elements include group participation, discussion of real-life problems and implementation of ideas learned during the training experience.


Birth to Five Helpline for Professionals

The Birth to Five Helpline links callers to early childhood experts who provide telephone and email consultation to professionals who work with young children.


Early Care and Education Inclusion Program

The Early Care and Education Inclusion Program is designed to help child care providers support children ages birth to five with developmental delays or disabilities.


Language and Literacy Learning Communities

Language and Literacy Learning Communities help child care centers, family child care homes and other early childhood providers understand and promote early language and literacy in young children from birth to 5 years old.


Quality First

Quality First is a coaching, assessment and ratings system designed to improve early care and education in Arizona so young children can begin school safe, healthy and ready to succeed.


Smart Support

Smart Support partners early childhood mental health consultants with child care providers to promote the social and emotional development of all children in care, and help providers respond to children with behavioral challenges.


Tuition Support for Mental Health Professionals

The Tuition Support program is designed for mental health professionals working with children ages birth to 5 who want to stay current with the rapidly-expanding research in the field. It is also open to early childhood mental health graduate students and master’s-level mental health practitioners eager to enter the early childhood field.

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