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Welcome to the New Horizon Academy family!

Our family is delighted to welcome your family to New Horizon Academy! We know you cherish your child, and so will we. That’s the promise we make to you each day! 

We’ve Made the Grade

Exceptional School Readiness

Our infancy through pre-kindergarten programs at New Horizon Academy use an award-winning, research-based curriculum designed to prepare children for academic success. The 2020-2021 Teaching Strategies® GOLD® assessment results show that over 9 out of 10 New Horizon Academy preschool graduates meet or exceed kindergarten readiness expectations, allowing children to enter Kindergarten with confidence.

100% Accredited

At New Horizon Academy, 100 percent of our eligible programs in Minnesota, Idaho, Iowa, Colorado, and Kansas are nationally accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), the recognized gold standard of early childcare and education. We take pride in this accomplishment, confident that no other provider of our size has achieved this same recognition.

Highest Quality Rating

New Horizon Academy is proud to receive the highest rating possible from our local Quality Rating System, a state-specific program designed to measure the quality of care and education offered in early childhood programs. The program evaluates health and safety, curriculum, learning environment, family engagement, and teacher qualifications to ensure quality learning.

Parent Survey Results

New Horizon Academy’s mission is one of continuous improvement, and each year, we survey our families to gather their feedback. We are thrilled to share the positive results with you!

Our kindergartener was so well prepared for school because of the amazing curriculum and care given to developing our children into intelligent, kind, and good helpers."

— Parent, Richfield, MN

Mobile App

At New Horizon Academy, we use a mobile app on our classroom devices which allows us to provide current updates about your child’s day via your smart phone, tablet, or email.

Throughout the day, you will be delighted to see and read about:

Special Moments

Smiles with teachers, hugs from friends, and joyful moments will be shared with you.

Frequent Updates

You will receive frequent updates, based on your child’s age, about meals, diapering or toileting, naps, and more. Peace of mind for you!

Fun Learning Activities

You’ll be kept informed of fun games, special art projects, and many of the great learning activities your child participates in each day. It’s almost like you are there!

Cherished Photos

Your child’s teacher will send you photos of your child engaged in many magical moments in his or her classroom.

Two-Way Communication

You will you receive alerts about important school events, critical information, and helpful reminders. As a parent, you can provide updates to the school through the app, too. With just one click, you can send information to your child’s teacher.

“I am seriously in love with this technology! I have gotten updates all day about what the boys are doing. What a great way, especially on the first day, for parents to stay connected to their kids. It’s great!”

— Megan M., Parent at New Horizon Academy

Family Owned and Operated

Dunkley Family
The Dunkley Family

New Horizon Academy has been locally family owned and operated since opening its first child care program in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, in 1971. The commitment to excellence that our founder, Sue Dunkley, strived for in New Horizon’s beginning is the foundation that our company is built on and the cornerstone of each New Horizon Academy.

Today, New Horizon Academy is operated by many dedicated people, and although we are continuing to grow and serve more children each year, we will always have family roots, a warm, nurturing atmosphere, an open door, and an abiding commitment to excellence.



Our Commitment to Excellence

New Horizon Academy is committed to providing a safe, healthy, and inclusive environment for children to learn and grow. Learn more about our commitment to excellence through health and safety, food and nutrition, and diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging.

New Horizon Academy…Where Love and Learning Grow

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