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Have you dreamed of embarking on a career path that allows you to give back to the community and help children in need? Southwest Human Development is hiring individuals committed to creating a positive future for Arizona Children:

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We are so grateful for Delta Dental of Arizona Foundation's $20,000 donation supporting our Healthy Families and Head Start programs. The funds support access to preventative dental care for pregnant mothers and oral health education for children and families in need.

Check out all these smiling faces at the Healthy Families Picnic last week. Oral exams for all! #NationalChildrensDentalHealthMonth #NCDHM
http://ow.ly/NmZt309dGgI

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Walk With Me Phoenix is quickly approaching! Join us this Saturday from 7 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. to support children with disabilities. You and your family are invited to walk for a cause and test your skills at the Walk With Me Carnival. Don't miss out on all of the activities like the velcro wall, bungee run, human hamster balls and more!

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Receive a dollar-for-dollar tax credit when you donate to Southwest Human Development! Learn more:
www.taxcreditteam.org

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Gather your fur babies! The Walk With Me Phoenix Carnival will have a pet costume contest! The contest starts at 9 a.m. Learn more about the Walk With Me Carnival at www.walkfamilycarnival.com
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Children’s speech development is a complicated topic. Three speech experts answer your questions about how toddlers development speech skills:

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When Ezra was born in June 2015, his parents Lissette and Pedro welcomed their baby boy into the world with loving arms and hearts full of joy.

After observing concerning characteristics, doctors ran genetic tests and diagnosed Ezra with Prader-Willie syndrome, a rare disorder present at birth that results in numerous physical, mental and behavioral challenges. Prader-Willie syndrome often results in a constant sensation of hunger, known as hyperphagia, which typically begins around the age 2.
The team at Southwest Human Development stepped in while Ezra was in the NICU and informed Lissette and Pedro about the importance of early intervention and how it could help Ezra.

Lisette and Pedro never gave up hope of a bright future for their son. They worked extensively with the Southwest Human Development ADAPT Shop to work with specialists and help manage symptoms. The first time Ezra tried out his ADAPT Shop happy chair, a customized device to support children with physical disabilities, he was able to lift his head up and was able to look around.

“I was just overcome with joy like a little kid at Christmas jumping up and down,” Lisette said. “I wanted to record everything. It was overwhelming to the point where I had tears in my eyes.”
Walk With Me Phoenix is on Saturday, February 25 and raises awareness and supports children like Ezra. Visit www.swhd.org/walk to register today!
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Alex is a family support specialist in our Kinship Care & Adoptions program. During a typical day, she can be found attending visits and interacting with families.

"When my cases move towards adoption, or finalizing guardianship, and I know the child is in a place that makes them feel safe and happy,” said Alex. “I know I was a part of something exceptional."

Her manager, Jen Krohn said that "her motivation and enthusiasm shows both in her work and in the way she encourages her coworkers." Alex often goes out of her way to accommodate families and takes the time to make an extra home visit to ensure that a child is doing well!

Thank you Alex!
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We have the perfect educational opportunity for expectant and new parents! Ana Arbel, senior program manager of our Birth to Five Helpline and Fussy Baby Program, and registered nurses from our Nurse-Family Partnership program will be instructing Baby Basics classes tailored for those entering parenthood! Learn basic baby care techniques and what to expect in the first 3 months of a baby's life.
Join us at Babies “R” Us at a time and location convenient to you:
Scottsdale location: Saturday, February 7 at 7000 E. Mayo Blvd from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Phoenix location: Friday, February 20 at 245 E. Bell Rd from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Goodyear location:Thursday, February 23 at 15325 W. McDowell Rd. from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.
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CRUSHBREW FESTIVAL is almost here! Lock down your weekend plans and quench your thirst for fun this Saturday and Sunday! Proceeds will benefit Southwest Human Development programs and services. Grab your closest friends and purchase your tickets today:
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