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4201 Minnesota Drive
(494 & France Ave)
Bloomington, MN 55435
Hours: 6:00am - 6:30pm
2008 Susan K. Dunkley Center of Excellence

Director: Krista Hawkinson
Assistant Director: Liz K’unga


• Infant Program
• Toddler Program
• Preschool Program
• Prekindergarten Program
• Before and After School Age Program
• Summer Camp Program

Proudly Serving the Bloomington Community for over 24 years
Our award-winning child care center is conveniently located off of Highway 494 and France Ave in the heart of Bloomington, MN. Since opening our doors in 1990, we have earned a reputation of preparing children for success in the many area elementary schools. With our convenient location and open door policy, we are a perfect choice for parents who work or live in the 494/France area. We encourage parents to visit anytime, take their child to lunch or join us for a special celebration.
Our child care center was renovated top to bottom in 2013, and we are very proud of our fresh, colorful classrooms. We have two infant rooms, two toddler rooms, four preschool rooms, and one school- age room. We currently offer enrichment programs in music and Spanish. Our grassy, fenced outdoor playground features large climbing structures, garden boxes and plenty of riding toys. We utilize an electronic tool for communication that allows us to stay connected with families throughout the day in all our classrooms. We are a NAEYC accredited child care center and hold the highest rating - four stars - from MN Parent Aware.
We provide before and after school transportation to the following elementary schools in the area:
• Poplar Bridge Elementary


At New Horizon Academy, providing a safe and healthy environment for the children entrusted to our care is our number one priority. We take many precautions to ensure that this commitment is realized every day. These safety and health measures include:
  • Secure front entrances, with keypad access codes
  • All caregivers trained in both first aid and CPR
  • Applicant background studies completed on every caregiver
  • Open-door policy
  • Quarterly corporate safety committee reviews
  • Monthly school safety evacuation drills
  • New Horizon Finger Guards on all doors to prevent pinched fingers
  • Accident insurance for all enrolled children while participating in program activities
  • Regular visits by city and state officials
  • Frequent visits by New Horizon Academy district managers and other management personnel
  • Consistent, daily cleaning and sanitizing of all classroom, kitchen, and restroom surfaces
  • Food safety classes for all who prepare and handle food
  • Daily inspections by classroom staff to identify and correct any potential safety hazards
  • Regular playground inspections by trained personnel
What do you like best about New Horizon Academy-Bloomington?

“I love the teaching staff at New Horizon MN-Center. I feel calm and confident leaving my baby with these kind, thoughtful, caring women. Each day they make me feel like my child is special. I can leave my child with them and know she will be well cared for and that means more to me than I could possibly explain.”

“The teachers at New Horizon Academy-MN Center truly care about our son, his education and growth, as though he were their own child.”

“The teachers are fantastic and are so good with the kids. Both of my girls LOVED their teachers and loved coming to school everyday to be with them.”

“We are continued to be amazed at the progress our child has made. Our child has learned so much more by being at New Horizon Academy MN-Center.”

“My daughter has been very happy at New Horizons MN Center. We can tell that she is loved by her teachers. We feel so blessed to have such a safe place for her to go to everyday with people that care about her. Since the first day, she has adapted well, interacting with other kids -- which has helped her become a very social little butterfly. We do appreciate all the hard work - Thanks to everyone!”

“My son was shy in groups and with people he does not know. Since he started at New Horizon we have seen him become more talkative in groups and around people he is not familiar with. His language has progressed and it is amazing to see how excited he gets when we tell him it is time to go to school!”

“The experience you get everyday from everyone at New Horizon Academy MN Center is amazing!”

“Everyday our daughter loves going to New Horizon Academy MN-Center. I appreciate that she is always greeted with a hug and personal attention when she arrives.”
Ensuring the quality of children's daily experiences in early childhood programs and promoting positive child outcomes is the goal of the 10 NAEYC Early Childhood Program Standards and Accreditation Criteria.
  • Relationships
  • Curriculum
  • Teaching
  • Assessment of Child Progress
  • Health
  • Teachers
  • Families
  • Community Relationships
  • Physical Environment
  • Leadership and Management

A 4-star Parent Aware Rating means:
  • Our programs exemplifies a truly engage school readiness partner for parents
  • We offer ongoing assessment of a child’s progress
  • Our programs continually adapt plans and goals to meet the need of each individual child
  • Our teachers regularly update parents on their child’s progress Our teachers receive on-going childhood-related education

  • Eco-Healthy Child Care® (EHCC) supports child care providers in creating child care settings that are as environmentally healthy as possible.
  • Eco-Healthy providers commit to reducing children's exposure to environmental health hazards.


We understand that choosing an early education and child care program for your child is one of the most important decisions you will make as a parent. That is why we have created a step-by-step guide to help you make an informed decision about the early care and education program you choose for your child.

Step 1: Find a New Horizon Academy near your home or your place of work.

Step 2: Schedule a tour. Visit our centers to learn more about the wonderful programs we offer for children. Use our Quality Child Care Checklist to help you make an informed decision about the early care and education you choose for your child.

Step 3: Complete the Enrollment Agreement and other required forms to enroll your child at New Horizon Academy.

Don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or if you want to plan your visit to one of our centers. Thank you for considering New Horizon Academy. We are eager to partner with you during this incredible time in your child’s growth and development.

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If you have already visited New Horizon Academy and would like to begin the enrollment process, you can find all the information and forms you need to secure a place for your child at New Horizon Academy. Download, print, and complete the forms to guarantee a spot in New Horizon Academy.

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Infant Food Recommendations

Enroll Now and Receive Our Internet Inquiry Offer. To take advantage of this offer, download the coupon for 25% off your first 4 weeks, print it, and present it on your next visit to New Horizon Academy. We are delighted to welcome your family to New Horizon Academy. Childhood may only last a short while, but we know your family will gain many happy memories with us that will last a lifetime. Click here for more information.

New Horizon Academy selects high quality teachers who have an appreciation for children, positive attitude, and love of teaching. We are currently looking for dedicated, energetic, passionate and unique individuals to join our wonderful team of education professionals!

Contact the center directly regarding employment opportunities at:
4201 Minnesota Drive
(494 & France Ave)
Bloomington, MN 55435
Hours: 6:00am - 6:30pm
2008 Susan K. Dunkley Center of Excellence

Director: Krista Hawkinson
Assistant Director: Liz K’unga

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