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Our Mission

To open “New Horizons” of self-esteem and potential for the little people entrusted to our care, their families, and our employees by providing and continuously improving the best child development on the planet!

Our Story

New Horizon Academy, a Minnesota family-owned and operated company, has been serving young children for over 45 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 and entered school, 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 and the foundation that our company was built upon continue to be the cornerstone for each New Horizon Academy. Indeed, the entire mission, philosophy, and practices of New Horizon Academy are devoted to that commitment to excellence and the development of a healthy sense of self in every child enrolled in our programs.

Because of our continuing love, belief, and dedication to children, we have flourished and become one of the nation’s most successful and respected providers of child care and early education.

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.

 

Our History

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1970s

Founded by Susan and William Dunkley as a school devoted to the development of a healthy sense of self in every child enrolled in our programs and a commitment to excellence, New Horizon Nursery School opens.

New Horizon Academy is among the first to offer care for infants in the child care setting.

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A New Horizon

“I began my career as an elementary school teacher. It became clear to me how important it is for children to feel good about themselves. I knew I needed to provide a nurturing place for children to learn before they ventured out into the big world, a place that would help them believe in themselves. That is why New Horizon was born. I chose the name “New Horizon” because I believe that each and every child deserves a new horizon – a place where he or she can say, ‘I like me!’.” - Susan Dunkley 1971, Founder of New Horizon Academy

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1980s

With a focus on innovation, we are the first school to use sign language in infant classrooms to enhance communication and language development. We are proud to operate seven schools in the Twin Cities.

New Horizon Academy implements learning stations to enhance learning opportunities for children.

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1990s

Our commitment to excellence continues with our acquisition of several schools in Idaho and the operation of 47 schools in Minnesota.

New Horizon Academy is proud to provide care for over 5,000 children in Minnesota and Idaho.

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2000s

Our dedication to quality continues.

Our schools earn accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).

Our schools receive the highest ratings from Parent Aware.

We rebrand our schools from New Horizon Child Care to New Horizon Academy.

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2010s

We made a commitment to Partnership for a Healthier America, and we are the pioneer in creating a farm-to-table program for early childhood programs.

We integrate STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) into to our curriculum.

We introduce Daily Connect, an electronic communication tool for families.

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Most Admired CEO

“We provide the best possible learning environment for children during their most formative years.” - Chad Dunkley, Chief Executive Officer

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Today

We continue to thrive as one of the nation’s most successful and respected child care providers with over 65 schools in Minnesota and Idaho. Now, 100 percent of our eligible schools have earned accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children.

Our Family Welcomes Your Family

The entire mission, philosophy, and practices of New Horizon Academy are devoted to a commitment to excellence and the development of a healthy sense of self in every child enrolled in our programs.

Our family is delighted to welcome your family to New Horizon Academy. Childhood may only last a short while, but we know that while with us, your family will gain many happy memories that will last a lifetime.