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Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Posts Tagged ‘Southwest Human Development’


The Arizona Coyotes Foundation and Southwest Human Development host the 10th annual Walk With Me family fun walk and carnival to benefit the our Easterseals services for children with disabilities. There is a 1-mile family fun walk, inflatables, interactive kids zone, entertainment, food and a community resource fair. Saturday, February 17. 8 a.m. to noon. […]

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Childcare expert: Preschool expulsion is a national problem

Children are getting kicked out of preschool at three to 13 times the rate that kids get expelled from grades K-12, says Walter Gilliam, director of The Edward Zigler Center in Child Development and Social Policy at Yale University, who continues to research the trend. Last month, Gilliam was visiting Southwest Human Development in Phoenix. […]

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PHOENIX – Festival of Tales

Kranitz Student Center at Paradise Valley Community College hosts this free literacy and cultural festival that brings books to life through the art of storytelling and provides thousands of free books to children! Now in its ninth year, Festival of Tales includes arts and crafts, games, face painting, live music, food trucks and more. The event is […]

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Birth to 5 Q&A: I need rest! How can I get my baby to sleep?

Q: My 5-month-old is not a good sleeper, and I’m getting so little sleep I’m barely functioning at work. My friends are urging me to do “cry it out” or some form of sleep training, but I’m confused, because the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends babies sleep in the same room as their parents for […]

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Preschooler not listening? Be patient and pick your battles

Q: My 4-year-old acts like she doesn’t hear me when I ask her to do something — anything. How can I get her to listen? A: When your child doesn’t seem to hear you, it definitely can be frustrating for parents (and children, too). First, talk with your child’s pediatrician to be sure there aren’t […]

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At-home volunteering: Make “no-sew” blankets for kids in foster care

Families Giving Back creates in-person volunteering events as well as at-home projects for families with kids of all ages. These events and projects — in conjunction with nonprofits across the Valley — offer opportunities that can fit any family’s busy schedule. This month, we’re spotlighting our partnership with Southwest Human Development. The first 2,000 days […]

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Parenting Q&A: What to do when your toddler is biting

My toddler has been biting at daycare. I don’t understand why this is happening or how to stop this behavior. I also understand kids can be kicked out of the program for biting. I’m both mortified and concerned! Toddlers are passionate beings. They feel their emotions intensely and can show them in dramatic ways. A […]

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Children’s book contest wins with “Up Up Up”

It’s rare for a small book, even a good one, to be able to make so many wonderful ripples, but the right stone in the right pond… Southwest Human Development is a venerable Valley nonprofit dedicated to improving the physical, mental and emotional well-being of the area’s youngest inhabitants by working with Easter Seals, Head […]

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Walk With Me to support disability services

It’s a short distance that makes a big difference—and it’s a lot of fun. Just ask any RAK magazine staff member who participated in last year’s Walk With Me, a 1.25-mile family fun walk to benefit Easter Seals disability services offered by Southwest Human Development, Arizona’s largest nonprofit dedicated to early childhood development for children […]

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Little Free Libraries foster literacy-friendly neighborhoods

Little Free Libraries

Phoenix dad Jake Adams awoke one morning to find a Little Free Library in his neighbor’s yard. It looked like a big birdhouse, with a clear window in the front, shelves of books inside and a sign that read, “Little Free Libraries—take a book, return a book.” Adams is chief development officer for Southwest Human […]

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