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Des Moines Register Names New Horizon Academy a Winner of the Iowa Top Workplaces 2019 Award

DES MOINES, IA. September 16, 2019 – New Horizon Academy has been awarded a Top Workplaces 2019 honor by the Des Moines Register. The list is based solely on employee feedback gathered through a third-party survey administered by research partner Energage, LLC, a leading provider of technology-based employee engagement tools. The anonymous survey measures several aspects of workplace culture, including alignment, execution, and connection, just to name a few.

“Top Workplaces is more than just recognition,” said Doug Claffey, CEO of Energage. “Our research shows organizations that earn the award attract better talent, experience lower turnover, and are better equipped to deliver bottom-line results. Their leaders prioritize and carefully craft a healthy workplace culture that supports employee engagement.”

“New Horizon Academy is honored to be selected as one of Top Workplaces in Iowa,” said Chief Executive Officer, Chad Dunkley. “It is a testament to the company’s values of respect, integrity, excellence, innovation, leadership, and teamwork. We are proud of our teachers and it is a privilege to provide a workplace that allows them to grow and thrive, and enjoy coming to work. Our teachers do the world’s most important work, and we are excited to continue our growth and success with our most valuable assets – our people.”

“Becoming a Top Workplace isn’t something organizations can buy,” Claffey said. “It’s an achievement organizations have worked for and a distinction that gives them a competitive advantage. It’s a big deal.”

About New Horizon Academy
New Horizon Academy, who has been serving families since 1971, provides highly trained teachers, a proven curriculum, and safe and secure facilities, all aimed at supporting children’s self-esteem and preparing them for kindergarten and beyond. New Horizon Academy is a nationally recognized high-quality early learning provider with all of its eligible schools accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), the gold standard in its industry. New Horizon Academy’s mission is to provide the best child development on the planet.

About Energage, LLC
Headquartered in Exton, Pa., Energage is a leading provider of technology-based employee engagement tools that help leaders to unlock potential, inspire performance, and achieve amazing results within their organizations. The research partner behind the Top Workplaces program, Energage has surveyed more than 57,000 organizations representing well over 19 million employees in the United States.

 

New Horizon Academy Opened a New School in Broomfield – Its Third in the State of Colorado

DENVER, CO. – New Horizon Academy, family-owned and operated child care provider, is thrilled to have opened its third Colorado school located at 555 Zang Street in Broomfield. The new school in Broomfield joins more than 60 locations in Minnesota, as well as five locations in Idaho, and three locations in Iowa.

Teachers at our new school in Broomfield will care for more than 180 children between the ages of 6 weeks and 10 years. The beautiful new school, located on the corner of Zang Street and W. Flatiron Crossing Drive, features safe, well-equipped, and age-appropriate classrooms. Our school has been thoughtfully designed to enhance learning through play. The school also features safe and unique outdoor play spaces, which the children will enjoy throughout all seasons.

“We know the Denver area is growing faster than its supply of high quality child care,” said Chad Dunkley, CEO of New Horizon Academy. “So we are thrilled to offer the families in the Broomfield area another high quality option.  The best way to see the New Horizon difference is to come in for a tour.”

About New Horizon Academy

New Horizon Academy, who has been serving families since 1971, provides highly trained teachers, a proven curriculum, and safe and secure facilities, all aimed at supporting children’s self-esteem and preparing them for kindergarten and beyond. New Horizon Academy is a nationally recognized high-quality early learning provider with all of its eligible schools accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), the gold standard in its industry. New Horizon Academy’s mission is to provide the best child development on the planet.

For more information, call 720-966-2345 or visit www.NewHorizonAcademy.net

 

New Horizon Academy Opened a New School in Stapleton – It’s Second in the State of Colorado

DENVER, CO. – New Horizon Academy, family-owned and operated child care provider, has opened its second Colorado school located at 9200 E. 40th Avenue in Stapleton, with one more school to come in the area. The new school in Denver joins more than 60 locations in Minnesota, as well as four locations in Idaho, and three locations in Iowa.

New Horizon Academy, who has been serving families since 1971, provides highly trained teachers, a proven curriculum, and safe and secure facilities, all aimed at supporting children’s self-esteem and preparing them for kindergarten and beyond. New Horizon Academy is a nationally recognized high-quality early learning provider with all of its eligible schools accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), the gold standard in its industry. New Horizon Academy’s mission is to provide the best child development on the planet.

Teachers will care for and educate more than 180 children between the ages of 6 weeks and 10 years between the hours of 6:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. The new school features safe, well-equipped, and age-appropriate classrooms that are thoughtfully designed to enhance learning through play. The school will also feature safe and unique outdoor play spaces for the children to enjoy.

“We believe that every child deserves the best care and early education,” said Chad Dunkley, CEO of New Horizon Academy. “We are thrilled to be able to provide the families of Colorado with our high-quality child care and early education programs.”

For more information, call 720-547-7476 or visit www.NewHorizonAcademy.net

 

New Horizon Academy in Downtown Des Moines is Now Accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children

DES MOINES, IA – New Horizon Academy in downtown Des Moines is now accredited by 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.

To achieve accreditation, New Horizon Academy in downtown Des Moines 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.

To be NAEYC accredited means that you must meet standards that far exceed state licensing’s highest requirements. A child attending an accredited school will get the highest quality, both in the developmental programming for young children and in the health and safety of the environment.

“It is a huge accomplished and such an honor to have our school be nationally accredited by the most elite organization in early childhood education,” said Amber Schaben, Director of New Horizon Academy.

One hundred percent of eligible New Horizon Academy 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 in downtown Des Moines joins a select group of early childhood education centers distinguished by our quality, our commitment to young children, and our dedication to excellence.

 

Star Tribune Names New Horizon Academy a 2019 Top Workplace

Plymouth, MN June 16, 2019—New Horizon Academy has been named one of the Top Workplaces in Minnesota by the Star Tribune. A complete list of those selected is available at StarTribune.com/topworkplaces2019 and will also be published in the Star Tribune Top Workplaces special section on Sunday, June 16.

Produced by the same team that compiles the 28-year-old Star Tribune 100 report of the best-performing public companies in Minnesota, Top Workplaces recognizes the most progressive companies in Minnesota based on employee opinions measuring engagement, organizational health and satisfaction. The analysis included responses from over 140,000 employees at Minnesota public, private and nonprofit organizations.

The results of the Star Tribune Top Workplaces are based on survey information collected by Energage, an independent company specializing in employee engagement and retention.

“New Horizon Academy is honored to be selected as one of Top Workplaces in Minnesota,” said Chief Executive Officer, Chad Dunkley. “It is a testament to the company’s values of respect, integrity, excellence, innovation, leadership, and teamwork. We are proud of our teachers and it is a privilege to provide a workplace that allows them to grow and thrive, and enjoy coming to work. Our teachers do the world’s most important work, and we are excited to continue our growth and success with our most valuable assets – our people.”

Star Tribune Publisher Michael J. Klingensmith said, “The companies in the Star Tribune Top Workplaces deserve high praise for creating the very best work environments in the state of Minnesota. My congratulations to each of these exceptional companies.”

New Horizon Academy is a family-owned and operated company that has been providing high quality care and education to young children for more than 45 years. While focusing on developing a healthy sense of self in each child, New Horizon Academy also strives to provide your child with the necessary skills to succeed not only in school, but in life.

To qualify for the Star Tribune Top Workplaces, a company must have more than 50 employees in Minnesota. Over 2,000 companies were invited to participate. Rankings were composite scores calculated purely on the basis of employee responses.

 

New Horizon Academy to Open New Location in Broomfield

PLYMOUTH, Minn. – New Horizon Academy will be bringing its high-quality early education and child care programs to Broomfield, CO. The new school, located at 555 Zang Street, is joining two other locations in Colorado, as well as schools in Minnesota, Idaho, and Iowa.

Teachers will care for and educate more than 180 children between the ages of 6 weeks and 10 years from 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. The school features safe, attractive, and age-appropriate classrooms that are thoughtfully designed to enhance learning through play. The school will also feature safe and fun outdoor play spaces for the children to enjoy.

“We believe that every child deserves the best care and early education,” said Chad Dunkley, CEO of New Horizon Academy. “We are very excited to be a part of this growing community and to be able to provide Broomfield families and children with our high-quality programs.”

About New Horizon Academy
New Horizon Academy, a family-owned company, has been serving families since 1971. With more than 60 Minnesota locations, it provides highly trained teachers, a proven curriculum, and safe and secure facilities, all aimed at supporting children’s self-esteem and preparing them for kindergarten and beyond. New Horizon Academy is a nationally recognized high-quality early learning provider with all of its eligible centers accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (“NAEYC”), the gold standard in its industry. New Horizon Academy’s mission is to provide the best child development on the planet. For more information, call (720) 419-3353 or visit www.NewHorizonAcademy.net.

 

New Horizon Academy Opened a New School in Johnston – Its Third in the State of Iowa

PLYMOUTH, Minn. – New Horizon Academy, family-owned and operated child care provider, has opened its third Iowa school located at 8650 NW 62nd Avenue in Johnston. The new school in Johnston joins two other Iowa locations, as well as locations in Colorado, Idaho, and Minnesota.

New Horizon Academy, who has been serving families since 1971, provides highly trained teachers, a proven curriculum, and safe and secure facilities, all aimed at supporting children’s self-esteem and preparing them for kindergarten and beyond. New Horizon Academy is a nationally recognized high-quality early learning provider with all of its eligible schools accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), the gold standard in its industry. New Horizon Academy’s mission is to provide the best child development on the planet.

Teachers will care for and educate more than 170 children between the ages of 6 weeks and 10 years between the hours of 6:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. The new school features safe, well-equipped, and age-appropriate classrooms that are thoughtfully designed to enhance learning through play. The school will also feature safe and unique outdoor play spaces for the children to enjoy.

“We believe that every child deserves the best care and early education,” said Chad Dunkley, CEO of New Horizon Academy. “We are thrilled to be able to provide the families of Iowa with our high-quality child care and early education programs.”

For more information, call 515-348-4028 or visit www.NewHorizonAcademy.net.

 

New Horizon Academy Presents Walk-In Week (February 18-22, 2019)

Come in and learn more about joining our dedicated team of education professionals at any of our Minnesota, Idaho, and Iowa locations from February 18 through 22 during regular business hours. Please bring your resume and contact information for any references you have.

We offer a fun, professional work environment, and a suite of benefits including 401K, health, dental and life insurance, child care discounts, career advancement opportunities and much more! Visit our Career Page for more information.

New Horizon Academy Opened a New School in Centennial – Its First in the State of Colorado

PLYMOUTH, Minn. – New Horizon Academy, family-owned and operated child care provider, has opened its first Colorado school located at 10472 E. Easter Ave. in Centennial, with two more schools to come in the area. The new school in Centennial joins more than 60 locations in Minnesota, as well as four locations in Idaho, and three locations in Iowa.

New Horizon Academy, who has been serving families since 1971, provides highly trained teachers, a proven curriculum, and safe and secure facilities, all aimed at supporting children’s self-esteem and preparing them for kindergarten and beyond. New Horizon Academy is a nationally recognized high-quality early learning provider with all of its eligible schools accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), the gold standard in its industry. New Horizon Academy’s mission is to provide the best child development on the planet.

Teachers will care for and educate more than 180 children between the ages 6 weeks and 10 years between the hours of 6:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. The new school features safe, well-equipped, and age-appropriate classrooms that are thoughtfully designed to enhance learning through play. The school will also feature safe and unique outdoor play spaces for the children to enjoy.

“We believe that every child deserves the best care and early education,” said Chad Dunkley, CEO of New Horizon Academy. “We are thrilled to be able to provide the families of Colorado with our high-quality child care and early education programs.”

For more information, call 720-502-6192 or visit www.NewHorizonAcademy.net

 

New Horizon Academy Hosts Book Drive to Benefit Reach Out and Read

In honor of “I Love to Read” month, we are conducting a book drive to collect new or gently used children’s books to benefit the programs of Reach Out and Read, a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting early literacy.

Families are invited to bring new or gently used books to any of our New Horizon Academy locations. The books will be delivered to local hospitals and clinics.

Your support helps ensure school readiness and positive outcomes for children. With your cooperation, we can spread the joy of reading and nurture a nation of readers. Donations will be accepted at New Horizon Academy schools February 1st through February 28th. Thank you in advance for your generous donations!

 

Childcare: Connected

 

“Hi, buddy! Mommy’s back!”

I say to my 4-month-old as I scoop him up from the playmat at daycare.

It’s been a solid eight hours since I kissed his rosy cheeks goodbye, but I already know so much about his day: I know he pooped at 10:35 a.m. (whew!), drained three 6-ounce bottles (growing boy!) and took two naps (9:45 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.) — the dreaded catnaps, but hey, at least he slept. I also know he enjoyed an afternoon stroll outside, as evidenced by a snapshot of him smiling in the buggy.

How do I know all this?

Well, fortunately, our childcare center uses a mobile app that enables teachers to give parents real-time updates of their child’s day — and it’s not the only one. All across Minnesota (and the country), childcare centers are diving into the digital age as a way to streamline and simplify communication between parents and staff.

“We were kind of ahead of the curve in using an app, but it was just the right thing to do for families,” said Cara Johnson-Bader, the vice president of marketing and parent experiences for Plymouth-based New Horizon Academy, which operates 74 centers in four states.

“Our young families want information right away, and this was the route to go,” added New Horizon Academy marketing manager Katie Heruth, who helped roll out the Daily Connect app (screenshots below) for New Horizon locations in 2013.

Meanwhile, in Bloomington, another childcare center has embraced the digital era — Kinderplatz Childcare & Education Center, which started using the Tadpoles app in 2014.

Switching to electronic reporting has not only eased communication — it’s also given centers an eco-friendly boost, said Kristi McKee, assistant director at Kinderplatz.

“Reducing the amount of paper we use also reduces the amount of ink we need to purchase, which ultimately saves us money that can be used toward improved child programs, staff training and furniture and equipment purchases,” McKee said.

Teachers using the Daily Connect app can see at a glance which children are in their care and their unique needs.

Bridging the gap

For parents, these apps often act as a digital observation deck, inviting them into the classroom throughout the day. In addition to offering a comprehensive daily report sent via text or email at the end of the day, many daycare apps also enable parents to receive real-time updates.

Teachers can grab one of the classroom’s tablet devices to quickly log diaper changes, bottle feedings and nap times, which parents then receive via email or mobile alerts.

“Daily Connect has done a lovely job of bridging the gap from home to school,” Johnson-Bader said. “Obviously, children are the priority, so teachers respond when they can, but it really is a nice bridge for that communication.”

Beyond diaper blowouts and bottle feedings, these apps can also be used to invite parents into their child’s daily learning, especially for toddlers and preschoolers.

If children are engaged in a STEAM activity, for example, teachers can take photos and send them to families to document the special learning that’s taking place based on the curriculum in the classroom.

Peace of mind — at home and abroad

Getting on-the-go messages and photos can ease the mind of anxious parents — especially if their child just entered daycare or is transitioning to the next classroom.

“If a parent drops off their toddler and he’s crying because of separation anxiety, five minutes later the child may be engaged in activity,” Johnson-Bader said. “The teacher can snap a photo and send it to Mom to let her know he’s having a happy day.”

For parents who travel for work, the real-time updates can make the time away feel less isolating, Johnson-Bader said.

“A mom who was traveling extensively was missing her child, but getting updates on Daily Connect made the trip much easier,” she said. “The teachers were aware she was traveling, so they made sure to send her a lot of updates.”

Convenience for all

Whether it’s teachers wrangling squirmy limbs during diaper changes or parents rushing off to a meeting, it can be difficult to step aside for a call every time information needs to be relayed.

Luckily, these apps make it fast and easy to send notes back and forth. Parents can quickly alert teachers about things like an early pickup, late drop-off or that Grandma will be picking up Henry today.

“I’ve used the app to request that they give my little one her inhaler around lunch time if I forgot to ask them at drop off, or to let them know that I was able to make a doctor’s appointment in the afternoon,” said Emily Vonder Haar, whose daughter, Anna, attends Kinderplatz.

Likewise, teachers can quickly send notes to parents — “Ava is running low on diapers.” — or create action items that appear on the parents’ dashboards in red until they’re addressed.

“It’s much easier to communicate about the child’s day through Tadpoles, versus having to write out everything by hand,” said Annalissa Hansen, a teacher in the infant classroom at Kinderplatz.

Another teacher at New Horizon in Bloomington agreed: “I believe this is a far better method for parent communication versus handwritten daily sheets. It is much easier and more convenient for teachers.”

While many activities are logged in real time, teachers can do even more entries during nap time.

Teachers at Kinderplatz said they like the administrative portal of the Tadpoles app because it allows staff to quickly send urgent, center-wide alerts to all families in the event of an emergency or unexpected closing. Childcare apps also allow teachers to quickly access each child’s medical, allergy and approved-guardian information from one centralized location.

‘How was your day?’

For toddlers and preschoolers, the apps’ daily activity reports can be a great conversation starter — a kickoff to that car-ride talk or dinnertime chat. Instead of asking vague questions (which often result in equally vague answers), parents can use the daily report and photos to initiate more meaningful and personalized discussions.

“I feel more engaged in my kid’s day,” Vonder Haar said. “I am able to ask questions and ‘surprise’ her that I know what she has done.”

Both the Tadpoles and Daily Connect apps allow teachers to snap and send photos (or in some cases, even videos) of kids throughout the day — a feature that wins over the hearts of many parents.

“It certainly puts us at ease, seeing his smiling face and knowing he is keeping active and engaged,” one mom said. “It’s easier to leave him when we know we’ll be getting updates each day.”

Some parents download the photos for personal use, as well as revisit photos from past weeks, months or even years with the app essentially becoming a chronological digital photo album for their child.

“One of my favorite things about the app is that I can go back to October 2015 to see how big my little one was versus October 2016, 2017 and 2018,” Vonder Haar said. “It’s fun to look back, as the time goes so fast.”

Some apps come with additional safety precautions regarding photos.

For example, Tadpoles disables the ability to download a photo if it also features other parents’ kids. Administrators can also opt to approve all photos before they’re shared.

For New Horizon’s Daily Connect app, parents can sign a release allowing (or declining) New Horizon’s authority to take and post photos of their child through the app.

“The teachers are very mindful of that when they take photos,” Johnson-Bader said.

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New Horizon Academy in West Des Moines is Now Open

PLYMOUTH, Minn. – New Horizon Academy has opened its newest school in West Des Moines located at 9040 University Avenue. This new school is the second Iowa location and joins more than 70 other locations in Minnesota, Colorado, and Idaho.

Teachers will care for and educate more than 170 children ages 6 weeks through 4th grade between the hours of 6:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. The school features safe, attractive, and age-appropriate classrooms that are thoughtfully designed to enhance learning through play. The school will also feature safe and fun outdoor play spaces for the children to enjoy.

“We believe that every child deserves the best care and early education,” said Chad Dunkley, CEO of New Horizon Academy. “We are very excited to be a part of this growing community and to be able to provide West Des Moines families and children with our high-quality programs.”

About New Horizon Academy

New Horizon Academy, a family-owned company based out of Minnesota, has been serving families since 1971.   With more than 70 locations in Minnesota, Iowa, Colorado, and Idaho, it provides highly trained teachers, a proven curriculum, and safe and secure facilities, all aimed at supporting children’s self-esteem and preparing them for kindergarten and beyond.

New Horizon Academy is a nationally recognized high-quality early learning provider with all of its eligible centers accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (“NAEYC”), the gold standard in its industry and 4-Star Parent Aware rated, the highest rating available under Minnesota’s quality rating system.  New Horizon Academy’s mission is to provide the best child development on the planet.

For more information, call 515-608-6933 or visit www.NewHorizonAcademy.net

 

New Horizon Academy’s Own, Penny Allen, Named 2018 CFO of the Year Honoree

PLYMOUTH, Minn. – (November 14, 2018) New Horizon Academy CFO, Penny Allen, was selected by the Minneapolis St. Paul Business Journal as a 2018 CFO of the Year Honoree.

Each year the Business Journal recognizes the Twin Cities’ top financial executives from companies large and small. These executives are evaluated by a panel of other financial leaders who score them on their contributions to their company and the community as well. This year, Penny was among more than 20 other prominent executives in the workforce to be honored with this elite award.

Penny has been with New Horizon Academy for 24 years now and she plays a very crucial role on the leadership team. Known at New Horizon as the “CFO with a heart,” Penny is very active in her support of charitable causes such as Children’s Minnesota and the Susan G. Komen foundation.

“We are so proud that Penny has been honored as a 2018 CFO of the Year,” said Chad Dunkley, CEO of New Horizon Academy. “She is such an important asset to New Horizon Academy and the work she does in our company, and the community, makes a huge difference in the lives of children and their families.”

For more information, call 763-557-1111 or visit www.NewHorizonAcademy.net.

 

New Horizon Academy Holds 16th Annual Professional Development Conference

On Monday, October 8, 2018, New Horizon Academy held their 16th Annual Professional Development Conference. Nearly 2,000 classroom and management staff attended the conference, which was filled with workshops, recognition and awards for achievement, parent testimonials, and opportunities to collaborate with one another. This year’s theme, What’s Your NHA Story?, took our teachers on an inspirational journey that reinforced the value of their chosen profession. Workshop topics included curriculum enhancements, child development research, cultural awareness, emotional intelligence, food and nutrition, behavior guidance, and more.

The day was a rousing success, and we certainly appreciate the support of our community!

 

New Horizon Academy in Shakopee is Now Open

PLYMOUTH, Minn. – New Horizon Academy has opened its newest school in Shakopee located at 1615 Windermere Way. This new school is joining more than 60 other New Horizon Academy locations in Minnesota.

Teachers will care for and educate more than 170 children ages 6 weeks through 4th grade between the hours of 6:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. The school features safe, attractive, and age-appropriate classrooms that are thoughtfully designed to enhance learning through play. The school will also feature safe and fun outdoor play spaces for the children to enjoy.

“We believe that every child deserves the best care and early education,” said Chad Dunkley, CEO of New Horizon Academy. “We are very excited to be a part of this growing community and to be able to provide Shakopee families and children with our high-quality programs.”

About New Horizon Academy

New Horizon Academy, a family-owned Minnesota company, has been serving families since 1971. It provides highly trained teachers, a proven curriculum, and safe and secure facilities, all aimed at supporting children’s self-esteem and preparing them for kindergarten and beyond.  New Horizon Academy is a nationally recognized high quality early learning provider with all of its eligible centers accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (“NAEYC”), the gold standard in its industry, and is 4-Star Parent Aware rated, the highest rating available under Minnesota’s quality rating system.  New Horizon Academy’s mission is to provide the best child development on the planet.

Call to Action

Please join us for our Grand Opening open house on Saturday, November 3rd, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. You will have the opportunity to tour our brand new school, meet our wonderful staff, and enjoy the free family activities. We hope to see you there!

For more information, call (651) 424-0463 or visit www.NewHorizonAcademy.net 

 

New Horizon Academy Presents Walk-In Week (August 13-17, 2018)

Come in and learn more about joining our dedicated team of education professionals at any of our Minnesota and Idaho locations from August 13 through 17 during regular business hours. Please bring your resume and contact information for any references you have.

We offer a fun, professional work environment, and a suite of benefits including 401K, health, dental and life insurance, child care discounts, career advancement opportunities and much more! Visit our Career Page for more information.

New Horizon Academy Opens New School in Downtown Des Moines – Its First in the State of Iowa

PLYMOUTH, Minn. – New Horizon Academy, family-owned and operated child care provider, has opened its first Iowa school located at 450 SW 9th Street in Des Moines, with two more schools to come in the area. The new school in downtown Des Moines joins more than 60 locations in and around the Twin Cities of Minnesota, as well as four locations in Idaho, and two locations soon to come in Colorado.

New Horizon Academy, who has been serving families since 1971, provides highly trained teachers, a proven curriculum, and safe and secure facilities, all aimed at supporting children’s self-esteem and preparing them for kindergarten and beyond.  New Horizon Academy is a nationally recognized high-quality early learning provider with all of its eligible centers accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), the gold standard in its industry. New Horizon Academy’s mission is to provide the best child development on the planet.

Teachers will care for and educate more than 160 children ages 6 weeks through 5 years between the hours of 6:00 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. The new school features safe, well-equipped, and age-appropriate classrooms that are thoughtfully designed to enhance learning through play. The school will also feature safe and unique outdoor play spaces for the children to enjoy.

“We believe that every child deserves the best care and early education,” said Chad Dunkley, CEO of New Horizon Academy. “We are thrilled to be able to provide the families of Des Moines with our high-quality child care and early education programs.”

Call to Action

Please join us for our Grand Opening open house on Saturday, August 11th, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Enjoy a day filled with free family activities that include Iowa-State-Fair-themed games and activities, face painting, a live animal experience, fair food, and more. You will have the opportunity to tour our brand new school, meet our wonderful staff, and enjoy the fun activities. We hope to see you there!

For more information, call 515-282-4229 or visit www.NewHorizonAcademy.net

 

New Horizon Academy Area Director Named Governing Board Member of Idaho AEYC

PLYMOUTH, Minn. – Cammra Wakagawa, the area director for New Horizon Academy, received the honor of being named a governing board member of the Idaho Association for the Education of Young Children (Idaho AEYC).

Idaho AEYC is a part of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) which is the nation’s premier organization for early childhood accreditation and represents the mark of high quality in early childhood education. Board members must be very passionate about advancing Idaho’s early learning profession and they are essentially the voice for high quality early learning.

The governing board members serve to support, promote and facilitate the goals and objectives of Idaho AEYC. Each member who is selected serves a 2-year term beginning July 1 of the year elected and extending to June 30 of the final year of the term.

“We are so proud to have Cammra represent New Horizon Academy on the Idaho AEYC governing board,” said Chad Dunkley, CEO of New Horizon Academy. “She is very committed to helping children receive the highest quality care and the work she does makes a huge difference in the lives of children and their families.”

About New Horizon Academy

New Horizon Academy, a family-owned Minnesota company, has been serving families since 1971.   With more than 60 Minnesota locations, it provides highly trained teachers, a proven curriculum, and safe and secure facilities, all aimed at supporting children’s self-esteem and preparing them for kindergarten and beyond.  New Horizon Academy is a nationally recognized high quality early learning provider with all of its eligible centers accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (“NAEYC”), the gold standard in its industry and 4-Star Parent Aware rated, the highest rating available under Minnesota’s quality rating system.  New Horizon Academy’s mission is to provide the best child development on the planet.

 

New Horizon Academy to Open New Location in Shakopee

PLYMOUTH, Minn. – New Horizon Academy will be bringing its high-quality early education and child care programs to Shakopee in fall of 2018. The new school, located at 1615 Windermere Way, is joining more than 60 other New Horizon Academy locations in Minnesota.

Teachers will care for and educate more than 170 children ages 6 weeks through 4th grade between the hours of 6:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. The school features safe, attractive, and age-appropriate classrooms that are thoughtfully designed to enhance learning through play. The school will also feature safe and fun outdoor play spaces for the children to enjoy.

“We believe that every child deserves the best care and early education,” said Chad Dunkley, CEO of New Horizon Academy. “We are very excited to be a part of this growing community and to be able to provide Shakopee families and children with our high-quality programs.”

About New Horizon Academy

New Horizon Academy, a family-owned Minnesota company, has been serving families since 1971.   With more than 60 Minnesota locations, it provides highly trained teachers, a proven curriculum, and safe and secure facilities, all aimed at supporting children’s self-esteem and preparing them for kindergarten and beyond.  New Horizon Academy is a nationally recognized high quality early learning provider with all of its eligible centers accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (“NAEYC”), the gold standard in its industry and 4-Star Parent Aware rated, the highest rating available under Minnesota’s quality rating system.  New Horizon Academy’s mission is to provide the best child development on the planet.

For more information, call (763) 557-1111 or visit www.NewHorizonAcademy.net

 

 

Construction Global: Holistic Building with Community in Mind

Written By Olivia Minnock 
Produced By Tom Venturo

 

“Working at New Horizon Academy, where children have a safe place to grow and learn, I’m doing something that matters and will have a long-term impact on the community.” For Alan Ruth, Vice President of Facilities & Construction, New Horizon Academy is more than just a developer – it works to nurture the children and communities of the future.

The family-owned Minnesota business was founded by elementary school teacher Sue Dunkley who recognised the need for children to learn in a nurturing environment. The company is now led by her son, CEO Chad Dunkley, who was one of the first students at a New Horizon Academy. Since 1971, New Horizon Academy has expanded across the US to design and build bespoke, holistic school buildings and is still growing, with 75 schools in its portfolio and 12 under development.

Ruth joined the business in 2014 and has brought many elements of the business together, overseeing a variety of departments like construction/development, purchasing, maintenance, IT and the company’s 100-plus fleet. “They needed someone to head up that national presence and help grow the brand across the US. I have many different department heads who report to me, and I set them up for the future. I started working with key decision-makers for the company, inside and out, seeing what our goals were and putting all departments on track to achieve those goals.” He also oversees day-to-day facilities management: “At all times, we’re negotiating long- term contracts, for all services, which include: energy, lawn care, snow removal, cleaning and repairs.”

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Star Tribune Names New Horizon Academy a 2018 Top 150 Workplace

Plymouth, MN June 21, 2018—New Horizon Academy has been named one of the Top 150 Workplaces in Minnesota by the Star Tribune. A complete list of those selected is available at StarTribune.com/topworkplaces2018 and will also be published in the Star Tribune Top Workplaces special section on Sunday, June 24.

Produced by the same team that compiles the 27-year-old Star Tribune 100 report of the best-performing public companies in Minnesota, Top Workplaces recognizes the most progressive companies in Minnesota based on employee opinions measuring engagement, organizational health and satisfaction. The analysis included responses from over 71,000 employees at Minnesota public, private and nonprofit organizations.

The rankings in the Star Tribune Top 150 Workplaces are based on survey information collected by Energage, formerly WorkplaceDynamics, an independent company specializing in employee engagement and retention.

New Horizon Academy was ranked 22 on the large company list.

“New Horizon Academy is honored to be selected as one of the Top 150 Workplaces in Minnesota,” said Chief Executive Officer, Chad Dunkley. “It is a testament to the company’s values of respect, integrity, excellence, innovation, leadership, and teamwork. We are proud of our teachers and it is a privilege to provide a workplace that allows them to grow and thrive, and enjoy coming to work. Our teachers do the world’s most important work, and we are excited to continue our growth and success with our most valuable assets – our people.”

Star Tribune Publisher Michael J. Klingensmith said, “The companies in the Star Tribune Top 150 Workplaces deserve high praise for creating the very best work environments in the state of Minnesota. My congratulations to each of these exceptional companies.”

New Horizon Academy is a family-owned and operated company that has been providing high quality care and education to young children for more than 45 years. While focusing on developing a healthy sense of self in each child, New Horizon Academy also strives to provide your child with the necessary skills to succeed not only in school, but in life.

To qualify for the Star Tribune Top Workplaces, a company must have more than 50 employees in Minnesota. Over 2,400 companies were invited to participate. Rankings were composite scores calculated purely on the basis of employee responses.

 

New Horizon Academy breaks ground in Stapleton

 

National Child Care Company Expands to Colorado

New Horizon Academy, a Minnesota-based family-owned and operated child care provider, has begun construction of its first Colorado school at the Denver Tech Center, 10472 E. Easter Ave., Centennial. The company also recently broke ground on a second location in Stapleton, 9200 E. 40th Ave.

The new schools join a growing footprint of 70 New Horizon Academy locations in and around the Twin Cities of Minnesota, four in Idaho and two in Iowa.

“At New Horizon, we are constantly tracking the regions with the greatest need for high-quality early learning and child care,” Chad Dunkley, CEO of New Horizon Academy, said in a news release. “Colorado’s booming population, with a shortage of child care openings, was a top market when we planned our national expansion.”  Dunkley notes the company plans to add four locations in the state within the coming year.

The Centennial location is anticipated to open in August, and the Stapleton site is expected to open in September.

New Horizon Academy has been serving families since 1971. For more information, call 720-419-3353 or visit www.NewHorizonAcademy.net

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National Child Care Company Announces Iowa Expansion

PLYMOUTH, Minn. (May 21, 2018) – New Horizon Academy, a Minnesota-based family-owned and operated child care provider, has announced plans to expand in Iowa, adding three Des Moines area locations in 2018. The three schools will bring 530 much-needed openings for children ages six weeks through five years as the region continues its rapid growth, particularly of young families with children.

The opening of the first New Horizon Academy, located at 550 SW 9th Street in the Gray’s Landing development in downtown Des Moines, which is currently under construction, is slated for July. Ground will be broken for a second location, in West Des Moines at 9040 University Ave., on May 21, with an opening expected in September. Next month, construction begins on a third location in Johnston, at 8633 Crescent Chase, which is expected to open in October.

Teachers will care for and educate children between the hours of 6:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. The New Horizon Academy schools features safe, well-equipped, and age-appropriate indoor and outdoor classrooms and playgrounds that are thoughtfully designed to enhance learning through play.

“Our expansion team closely tracks demographics to identify communities that are experiencing population booms and analyze the need for child care resources for growing families,” said Chad Dunkley, CEO of New Horizon Academy, which has 60 locations concentrated primarily in the Twin Cities of Minnesota. “We also match demographic criteria of communities against what we’ve seen in the Twin Cities in terms of parent expectations for care and early childhood education, and how we can uniquely serve these needs. All around, Iowa was a natural choice for our national expansion and we look forward to becoming a part of the Des Moines community.”

As part of its presence in communities, the company also advocates for families at the state and federal levels, on opportunities and issues related to quality rankings and standards for child care facilities, and access and affordability of quality care for families. New Horizon Academy is a recognized leader for its involvement in early childhood brain development research as well as research on the economic returns of investing in early learning programs.

“We look forward to partnering with Iowa legislators and representing a greater portion of the Midwest at the U.S. capitol, on behalf of Des Moines families,” said Dunkley, who currently serves as president of the Minnesota Childcare Association and has been a leader in the launch of the state’s early childhood scholarships and the Parent Aware ranking system for families choosing care for their children.

New Horizon Academy has been serving families since 1971, and provides highly trained teachers, a proven curriculum, and safe and secure facilities, all aimed at supporting children’s self-esteem and preparing them for kindergarten and beyond. New Horizon Academy is a nationally recognized high quality early learning provider with all of its eligible centers accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), the gold standard in its industry. New Horizon Academy’s mission is to provide the best child development on the planet. For more information, call 515-608-6933 or visit www.NewHorizonAcademy.net 

 

Nearly 1,000 child care slots opening in Des Moines metro

Six child care centers are opening in the Des Moines metro this year, bringing nearly 1,000 much-needed slots for families with young children.

According to the Iowa Child Care Resource and Referral, both Polk and Dallas counties have a shortage of child care options.

New housing is bringing in more families to the metro, which saw the population of children age 5 and younger increase from 2012 to 2017. But during that same span, the metro had a decrease in the number of child care programs, the resource and referral agency reports.

Minneapolis-based New Horizon Academy is building three of the new child care centers in Des Moines, Johnston and West Des Moines.

The company’s centers will have room for about 530 children.

“Our expansion team closely tracks demographics to identify communities that are experiencing population booms and analyze the need for child care resources,” said Chad Dunkley, chief executive of New Horizon Academy.

New Horizon’s first center will open this summer at 550 S.W. Ninth St. near downtown Des Moines in the Cityville mixed-use development. The multi-story center will have a rooftop playground for preschoolers and a ground-floor playground for infants and toddlers, Watson said.

The Cityville location will accept children from six weeks to kindergarten.

The company’s second center will open in late fall at 9040 University Ave. in West Des Moines. It will accept up to 182 children from six weeks to fourth grade. Programs include before- and after-school and summer sessions.

The Johnston center at 8633 Crescent Chase also will accept 182 children when it opens by the end of the year. It is similar in design to the West Des Moines center.

The three child care centers are New Horizon’s first foray into the Iowa market. The company operates about 65 centers in three states.

New Horizon was founded 47 years ago by Dunkley’s mother, Susan Dunkley. Chad Dunkley was the center’s first student.

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New Horizon Academy’s Own, Clare Sanford, Honored at the Business Journal’s 2018 Women in Business Awards

PLYMOUTH, Minn. – (May 17, 2018)  New Horizon Academy Director of Government and Community Relations, Clare Sanford, was honored at the Minneapolis St. Paul Business Journal 2018 Women in Business Awards Luncheon and Expo.

Each year the Business Journal recognizes the Twin Cities’ most influential women in the workforce. These women include industry-leading executives, business owners and entrepreneurs. This year, Clare was among more than 40 other prominent women in the workforce to be honored with this elite award.

In her role Clare is an advocate for making sure that each child in Minnesota has plenty of opportunities and access to high-quality early education and care. Clare also serves as a board member for the Minnesota Child Care Association, the Northside Achievement Zone and Parent Aware.

“We are so proud that Clare has been honored at the 2018 Women in Business Awards,” said Chad Dunkley, CEO of New Horizon Academy. “She is such an important asset to New Horizon Academy and the work she does makes a huge difference in the lives of children and their families.”

 

National Child Care Company Expands into Colorado

PLYMOUTH, MN (May 14, 2018) — New Horizon Academy, a Minnesota-based family-owned and operated child care provider, has begun construction of its first Colorado school at the Denver Tech Center, 10472 E. Easter Ave., in Centennial, and broken ground on a second location in Stapleton, at 9200 E. 40th Ave. The new schools join a growing footprint of 70 New Horizon Academy locations in and around the Twin Cities of Minnesota, four in Idaho and two in Iowa.

“At New Horizon, we are constantly tracking the regions with the greatest need for high-quality early learning and child care,” said Chad Dunkley, CEO of New Horizon Academy.  “Colorado’s booming population, with a shortage of child care openings, was a top market when we planned our national expansion.”  Dunkley notes the company plans to add four locations in the state within the coming year.

The current New Horizon Academy locations in development are equipped to care for 376 children, ages six weeks through five years. The new Centennial location is anticipated to open in August. The company expects its Stapleton site to open in September.  The schools feature state-of-the-art, well-equipped and age-appropriate classrooms, and playgrounds that are thoughtfully designed to enhance learning through play.

New Horizon Academy has been serving families since 1971, and provides highly trained teachers, a proven curriculum, and safe and secure facilities, all aimed at supporting children’s self-esteem and preparing them for kindergarten and beyond.  New Horizon Academy is a nationally recognized high quality early learning provider with all of its eligible centers accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), the gold standard in its industry. New Horizon Academy’s mission is to provide the best child development on the planet. For more information, call 720-419-3353 or visit www.NewHorizonAcademy.net

 

New Horizon Academy Presents Walk-In Week in Idaho (April 16-20, 2018)

Come in and learn more about joining our dedicated team of education professionals at any of our four Idaho locations from April 16 through 20 during regular business hours. Please bring your resume and contact information for any references you have.

We offer a fun, professional work environment, and a suite of benefits including 401K, health, dental and life insurance, child care discounts, career advancement opportunities and much more! Visit our Career Page for more information.

 

New Horizon Academy Collects 7,711 Books in Honor of “I Love to Read Month”

PLYMOUTH, Minn. – In honor of “I Love to Read” month, New Horizon Academy conducted a book drive to collect new or gently used children’s books to benefit the programs of Reach Out and Read.

Reach Out and Read is a nonprofit organization that promotes early literacy and school readiness in pediatric exam rooms nationwide by giving new books to children and advice to parents about the importance of reading aloud. Reach Out and Read serves more than 4 million children and their families annually.

During the month of February, New Horizon Academy families were invited to bring new or gently used books to any of our New Horizon Academy locations. The support of families donating books helps ensure school readiness and positive outcomes for children. With the cooperation of our families, we are able to spread the joy of reading, and nurture a nation of readers.

“Developing early literacy skills is essential for a child to succeed in elementary school,” said Desiree Culhane, Director of New Horizon Academy, Apple Valley.  “We are delighted to help support the important mission of Reach Out and Read.”

All 7,711 books that were donated will be delivered to the Children’s Hospital and Clinics of Minnesota.

 

Children’s Menu Grows Up: Innovations in Feeding at New Horizon Academy

Each issue of Viewpoint features members from different business segments who have demonstrated exceptional leadership in foodservice. Here is how the Premier Foodservice program has benefited our staff, facility and families due to the efforts of our Food and Nutrition Specialist, Jill Weldon.

The Situation

Early childhood educator New Horizon Academy was looking to make menu updates in order to better align their offerings with new USDA child and adult care food program guidelines. Going beyond standard kid-friendly foods at all 70+ Midwest locations was critical to Jill Weldon, supporting their mission of providing nutrition to empower children’s physical, cognitive, emotional and physical growth.

“While at first we heard ‘where’s my syrup?’ from the children, we’re now hearing ‘where’s my yogurt for waffle dipping?’” – Jill Weldon

The Solution

Jill tapped into the expertise of Premier’s registered dietitian Stacy Lofton, Director of Nutrition, Strategic Sourcing & Solutions, to help revamp the five-week cycle menu, create and test recipes, and locate products that met established criteria for lower sodium and sugar. Together, they incorporated healthful but somewhat unfamiliar items in a way that appealed to the diverse groups of children, staff and families served at the Minnesota and Idaho centers. For instance, syrup was taken off the menu and replaced with berries, lower sugar yogurt and cinnamon; processed cheese for pretzel dipping was replaced with hummus or honey mustard. The new offerings were rolled out gradually to give the children a chance to acquaint themselves with the different types of meals and snacks.

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New Horizon Academy Presents Walk-In Week (February 19-23, 2018)

Come in and learn more about joining our dedicated team of education professionals at any of our Minnesota locations from February 19 through 23 during regular business hours. Please bring your resume, any college transcripts you may have (unofficial is OK!), and contact information for any references you have.

We offer a fun, professional work environment, and a suite of benefits including 401K, health, dental and life insurance, child care discounts, career advancement opportunities and much more! Visit our Career Page for more information.

 

New Horizon Academy Opens in Payne-Phalen Area of St. Paul

Legislative and economic development leaders, families and new employees gather to celebrate what’s possible with early childhood education scholarships and financial assistance

PLYMOUTH, Minn. Feb. 1, 2018 – The newest New Horizon Academy, located at 327 York Avenue in St. Paul, was the site of a recent gathering of advocates for early childhood education accessibility, economic development representatives from St. Paul and the state of Minnesota, families, children, teachers and caregivers. All attended the ribbon-cutting of the 61st school in the New Horizon Academy family of early learning centers in the Twin Cities. The York Avenue location is the sixth New Horizon Academy in St. Paul.

The facility brings 40 new jobs to the Payne-Phalen neighborhood. Teachers will care for and educate 200 children, ages six weeks through fourth grade, between the hours of 6:00 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. The school features safe, attractive, and age-appropriate classrooms and playgrounds that are thoughtfully designed to enhance learning through play.

Proponents of early education credit the opening of the facility to Minnesota’s early learning scholarships that are available to many families in the community. New Horizon Academy anticipates a diverse group of children from families that use child care assistance and those who pay tuition privately.

“We believe that every child deserves the best care and education,” said Chad Dunkley, CEO of New Horizon Academy, who welcomed attendees to the event. “Yet we have a long way to go toward meeting the need by increasing assistance, fixing reimbursement rates, increasing income eligibility and exploring creative tax models that are working in other states.”

“There is great demand for quality programs for parents who want and need to work, with peace of mind that their child’s care is high-quality, convenient and affordable,” said Dunkley, who also serves as president of the Minnesota Childcare Association.

Ten years ago, Dunkley, legislators and company executives piloted the first early education scholarships in the state at the New Horizon Academy on Rice Street in St. Paul. Since the program’s inception, there has been a waiting list of families needing assistance. Today, 2,500 families in Minnesota are waiting for scholarships.

Dunkley was joined at the opening event by Representative Jenifer Loon, House Education Finance chair; Kelly Monson: executive director of Governor Dayton’s Children’s Cabinet; Kaohly Her of the office of St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter; and Senator Carla Nelson, Senate Education Finance Chair and congressional candidate.

“I am pleased to help recognize this most recent New Horizon Academy campus. It is gratifying to see that state policies that empower parental choice and high standards are leading to improved educational offerings for students,” said Senator Nelson.

 

New Horizon Academy to Provide Employer Sponsored Care at Land O’ Lakes Headquarters

PLYMOUTH, Minn. – New Horizon Academy will provide on-site child care for Land O’ Lakes employees at their newly expanded Arden Hills Campus starting in May 2018.

Teachers at the new location will care for and educate up to 124 children ages 6 weeks through 5 years between the hours of 6:15 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.  The programs at this New Horizon Academy location will be available only to Land O’ Lakes employees who are parents or legal guardians.

The school will feature state-of-the-art, well-equipped, and age-appropriate classrooms and playgrounds that are thoughtfully designed to enhance learning through play. The school will also feature safe and unique outdoor play spaces for the children to enjoy.

“When an employer provides on-site child care, employees work hard, stay with their jobs, miss fewer work days, and brag about the places they work,” said Chad Dunkley, CEO of New Horizon Academy. “With that said, we are thrilled to be able to provide this amazing benefit to the employees of Land O’ Lakes, and we are certain they will love the high-quality programs that New Horizon Academy has to offer.”

For more information, call 763-557-1111 or visit www.NewHorizonAcademy.net

 

New Horizon Academy – Lake Street Earns 2017 MSCA Starr Award

New Horizon Academy on Lake Street in Minneapolis was awarded the 2017 MSCA Starr Award for best exterior retail renovation/remodel under 20,000 square feet. All entries for the 2017 MSCA Shopping Center Tribute Award for Retail Real Estate are judged and reviewed by a group of industry specialists, experts and peers who are closely involved with retail real estate.

In 2015, New Horizon Academy took ownership of a dark and dank building in South Minneapolis, Champion’s bar and banquet space. The building, which is located on heavily trafficked Lake Street, has gone through a major transformation and has brought a whole new look and feel to the neighborhood.

The new state-of-the-art building offers a bright and modern exterior with a large green space, something that is unique to New Horizon Academy in this urban area. Inside of the building teachers care for and educate infants through school agers.

New Horizon Academy is so honored to receive this award and we could not be more thrilled to be a part of this thriving community!

 

New Horizon Academy Celebrates Ground Breaking of Downtown Des Moines School

PLYMOUTH, Minn. – New Horizon Academy, family-owned and operated child care provider, is breaking ground on its first Iowa school located at 450 SW 9th Street in Des Moines. The new school in downtown Des Moines joins more than 60 locations in and around the Twin Cities of Minnesota, as well as four locations in Idaho.

The ground breaking ceremony took place at the new site on Wednesday, December 6th, at 10:30 a.m. Members from New Horizon Academy, Estes Construction, and Des Moines East + South Chamber were present, along with many more community members.

“We believe that every child deserves the best care and early education,” said Chad Dunkley, CEO of New Horizon Academy. “We are thrilled to be bringing our high quality child care and early education programs to the families of Des Moines.”

New Horizon Academy, who has been serving families since 1971, provides highly trained teachers, a proven curriculum, and safe and secure facilities, all aimed at supporting children’s self-esteem and preparing them for kindergarten and beyond.  New Horizon Academy is a nationally recognized high quality early learning provider with all of its eligible centers accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), the gold standard in its industry. New Horizon Academy’s mission is to provide the best child development on the planet.

The new Downtown Des Moines school, which is anticipated to open in the spring of 2018, will care for and educate children ages 6 weeks through 5 years. The school features state-of-the-art, well-equipped, and age-appropriate classrooms and playgrounds that are thoughtfully designed to enhance learning through play.

For more information, call 763-557-1111 or visit www.NewHorizonAcademy.net

 

New Horizon Academy to Open New Location on York Avenue in St. Paul (Now Open!)

PLYMOUTH, Minn. – New Horizon Academy will open its newest school located at 327 York Avenue in St. Paul in early 2018. The York Avenue school is joining five St. Paul schools and more than 60 other New Horizon Academy locations in the Twin Cities.

Teachers will care for and educate more than 150 children ages 6 weeks through 4th grade between the hours of 6:00 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. The school features safe, attractive, and age-appropriate classrooms and playgrounds that are thoughtfully designed to enhance learning through play. The school will also feature safe and fun outdoor play spaces for the children to enjoy as well as a large indoor gym.

“We believe that every child deserves the best care and early education,” said Chad Dunkley, CEO of New Horizon Academy. “We are very excited to be a part of this neighborhood and to be able to provide even more St. Paul families and children with our high quality programs.”

About New Horizon Academy

New Horizon Academy, a family-owned Minnesota company, has been serving families since 1971.   With more than 60 Minnesota locations, it provides highly trained teachers, a proven curriculum, and safe and secure facilities, all aimed at supporting children’s self-esteem and preparing them for kindergarten and beyond.  New Horizon Academy is a nationally recognized high quality early learning provider with all of its eligible centers accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (“NAEYC”), the gold standard in its industry and 4-Star Parent Aware rated, the highest rating available under Minnesota’s quality rating system.  New Horizon Academy’s mission is to provide the best child development on the planet.

For more information, call (763) 252-6302 or visit www.NewHorizonAcademy.net.

 

New Horizon Academy Holds 15th Annual Professional Development Conference

On Monday, October 9, 2017, New Horizon Academy held their 15th Annual Professional Development Conference. Over 1,600 classroom and management staff attended the conference, which was filled with workshops, recognition and awards for achievement, parent testimonials, and opportunities to collaborate with one another. This year’s theme, Ignite Your Passion, took our teachers on an inspirational journey that reinforced the value of their chosen profession. Workshop topics included curriculum enhancements, child development research, cultural awareness, emotional intelligence, food and nutrition, behavior guidance, and more.

The day was a rousing success, and we certainly appreciate the support of our community, including: 4Imprint Inc., Advanced Electrical Services Inc., Arrowwood Resort, As Soon As Possible, Inc., Cre8Play, LLC, DeeDee Keswani, ACME Window Cleaning Door Service Company, Inc., Froehling Anderson, Medina Entertainment Center, Milow Electric, Inc., MN Medical Training Services, On Time Delivery Services, Inc., Once Upon A Star, Rylaur, LLC, Schmity & Son School Buses, Inc., Signs Unlimited of Plymouth, Teachers on Call, Telesystems, Inc., Tom Fish, Tumble Fun Bus, LLC, Vanguard Construction Inc., Wissota Supply Company, Christensen Group, Richard Craven, EzWrite, Jesse Woodford, Kate Horst – SEEDS of Early Learning, MadKat Design, Kari Guida and Nathan Roisen, Toni Olson, Brandy Gilbert, Traci and Matt Anderson, Kelly and Greg Deleon, Jim and Leanne Matchen, Dinan Jiang, Melissa and Zach Ensign, Trista McCormick, Anne and Sam Goodwin, Pamela Schurman, Shanna Senn, Kim Cole, Georgianne Speliopoulos, Theresa Johnson, Ashley and Kristopher Block, Jeff and Claire Rathburn, Tracy Davies, Sarah Schramke, Kevin and Kristen Wilson, Kellie Mabis, Deepak Bhaskar and Jaspreet Narr, Manika McCall, Tonya Radel, and Katie Heruth.

 

2017 Most Admired CEOs: Chad Dunkley

by the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal

Chad Dunkley, CEO of New Horizon Academy, defies a classic CEO stereotype – he never puts the bottom line first. For a CEO running a company dedicated to increasing early-education opportunities for kids, that’s an invaluable mentality.

“We really believe in doing the right thing for the kids,” Dunkley said. “We often say that our CFO has the toughest job, because most of us sit around the table and say, ‘There’s this new thing and it’s the best thing to do for kids,’ and we just look at the CFO and say, ‘You find a way to pay for it.’ “

Dunkley, himself, is an example of the successes of New Horizon’s child care programs. His mother founded the company, and Dunkley and his brother were two of its first students. Since then he’s stayed in the classrooms, spending time as a teacher’s aid, waxing floors, supervising cleaning crews and working on the company’s financial side. In 2002, he became chief operating officer and moved into the CEO position three years ago.

New Horizon has opened 22 new centers since 2002, and plans to open nine more in the next year, including expanding into Iowa and Colorado. The company serves nearly 10,000 children every day.

Dunkley’s leadership philosophy maintains that every single goal put forward is met.

“Leadership comes down to the little things that you do every day. And we have a commitment here that we keep our promises, and we only make promises we can keep.”

Beyond his work at New Horizon, Dunkley spends time in the community advocating about the importance of funding early child care. Sweeping budget cuts to Minnesota education in 2002 made it difficult for low- and middle-income families to afford early child care, but Dunkley and his team convinced allies in the business community to pilot early-education scholarships. The pilot was successful, and the Legislature created the Minnesota Early Learning Scholarship fund soon afterwards.

That advocacy work was how long-time employee and now Executive Vice President Mary Terrass first met Dunkley.

“A group of us were at the Capitol one day testifying,” Terrass said. “He got up and testified and I was absolutely amazed at not only his grasp of the issues, but also the passion that he had. And I remember thinking to myself, ‘I really want to work with someone like that one day.’ ”

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New Horizon Academy Presents Walk-In Week (September 18-22, 2017)

Come in and learn more about joining our dedicated team of education professionals at any of our Twin Cities locations from September 18 through 22 during regular business hours. Please bring your resume, any college transcripts you may have (unofficial is OK!), and contact information for any references you have.

We offer a fun, professional work environment, and a suite of benefits including 401K, health, dental and life insurance, child care discounts, career advancement opportunities and much more! Visit our Career Page for more information.

New Horizon Academy – Elk River Achieves Re-Accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children

New Horizon Academy in Elk River has achieved re-accreditation by 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.

To maintain accreditation, New Horizon Academy-Elk River 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.

To be NAEYC accredited means that you must meet standards that far exceed state licensing’s highest requirements. A child attending an accredited school will get the highest quality, both in the developmental programming for young children and in the health and safety of the environment.

“It is a huge accomplished and such an honor to have our school continue being nationally accredited by the most elite organization in early childhood education,” said Katie Kantor, Director of New Horizon Academy-Elk River.

One hundred percent of eligible New Horizon Academy 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 – Elk River joins a select group of early childhood education centers distinguished by our quality, our commitment to young children, and our dedication to excellence.

 

Star Tribune names New Horizon Academy a 2017 Top Workplace

New Horizon Academy has been named one of the Top Workplaces in Minnesota by the Star Tribune. A complete list of those selected is available at StarTribune.com/topworkplaces2017 and will also be published in the Star Tribune Top Workplaces special section on Sunday, June 25.

Produced by the same team that compiles the 26-year-old Star Tribune 100 report of the best-performing public companies in Minnesota, Top Workplaces recognizes the most progressive companies in Minnesota based on employee opinions measuring engagement, organizational health and satisfaction. The analysis included responses from over 69,000 employees at Minnesota public, private and nonprofit organizations.

The results of the Star Tribune Top Workplaces are based on survey information collected by WorkplaceDynamics, an independent company specializing in employee engagement and retention.  “New Horizon Academy is honored to be selected as a Top Workplace in Minnesota,” said Chief Executive Officer, Chad Dunkley. “It is a testament to the company’s values of respect, integrity, excellence, innovation, leadership, and teamwork. We are proud of our teachers and it is a privilege to provide a workplace that allows them to grow and thrive, and enjoy coming to work. Our teachers do the world’s most important work, and we are excited to continue our growth and success with our most valuable assets – our people.”

Star Tribune Publisher Michael J. Klingensmith said, “The companies in the Star Tribune Top Workplaces deserve high praise for creating the very best work environments in the state of Minnesota. My congratulations to each of these exceptional companies.”

New Horizon Academy is a family-owned and operated company that has been providing high quality care and education to young children for more than 45 years. While focusing on developing a healthy sense of self in each child, New Horizon Academy also strives to provide your child with the necessary skills to succeed not only in school, but in life.

To qualify for the Star Tribune Top Workplaces, a company must have more than 50 employees in Minnesota. Over 2,000 companies were invited to participate. Rankings were composite scores calculated purely on the basis of employee responses.

 

New Horizon Academy Voted Best Child Care Facility in Treasure Valley Reader’s Choice Awards

PLYMOUTH, Minn. – Idaho Statesman reader’s voted New Horizon Academy the Best Child Care Facility in the 2017 Readers Choice Awards.

The Best of Treasure Valley is broken down in to 5 categories. Each category has different subcategories in which the readers vote on. Once the results are in, the top three businesses are invited to a special ceremony in which the best of each category are announced.

New Horizon Academy is a family owned and operated company that has four locations in the Treasure Valley. New Horizon provides high quality care and education to children ages 6 weeks through 12 years. While focusing on providing children with the skills to succeed in school and life, New Horizon also strives to build a healthy sense of self within each child.

“It is such an honor to be voted the Best Child Care Facility in the Treasure Valley,” said Cammra Wakagawa, Area Director of New Horizon Academy. “Our teachers and staff work extremely hard to provide the highest quality of care and education to our families, so we are thrilled to receive this award.”

For more information, call 763-557-1111 or visit www.NewHorizonAcademy.net.

 

New Horizon Academy in Coon Rapids Expands and Remodels School

After serving the Coon Rapids community for nearly 28 years, New Horizon Academy has undergone a complete expansion and renovation, inside and out, and we want you to be the first to see it! We have added over 5,000 square feet of early learning classrooms.

“The renovation and expansion features brand new, state of the art learning equipment and outdoor playgrounds that are unique and creative and are sure to impress,” said Leah Koerber, Director of New Horizon Academy Coon Rapids. “We are so excited to show off our beautifully remodeled school!”

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New Horizon Academy Receives Lake Street Council’s Community Impact Award

PLYMOUTH, Minn. – New Horizon Academy, located at 105 W. Lake Street in Minneapolis, was one of four businesses to receive Lake Street Council’s annual Community Impact Award. This award is given to innovative businesses who are involved in making the Lake Street corridor a better place.

New Horizon Academy has been locally family owned and operated since opening its first child care program in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, in 1971.  The commitment to excellence that our founder, Sue Dunkley, strived for in New Horizon’s beginning is the foundation that our company is built on and the cornerstone of each New Horizon Academy.

New Horizon on West Lake Street opened in January 2017 and will provide high quality care and early childhood education to more than 150 children in the area. So far, New Horizon Academy on West Lake Street has provided thirteen jobs to local residents and we look forward to adding many more.

“More and more young families are choosing to remain in the city of Minneapolis, so we are thrilled to offer our programs in a neighborhood that is convenient for families and part of a dynamic urban environment,” said Chad Dunkley, CEO of New Horizon Academy. “We believe that every child deserves the best care and early education.”

For more information, call 763-557-1111 or visit www.NewHorizonAcademy.net

 

Chad Dunkley, CEO, Named 2017 Most Admired CEO Honoree

by the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal

We are so proud of our very own Chad Dunkley, Chief Executive Officer of New Horizon Academy, who was chosen as one of the ten 2017 Most Admired CEOs! This award was given by the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal, and honorees are selected because of their outstanding contributions to their company, industry and community.

Chad, who has been with New Horizon Academy for more than 25 years, provides passionate leadership for our company, and also drives the culture of “continuous improvement” at all New Horizon Academy locations.
There are so many reasons Chad received this award, but perhaps none better than his ability to unite diverse segments and groups with a shared purpose as he leads our company and industry to a grander goal: ensuring access to high quality early learning experiences for all children regardless of race, ethnicity or income. Chad is changing the future one child at a time, all while leading a company where people love to work.

“It is an honor and a privilege to work with Chad every day. He inspires all of us who believe in the value of early care and education, and this recognition is so very well-deserved!”

New Horizon Academy Joins Uptown, Minneapolis Community

PLYMOUTH, Minn. – On Thursday, March 2nd, 2017, New Horizon Academy will open its doors to the community of Uptown, Minneapolis with a brand new multi-story, state-of-the-art early learning school located at 2431 Hennepin Avenue South.

Teachers will care for and educate more than 150 children ages 6 weeks through 4th grade between the hours of 6:00 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. The school features safe, attractive, and age-appropriate classrooms and playgrounds that are thoughtfully designed to enhance learning through play. One of the most unique features of this location is the second level play deck that is home to separate toddler and preschool playgrounds.

“We believe that every child deserves the best care and early education,” said Chad Dunkley, CEO of New Horizon Academy. “More and more young families are choosing to reside in the city of Minneapolis, so we are thrilled to offer our programs in a neighborhood that is convenient for families and part of a dynamic urban environment.”

New Horizon Academy on Hennepin Avenue South is one of two new Minneapolis locations to open this year. “With the help of the new and innovative State Early Learning Scholarships, New Horizon Academy has been able to continue our expansion to serve more families in south Minneapolis,” said Chad Dunkley. The second south Minneapolis location on West Lake Street, opened in January of 2017.

Call to Action 

New Horizon Academy will host a grand opening/open house event on Saturday, March 25, 2017, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The Minneapolis community is invited to tour the new school, meet educators and staff, and learn more about New Horizon Academy’s commitment to preparing all children for success.  The open house will feature free family fun activities.  We invite you to attend this special event.

About New Horizon Academy

New Horizon Academy, a family-owned Minnesota company, has been serving families since 1971.   With over 60 Minnesota locations, it provides highly trained teachers, a proven curriculum, and safe and secure facilities, all aimed at supporting children’s self-esteem and preparing them for kindergarten and beyond.  New Horizon Academy is a nationally recognized high quality early learning provider with all of its eligible centers accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (“NAEYC”), the gold standard in its industry and 4-Star Parent Aware rated, the highest rating available under Minnesota’s quality rating system.  New Horizon Academy’s mission is to provide the best child development on the planet.

For more information, call 612-354-2470 or visit www.NewHorizonAcademy.net

 

New Horizon Academy Will Provide Access to High Quality Early Education on West Lake Street in Minneapolis.

PLYMOUTH, Minn. – On Monday, January 16, 2017, New Horizon Academy will open its doors to the Lyndale neighborhood of Minneapolis with a brand new, state-of-the-art building located at 105 W. Lake Street.

Teachers will care for and educate more than 150 children ages 6 weeks through 4th grade between the hours of 6:00 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. The school features safe, attractive, and age-appropriate classrooms and playgrounds that are thoughtfully designed to enhance learning through play.
“We believe that every child deserves the best care and early education,” said Chad Dunkley, CEO of New Horizon Academy. “More and more young families are choosing to remain in the city of Minneapolis, so we are thrilled to offer our programs in a neighborhood that is convenient for families and part of a dynamic urban environment.”

New Horizon Academy on West Lake Street is one of two new Minneapolis locations to be opening this winter. “With the help of the new and innovative State Early Learning Scholarships, New Horizon Academy has been able to continue our expansion to serve more families in south Minneapolis,” said Chad Dunkley. The second south Minneapolis location on Hennepin Avenue in Uptown, is scheduled to open in February of this year.

Call to Action

New Horizon Academy will host a grand opening/open house event on Saturday, January 28, 2017, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The Minneapolis community is invited to tour the new school, meet educators and staff, and learn more about New Horizon Academy’s commitment to preparing all children for success. We invite you to attend this special event.

About New Horizon Academy

New Horizon Academy, a family-owned Minnesota company, has been serving families since 1971. With over 60 Minnesota locations, it provides highly trained teachers, a proven curriculum, and safe and secure facilities, all aimed at supporting children’s self-esteem and preparing them for kindergarten and beyond. New Horizon Academy is a nationally recognized high quality early learning provider with all of its eligible centers accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (“NAEYC”), the gold standard in its industry and 4-Star Parent Aware rated, the highest rating available under Minnesota’s quality rating system. New Horizon Academy’s mission is to provide the best child development on the planet.

 

New Horizon Academy – St. Louis Park (Now Open!)

New Horizon Academy opened its doors to the St. Louis Park community in August of 2016. Our newest school, located at 2460 Hwy. 100 S. in St. Louis Park, will care for and educate more than 150 children from ages 6 weeks through 4th grade. Our beautiful, state-of-the-art facility features safe, age-appropriate classrooms that are filled with materials to enhance learning and fun. The Director, Susan Zackery, brings more than 15 years of experience in early education and is excited to meet St. Louis Park children and families!

St. Louis Park After School Care

St. Louis Park Day Care

 

“We love New Horizon Academy! The teachers are wonderful and it is so nice that we walk in to the school and everyone knows us. Each day we pick up our son he is smiling and has learned something new.”

— Carla K., Parent at New Horizon Academy

School Readiness Study

Preparing children for academic success is of vital importance at New Horizon Academy. We know that children need to be well prepared and cared for so they are ready to begin the life-long learning journey. This belief is confirmed by research, which shows that a child’s early nurturing and learning experiences lay the foundation for his or her future success in school and in life.

One of the key elements to academic success is a thoughtfully planned program like that at New Horizon Academy. Our well-developed curriculum and assessment process, which focuses on the development of all learning domains (personal/social, language/literacy, mathematical thinking, physical, and the arts), produce positive results in terms of school readiness and are essential for continued strong academic performance in the school years that follow.

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