Maria Gonzalez's toddlers are bright, curious and confident - it's obvious as soon as they greet visitors, wide-eyed and talkative.
Bringing out the best in her 1- and 3-year-old is Gonzalez's daily focus, she said.
It hasn't come easily, though. Babies don't come with a handbook to aid in their development. Recognizing she could use some additional resources when her daughter was born, Gonzalez got her family into Southwest Human Development's Healthy Families program.
The experience has been life-altering, she said.