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Grand Opening Event-St Louis Park
NHA Joins St. Louis Park Community
New Horizon Academy is excited to bring its high quality child care and early education program to 2460 Highway 100 S in St. Louis Park. The new school (just south of the West End and across from Benilde St. Margaret’s) will open on August 15, 2016.
Teachers will care for and educate more than 150 children ages 6 weeks through 4th grade between the hours of 6:30am and 6:30pm. The school features safe, attractive, and age-appropriate classrooms and playgrounds that are thoughtfully designed to enhance learning through play.
“We have long hoped for a program in the St. Louis Park/Golden Valley area,” said Chad Dunkley, CEO of New Horizon Academy. “Every child deserves the highest quality of care and education, and we are thrilled to join a neighborhood that is convenient for families and home to well-known educational, cultural, and business neighbors.”
A family-owned Minnesota company celebrating its 45th anniversary, New Horizon Academy provides highly trained teachers, a proven curriculum, and a beautiful facility, all aimed at supporting children’s self-esteem and preparing them for kindergarten and beyond.
Director Susan Zackery brings over 15 years of experience in early education and will host a curriculum night from 5pm to 7pm on Wednesday, August 10th. All are invited to see the new space and learn how New Horizon Academy can help meet community child care needs. “I can’t wait to meet local children and families,” says Zackery, “partnering with them as they learn and grow is what inspires me every day.”
For more information call 952-681-2658.
Parents as Brain Builders
Our CEO, Chad Dunkley, recently attended an early childhood conference in Baltimore. At the conference, a professor from Georgetown University spoke about recent research on brain development. She spoke to the importance of serve and return.
"Serve and return" is the back and forth exchange between a child and significant adult in their lives (parents, teachers, grandparents, etc.). This back-and-forth process is fundamental to the wiring of the brain, especially in the earliest years. Think tennis, ping-pong, or volleyball.
As parents, we know that children naturally seek interaction. The coo of a baby, the smile of a toddler, the shout of "Look at me!" from a preschooler are all examples of children seeking interaction. Parents or caregivers respond with sweet whispers to the baby, a smile and an "I love you" to the toddler, and a "Wow, you are building with blocks! Tell me about what you are building" to the preschooler. These interactions help "wire" the brain by creating connections. When parents and caregivers respond to a child's initiation of interaction; it fosters brain development.
Harvard University has a video that explains how serve and return helps brain development. It is a pretty powerful video and demonstrations how the serve and return concept nourishes minds and sets the stage for later development and learning. Click on the link to view the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m_5u8-QSh6A&feature=player_embedded
It is really pretty simple and powerful. Your child will toss you an opportunity to build her brain and all you have to do is respond with a meaningful reply; and the brain will make connections.
As you can see, everyday interactions with your child present an opportunity for brain building. Below is a link to simple brain building ideas for you and your child.
Family Fun Fest-August 9th
Please join us on August 9th for a magical evening! Our Family Fun Fest is for children and families of all ages! There will be fun games, activities, food, and much, much, more. Please speak with your center director for more details. Hours vary by location.
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NHA in Downtown Rochester Opens an Additional Building on
– New Horizon Academy located at 628 Kutzky Court NW in Rochester has opened an additional building on its campus that is designed specifically for infants and toddlers.
The brand new, state-of-the-art, two-story building is the very first of its kind for New Horizon Academy. The new school will feature six infant rooms and four toddler rooms, caring for more than 100 children a day. The existing building on campus, which used to care for infants through preschoolers, will now be the home of nine newly renovated preschool classrooms.
“Expanding to two buildings in downtown Rochester will allow us to meet to the high demand for quality child care in the area,” said Chad Dunkley, CEO of New Horizon Academy. “We are excited to be able to provide even more Rochester families with our exceptional early childhood and education programs.”
Along with carefully designed infant and toddler classrooms, the new building features a rooftop playground, its very own kitchen and cook, an office, car seat storage, and more!
New Horizon Academy is a family owned, Minnesota based company that has been serving children and their families for forty five years. With our highly qualified and trained teachers, our proven curriculum and our beautiful facility, our goal is to provide the best child development on the planet.
We invite you to come tour our new space and see what makes New Horizon Academy so unique!
Star Tribune Article: Child care center moving into Minneapolis
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Eagan school now open
Our newest location has opened in Eagan.
Book Drive Success!
NEW HORIZON RADIO ON PANDORA!
We have big news to announce!
We have officially launched a radio station on Pandora called New Horizon Radio!
The station is a family friendly station that has music for kids and parents! Best of all…it’s ad free!
Please encourage your friends and families to try it out!
They can either search their player for New Horizon Radio or click on the link: