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Creating a More Inclusive Culture

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.

The Next50 Commitment

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."

— Chad Dunkley, CEO

Our Commitment to You

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.

Our Commitment to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives

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.

Equal Opportunities to Succeed

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.

Public Policy Agenda

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.

Investment in Communities

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 Colors of Us by Karen Katz
  • Sesame Street’s “We’re Different, We’re the Same” by Bobbi Jane Kates
  • I Am Enough by Grace Byers
  • Happy in Our Skin by Fran Manushkin and Lauren Tobia
  • The Day you Begin, by Jacquelin Woodson
  • Last Stop on Market Street by Patricia Tauzer
  • Breathe Like a Bear: 30 Mindful Moments for Kids to Feel Calm and Focused Anytime by Kira Willey (Author) and Anni Betts (Illustrator)
  • Planting Seeds of Kindness (Love You Always) by Rose Bunting and John John Bajet
  • Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History by Vashti Harrison
  • A is for Activist by Innosanto Nagara
  • The Proudest Blue: A Story of Hijab and Family by Ibtihaj Muhammad & S. K. Ali (Authors) Hatem Aly (Illustrator)
  • Hair Love by Matthew A. Cherry (Author) Vashti Harrison (Illustrator)
  • IntersectionAllies: We Make Room for All by Chelsea Johnson, LaToya Council, & Carolyn Choi (Authors) Ashley Seil Smith (Illustrator)
  • Maddi’s Fridge by Lois Brandt (Author) Vin Vogel (Illustrator)
  • When We Were Alone by David A. Robertson (Author) Julie Flett (Illustrator)
  • Malcolm Little: The Boy Who Grew Up to Become Malcolm X by Ilyasah Shabazz (Author) AG Ford (Illustrator)
  • Chocolate Milk, Por Favor: Celebrating Diversity with Empathy by Maria Dismondy and  Nancy Raines Day, (Authors) Donna Farrell (Illustrator)
  • Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer: The Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement by Carole Boston Weatherford (Author) Ekua Holmes (Illustrator)
  • Sulwe by Lupita Nyong’o (Author) Vashti Harrison (Illustrator)
  • Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom by Carole Boston Weatherford (Author) Kadir Nelson (Illustrator)
  • Lailah’s Lunchbox: A Ramadan Story by Reem Faruqi (Author) Lea Lyon (Illustrator)
  • Happy in Our Skin by Fran Manushkin (Author) Lauren Tobia (Illustrator)
  • We Are Grateful: Otsaliheliga by Traci Sorell (Author) Frane Lessac (Illustrator)
  • The Whispering Town by Jennifer Elvgren (Author) Fabio Santomauro (Illustrator)
  • The Day You Begin by Jacqueline Woodson (Author) Rafael López
  • The Boy and the Wall by Youth at Lajee Centre in Aida Refugee Camp (Authors)
VideosAdditional Resources

Resources for Social/Emotional Development

Resources for Discussing Racism and Violence with Children


"The time is always right to do what is right."

— Martin Luther King, Jr.

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.

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