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Parent Aware: Helping parents find child care, early education
Eden Prairie-Dell Rd Info
Hiring Fair-August 19th
New Center Opening in Maple Grove
Early Learning Digest-August 2014
August Menu
New Farm to Childcare curriculum connects youngest eaters with fresh local fruits and vegetables
Early Learning Digest-July 2014
July Menu
St Paul-Highland Park location now open
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Parent Aware: Helping parents find child care, early education

Enhanced website provides expanded database of quality programs

We are happy to announce that all of our locations hold a 4 star rating through Parent Aware. Please see the press release below from Parent Awere:

It’s now easier for parents to find child care and early education programs that will help their young children get ready for kindergarten, thanks to a beefed up online search tool launched today. The website ParentAware.org now connects parents to an expanded database of more than 12,000 programs. Search results feature programs with Parent Aware ratings, helping families easily identify those that are using research-based best practices in school readiness.

While more Minnesota children are prepared for kindergarten than ever before, there are still too many who are not ready. Quality care and education can help close the gap. Using a one- to four-star system, Parent Aware ratings help parents find care with effective curriculums and stimulating environments. Currently, more than 1,600 child care and early education programs have voluntarily become rated and have adopted, or strengthened, quality education practices.

“Parent Aware is beneficial to children, parents, providers and Minnesota,” said Human Services Commissioner Lucinda Jesson. “With this improved search tool, parents will have more information about programs at their fingertips. That translates into choosing the early education that best meets their and their children’s needs. And that will help Minnesota in the future.”

The upgraded online search tool, located at ParentAware.org, enables parents to search for programs by location, schedule, education quality and types of care. In addition to the expanded database of programs, improvements include a more user-friendly search function, improved information resources, and a direct connection to the Is Your Child Ready quiz, where parents can assess whether their 1- to 5-year-old is on track for success in kindergarten.

“Parents often do exhaustive searches for higher education, but they sometimes spend much less time searching for pre-kindergarten education,” said Ericca Maas, executive director of Parent Aware for School Readiness (PASR), which donated approximately $200,000 to upgrading the website tool. “Because we now are learning that a significant amount of brain development happens before age 5, searching for high quality child care is extremely important.”

The upgraded ParentAware.org search tool is the result of collaboration among the Minnesota Department of Human Services, the Minnesota Department of Education, PASR, Child Care Aware of Minnesota, and local web development company The Nerdery.

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Eden Prairie-Dell Rd Info

We are excited to announce that our center in Eden Prairie off of Dell Rd will be opening on August 25th.

Here is some information about the new center!

Location Information
The building is located at the intersection of Highway 212 and Dell Road nestled alongside a quiet neighborhood. The center will have two infant rooms, two toddler rooms, four preschool rooms, one school-age room, a state-of-the-art playground for the preschoolers and school aged children, as well as a separate toddler play area.

Meet the Director
Hi! My name is Missy Wilmes, and I am the director of the Dell Road location. I am very excited about the new center and look forward to meeting all of the new families! I have had the opportunity to work with many wonderful teachers and families at various New Horizon Academy locations. I most recently was the director at our Chaska location and look forward to bringing the New Horizon Academy programs to the Dell Road area.

My husband and I have two dogs named Emma and Lilly. In our spare time, we enjoy spending time outdoors, as well as spending time with family and friends. I have an associate's degree in early childhood education from Rasmussen College and have worked with children and their families for over ten years.

Please feel free to contact me with questions you might have about the Eden Prairie location. Our e-mail address is .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) and our phone number is 763-383-6121. I look forward to speaking with you soon!



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Hiring Fair-August 19th

Come GROW your CAREER with New Horizon Academy!

We will be holding a HIRING FAIR for any Early Childhood Education applicants! We are looking for dedicated, energetic, passionate and unique individuals to join our wonderful team of education professionals to help instill a lifelong love of learning with the children in our care.

We are currently looking for teachers, assistant teachers, and teacher aides.

When? TUESDAY, AUGUST 19th from 1:00pm-7:00pm

Where? Please stop by one of our 4 convenient locations hosting the fair-

New Horizon Academy – Camden
4656 Colfax N. Minneapolis, MN 55412 (Gethsemane Church) 612-521-0139

New Horizon Academy – Woodbury
8050 Afton Rd. Woodbury, MN 55125 (Valley Creek Rd. & Tower Dr.) 651- 731-5222

New Horizon Academy – Best Buy
7601 Penn Ave S Richfield, MN 55423 (located in the Best Buy Corporate headquarters) 612-292-5437

New Horizon Academy – Corporate Office
3405 Annapolis Lane North, Suite 100, Plymouth, MN 55447 (494 and Hwy 55) 763-557-1111

Interested? Please feel free to stop in and visit us any time between 1:00pm and 7:00pm. Please bring your resume and any transcripts you may have showing any college credits you have earned. Unofficial transcripts are accepted.

Interested but unable to attend? Visit our website at http://www.newhorizonacademy.net/careers or contact Kat Butler our staff recruiter at 763-383-6260.

Interested in finding out more about New Horizon Academy?
New Horizon Academy is the largest locally owned Early Childhood Education program in Minnesota. We have 58 local New Horizon Academy locations.

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 early education industry.

Our mission as a company is 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.

Applicants must be teacher qualified under MN Rule 3. A two or four year degree is needed to qualify. Previous experience working in early childhood education is a plus.

All of our caregivers meet or exceed all state and local licensing requirements. All staff must pass a background check, attend ongoing professional training, and must become First Aid and CPR certified.

We offer a fun, professional work environment, 401K, health, dental and life insurance, child care discounts, plus more!

We look forward to meeting with you! E.O.E.

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New Center Opening in Maple Grove

We are excited to announce that a new location will be coming Maple Grove. The center will be located at 16750 91st Ave N, Maple Grove, MN 55311 (formerly Maple Grove Academy). The center will undergo a major remodel and will be opening early 2015. If you have any questions regarding the center please feel free to call us at 763-557-1111.

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Early Learning Digest-August 2014

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New Farm to Childcare curriculum connects youngest eaters with fresh local fruits and vegetables

July 15, 2014

New Farm to Childcare curriculum connects youngest eaters with fresh local fruits and vegetables

Contact:
Andrew Ranallo, IATP, (612) 870-3456, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

MINNEAPOLIS – The new Farm to Childcare Curriculum Package released today gives childcare providers a roadmap to start their own Farm to Childcare programs in order to connect young children with locally grown, minimally processed foods and the farmers who grow them. The curriculum was developed for preschool-age children by the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP) in partnership with childcare provider company New Horizon Academy (NHA) with support from the Center for Prevention at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota. The curriculum and associated materials include practical, experience-tested strategies to try out new approaches in child care settings including menu innovations, classroom activities and family engagement ideas.

“We know children between the ages of 3 and 5 are busy developing their taste preferences, and younger children are often more willing to try new foods than older children,” said IATP’s Erin McKee VanSlooten who helped lead the curriculum’s creation. “That makes it the perfect age to influence their eating habits by stressing healthy food choices from nearby farms and integrating experiential learning activities that will set them on the path to healthy eating and build awareness of where food comes from.”

The Farm to Childcare Curriculum Package contains information on designing a Farm to Childcare menu and implementation schedule, recommendations on how to highlight local farmers to make the connection real for children, detailed examples of family engagement strategies and extensive experiential learning activity suggestions to incorporate Farm to Childcare themes into Circle Time, Math and Science, Sensory and Dramatic Play, Arts and conversations at mealtime. It also includes resource recommendations for further ideas.

“We saw the program have a positive impact both inside and outside of our childcare centers,” said Cisa Keller, Director of Government and Community Relations from New Horizon Academy. “In fact, 48 percent of the families we surveyed said they did something different at home because of the program, such as eating more fruits and vegetables or buying more local foods.”

“IATP has an impressive track record with its work on connecting schools and children with healthy food,” said Janelle Waldock, director of the Center for Prevention at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota. “We are excited to partner with them again in targeting younger children to help build lifelong habits, reducing the risk of obesity and diet-related disease long term.”

A complementary report tells the story of implementing a Farm to Childcare program based on the curriculum package at 62 NHA childcare centers, providing an inside look at lessons learned. Together with the curriculum, these resources give childcare providers real tools to start or expand their own Farm to Childcare programs, helping kids develop a healthy and informed relationship with their food while simultaneously opening up a new market for our local farmers’ fresh fruits and vegetables.

Find the Farm to Childcare Curriculum Package and Farm to Childcare: Highlights and Lessons Learned Report available online at http://www.iatp.org/farmtochildcare.

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Early Learning Digest-July 2014

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July Menu

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"In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability. To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Adjudication and Compliance, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410 or call (202) 720-5964 (voice and TDD), USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer."

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St Paul-Highland Park location now open

We are pleased to announce the opening of our newest center located in the heart Highland Park in St Paul. The center has three infant rooms, three toddler rooms, three preschool rooms and a school age program. We are currently enrolling all age groups.

Please visit the center webpage for more information:
http://www.newhorizonacademy.net/locations/detail/st_paul_highland_park

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