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Family Owned and Operated

Dunkley Family 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.

Today, New Horizon Academy is operated by many dedicated people, and although we are continuing to grow and serve more children each year, we will always have family roots, a warm, nurturing atmosphere, an open door, and an abiding commitment to excellence.

We’ve Made the Grade

Commitment to Accreditation
At New Horizon Academy, 100 percent of our eligible programs in Minnesota are accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), the recognized gold standard in the field of early care and education. This is an accomplishment we are very proud of, and we are confident that no other provider of our size has achieved this same recognition.

Parent Aware 4-Star Rating
New Horizon Academy is proud to receive 4 stars, the highest rating possible from Parent Aware, 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.

Positive Parent Survey Results
New Horizon Academy’s mission is one of continuous improvement, and each year, we survey our families to gather their feedback. We are thrilled to share the positive results with you:


Daily Connect

At New Horizon Academy, we use the Daily Connect application on our classroom devices which allows us to provide current updates about your child’s day via your smart phone, tablet, or email. Throughout the day, you will be delighted to see and read about:

Daily Connect

Special Moments
Smiles with teachers, hugs from friends, and joyful moments will be shared with you.

Frequent Updates
You will receive frequent updates, based on your child’s age, about meals, diapering or toileting, naps, and more. Peace of mind for you!

Fun Learning Activities
You’ll be kept informed of fun games, special art projects, and many of the great learning activities your child participates in each day. It’s almost like you are there!

Cherished Photos
Your child’s teacher will send you photos of your child engaged in many magical moments in his or her classroom.

“I am seriously in love with this technology! I have gotten updates all day about what the boys are doing. What a great way, especially on the first day, for parents to stay connected to their kids. It’s great!”

— Megan M., Parent at New Horizon Academy

Welcome to the New Horizon Academy Family

Our family is delighted to welcome your family to New Horizon Academy! We know you cherish your child, and so will we. That’s the promise we make to you each day!