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Commitment to Quality

Driven by our commitment to excellence, our schools pursue the voluntary achievement of a nationally recognized accreditation. Accreditation is an important distinction awarded to schools who exhibit compliance with the highest standards of quality in child care and early education programs.

New Horizon Academy and Accreditations


The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)

NAEYC is the nation's premier organization for early childhood accreditation and represents the mark of high quality in early childhood education. High-quality early education has an enormous impact on children’s lifelong learning and positively contributes to their health and development.

To achieve accreditation, New Horizon Academy completed a rigorous process of self-study, demonstrated high-quality programming in all NAEYC Early Childhood Program Standards, participated in an on-site visit by an early childhood expert, and underwent a final review by the NAEYC commission.


The National Early Childhood Program Accreditation (NECPA)

NECPA is an independent, early childhood education accrediting organization whose mission is to encourage quality and recognize excellence.

To achieve accreditation, New Horizon Academy completed a purposeful self-study process (including parent and staff surveys), a verification visit by early childhood education/child care professionals, and a final review by the NECPA Board of Commissioners.


Parent Aware Quality Rating System

Parent Aware is Minnesota’s voluntary quality rating program. Parent Aware’s Star Ratings are designed to help parents find programs that exceed licensing standards for preparing children for school and life.

• Our programs exemplify a truly engaged school-readiness partner for parents
• We offer ongoing assessment of a child’s progress and regularly update parents on their child's progress
• Our programs continually adapt plans and goals to meet the needs of each individual child
• Our teachers receive ongoing childhood-related education

Accreditations FamilyWhat Does Accreditation Mean For You and Your Child?

  • The highest quality, both in the developmental program for young children and in the health and safety of the environment
  • Increased school-readiness skills and higher success in school
  • The best practices in early childhood education
  • Standards that far exceed state licensing highest requirements
  • An additional objective inspection of all aspects of New Horizon Academy for improved accountability

One hundred percent of our eligible schools are accredited. This is an accomplishment no other child care provider of our size has achieved, and only six percent of early childhood programs nationwide are accredited. As an accredited program, New Horizon Academy joins a select group of early childhood education centers distinguished by our quality, our commitment to young children, and our dedication to excellence.

“We have been with New Horizon for many years primarily because of the quality of teachers. We have particularly appreciated the low turnover and the fact that the teachers seem to genuinely love and care for our kids.”

— Ray H., Parent at New Horizon Academy

New Horizon Academy…Where Love & Learning Grow