As a company that employs people of color and provides care for communities of color, it is our responsibility to prepare a world for our children where systemic racism is no longer a part of their daily existence or their future. We are developing a more inclusive culture in our company.
We are proud to announce the launch of our Next50 initiative; our commitment to reflect, change, and grow, as it relates to how we work together to create a learning environment and culture that is welcoming and inclusive. Our goal is for children, families, and our employees at New Horizon Academy to feel fully supported.
"New Horizon Academy is committed to the continued goal of nurturing a more diverse and inclusive generation of young children where inclusion, acceptance, and belonging are recognized and practiced, where respect and fairness are the building blocks of our programs, and where each child and employee knows that when they are with us, they are safe, respected, and valued."
We are dedicated to creating a thoughtful, considerate, and deliberate plan to make New Horizon Academy a more diverse, more equitable, and more inclusive organization. We want every child in our community to have the same foundation for a successful future. We are working toward a future where everyone, regardless of their race or background, has equal access to opportunities in which everyone feels welcomed, valued, and respected. Together, we can do more, and we will do more.
We cannot do this on our own, and we will seek the advice of consultants who can help us create a strategic plan. We will establish a company diversity and inclusion task force with representation from our schools.
We will use our power as leaders in the early childhood community to make sure communities of color are given equal opportunities to succeed. A current strategy is our partnership with the Minneapolis Community and Technical College, where an associate’s degree is fully funded by New Horizon Academy. This gives employees an opportunity to prepare for advancement within our company.
We will continue to review our public policy agenda to make sure it lifts communities of color. Many on our team have built strong connections with policymakers, and they have provided important testimony in support of increased early childhood investments. We sincerely appreciate all of you who have supported this work, too.
The real difference is made when companies invest in the infrastructure of a community. We are extremely proud, then, of New Horizon Academy’s commitment to ensuring children in all neighborhoods have access to high-quality child care. Our beautiful school on Penn Avenue on the North Side of Minneapolis is just one example of our investments in community infrastructure.
At New Horizon Academy, we are committed to sharing resources that can help us better educate ourselves on equity, diversity, and inclusion, so we can better support our children.
We are all on this journey together. This list of books, videos, and other resources are meant to help you and your children as you develop your knowledge in equity, diversity, and inclusion. We will continue to add to this list to make it an even more comprehensive resource.
"The time is always right to do what is right."
Together, with a commitment to tangible change, we can continue to improve the equity, inclusion, respect, and acceptance for our children, their families, and our employees.