Through a generous donation from HealthPlus Amerigroup, the Kingsborough Community College (KCC) Child Development Center will host a series of parent/child cooking workshops that recently launched on campus to help encourage family togetherness, healthy eating, nutrition education, and fun.
Research shows that involving kids in meal preparation helps to foster closeness within families, prevents behavior problems, and leads to improved results for children in school, allowing for an expanded vocabulary and communication skills – all important contributors for school success.
“The children and their parents had a wonderful experience cooking and spending time together in our first class,” said Child Development Center Director Heather Brown. “When they are a part of food prep, children are also likely to be more adventurous eaters, allowing for more nutritious choices. Our collaboration with HealthPlus Amerigroup not only teaches about cooking low-cost, healthful meals; but the recipes are also simple to follow in fun and creative ways.”
“Understanding the importance of proper nutrition at an early age puts children on the path to a healthier lifestyle,” said Dr. Sajidah Husain, MD, MPH Regional Vice President, Medical Director, HealthPlus Amerigroup. “Our partnership with the Child Development Center at Kingsborough helps children establish this foundation. Activities such as preparing and cooking meals together also provide crucial family bonding benefits for everyone involved.”
Workshop instructors and recipes are provided by Red Rabbit, an organization that partners with local schools to provide children with access to nutritious, made-from-scratch meals, while encouraging wellness, nutrition, and healthy eating choices.
About the Child Development Center at Kingsborough
The KCC Child Development Center offers high-quality early child care and education opportunities to KCC students for their children from ages 18 months to nine years, as well as parent education and academic support for student-parents. The Center’s primary goal is to provide a rich educational experience with the objective of stimulating the intellectual, social, and emotional growth of each child. The Center works closely with families to build positive relationships and offers support by providing workshops and advice on topics such as challenging behaviors and developmental milestones as children grow and develop.
About Kingsborough Community College
Kingsborough Community College serves approximately 14,000 full- and part-time students a year in credit and non-credit bearing courses in liberal arts and career education. As one of the City University of New York’s seven community colleges, Kingsborough provides a high-quality education through associate degree programs that prepare students for transfer to senior colleges or entry into professional careers, and is dedicated to promoting student learning and development as well as strengthening and serving its diverse community.
Dawn Walker (718) 368-5543 (Kingsborough)
Ross Jacobs (470) 891-9892 (HealthPlus Amerigroup)