New Horizon Academy

Expanding Access to Exceptional Early Learning for Minnesota Children

New Horizon Academy
schools in MN, CO, IA, and ID
recipient of Star Tribune Top Workplaces Award
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Expanding Access to Exceptional Early Learning for Minnesota Children

New Horizon Academy, a Minnesota family-owned and operated company, has been serving young children for nearly 50 years. Our founder, Sue Dunkley, began her career as an elementary school teacher. Sue knew she needed to provide a nurturing place for children to go before they ventured out into the big world; a place that would help them believe in themselves. That is why New Horizon was born.

Today, Chad Dunkley, Sue’s son and one of New Horizon Academy’s first students, is our Chief Executive Officer. Chad ensures that the commitment to excellence Sue strived for in New Horizon’s early years continues to be the cornerstone for each New Horizon Academy.

New Horizon Academy thrives as one of the nation’s most successful and respected child care providers with over 85 schools in Minnesota, Idaho, Iowa, and Colorado. As New Horizon Academy continues to grow and serve more families each year, we will always have family roots, a warm atmosphere, an open door, and a commitment to excellence.

New Horizon Academy believes every child deserves the best care and early education regardless of race, ethnicity, or income. From Rice Street to York Avenue in St. Paul, and from North Minneapolis to West Lake Street, we are committed to providing high quality care in communities where other providers have rarely gone. The development of many New Horizon Academy schools in low-income neighborhoods is due to our tireless advocacy for increased investments in Minnesota’s public programs like child care assistance and Early Learning Scholarships.

New Horizon Academy is committed to quality. In fact, we became the first organization of our size to accomplish 100% national accreditation by the National Association for the Education of Young Children, the gold standard in our field. Each of our schools has also earned the highest quality rating in each of the states we operate in, including Minnesota’s Parent Aware program. Our insatiable appetite for continuous improvement leads the industry every day by adopting the newest research and evidence about how to create the best early childhood classrooms.

But beautiful classrooms with exceptional learning mean nothing if families cannot access them. As we move into the future, New Horizon Academy will continue to play an active role in expanding access to high quality early learning experiences for all children, regardless of socioeconomic status.

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