Childhood Nutrition Concentration

Program Developed in Response to Current Awareness Initiatives Toward Healthy Eating, Childhood Obesity
CHICAGO, Ill. (July 14, 2010) - The Kendall College School of Education announced today the addition of a childhood nutrition concentration for early childhood educators. Available fall 2010, this new concentration furthers Kendall's reputation for offering innovative online and on campus courses that address current trends in early childhood education.

"This concentration is in direct response to state and federal initiatives on childhood nutrition, healthy eating and childhood obesity," said Paul Busceni, dean of Kendall's School of Education. "Kendall College's concentration courses are designed with content that is relevant and responsive to the needs and expectations of today's early childhood educator."

Kendall College is the only four-year college in Illinois and one of a select few nationwide to offer both a Bachelor of Arts in culinary arts and a Bachelor of Arts in early childhood education, uniquely positioning the institution to merge its expertise from these two programs into the childhood nutrition concentration.

"As a nationally recognized leader in the education of culinary arts, we are excited about this collaboration with our School of Education colleagues, who recognize a growing need in the field of early childhood education," said Renee Zonka, managing director and associate dean of Kendall College's School of Culinary Arts. "It's a good feeling knowing that this will impact young lives."

Courses will be offered online and on campus. They will include classroom lectures and practical, in-kitchen applications of nutritional theory, which online learners will engage in via a virtual kitchen experience. The concentration will explore the nutritional needs of children through adolescence, as well as application of nutritional theory with public health initiatives.

In addition to the childhood nutrition concentration, Kendall College is offering two continuing education credit workshops this summer. The workshops will be offered with time split between lecture and cooking demos.

Childhood Education Healthy Cooking and Nutrition Workshop - Prenatal through Age 5
Tuesday, July 20 and Thursday, July 22, 2010 (9 AM - 3 PM)
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM Classroom
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM Kitchen Demo
CPDU credits: 6
Workshop Cost: $75.00

Childhood Education Healthy Cooking and Nutrition Workshop - Age 6 through Adolescence
Tuesday, August 10 or Thursday, August 12, 2010 (9 AM - 3 PM)
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM Classroom
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM Kitchen Demo
CPDU credits: 6
Workshop Cost: $75.00

For more information or to register for the workshop, contact Frank Mares at 312-752-2478.

About Kendall College
Kendall College, which celebrated its 75th anniversary in 2009, offers undergraduate degrees in business, culinary arts, early childhood education and hospitality management. Current enrollment is approximately 2,400 students. The school occupies a stunning "Riverworks" campus near downtown Chicago. Kendall College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association, www.ncahlc.org, 1-312-263-0456. Kendall's School of Education is accredited by the Illinois State Board of Education for its certification preparation program that leads to Illinois Type 04 Teacher Certification. The American Culinary Federation Education Foundation Accrediting Commission has accredited the Culinary Arts Associate program since 1988 and Baking & Pastry Associate program since 2008. Kendall College is a member of the Laureate International Universities network.

Media Contacts:
Amber Cerda, acerda@kendall.edu, 312-752-2472
Maria Alexandra Velez, mvelez@kendall.edu, 443-627-7112