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Apple Valley, MN (Cedar Ave)

Your Child's Best Start: Daycare and Preschool in Apple Valley

Conveniently located off Cedar Avenue and McAndrews Road, near the Minnesota Zoo, the Apple Valley, Minnesota New Horizon Academy has been serving local families since 1989. We offer childcare and education for infants, toddlers, preschoolers, pre-kindergarten, and school-age children, as well as summer camp. Our daycare curriculum focuses on all aspects of early education, from reading and STEAM to social-emotional learning, physical development, and more! At Apple Valley New Horizon Academy, we help young children become confident learners who are prepared for kindergarten and beyond. Having highly trained daycare teachers and a research-based approach to childcare means your child will receive the best possible daycare and education during their important early years. Schedule a tour today to learn more about our Apple Valley daycare center. We can’t wait to meet your family!

Awards and Accolades

Meet Our Apple Valley School Director


I have two children – Christopher and Meghan. I have a beautiful granddaughter, Braelynn who is 7. I live in Lakeville. I am obsessed with anything Disney. In my spare time, I love to cook, bake, decorate cookies, make crafts, sew, read, listen to podcasts, and be in the sun.

Education – Earned credits to become teacher qualified in 1996

Years of Early Childhood Education Experience: 35

What do you like about early childhood?

The children of course!!! The happiness that I feel when a child has reached a new milestone or has successfully mastered a new skill has not diminished during the 35 years I have worked with children. The joy on their faces, the hugs, the questions, their thirst for knowledge, and the exuberance they have for everything. There are so many reasons to love early childhood.

What makes your school unique?

The family atmosphere…We are a small center that feels warm and inviting. With being a smaller center, we are able to really form bonds with the families. Many of our staff have been here for over 15 years.

What is your favorite children’s book?

“Love You Forever”, “The Very Hungry Caterpillar”, “Oh, The Places You’ll Go!”, and “The Giving Tree”

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New Horizon Academy is more than a daycare for my children; it is a second home. The director and teachers are exceptionally nice and very passionate about their profession. They interact with every single child on an individual level, and are aware of each child’s needs, making them feel warm and special. I feel safe and secure knowing my children are in great hands when I leave them at school every day.

— Dawn, New Horizon Academy Apple Valley parent

Where to Start

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: Schedule a tour.

Step 2: 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. Contact your School Director for more information regarding the electronic forms.

Do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or if you want to plan your visit to one of our schools. 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.

Our Loving and Caring Teachers

Our loving and caring teachers are eager to meet you and your child, and look forward to playing an important role in your child’s early education.

  • Our teachers are passionate about teaching and are dedicated to providing a safe, nurturing, and educational environment for your child.
  • Our knowledgeable, professionally trained, degreed teachers provide learning experiences and support to cultivate lifelong learning and assist your child to grow to their fullest potential.
  • All teachers must pass a background check, attend ongoing professional training, and be certified in both CPR and first aid.

Our Number One Priority

At New Horizon Academy, providing a safe and healthy environment for the children entrusted into our care is our number one priority. We take many precautions to ensure that this commitment if fulfilled every day.

Stay Connected

Our teachers will keep you up-to-date on your child’s day and help you stay connected and informed. Via our mobile app, you will receive information about:

  • Special moments
  • Fun learning activities
  • Cherished photos
  • And, so much more!

So, while you are at work, you have peace of mind that your child is healthy, safe, learning, and having fun!

Before and After School Transportation

For your convenience, we offer transportation to local elementary schools for children enrolled in our before and after school program. We partner with a wide variety of schools in our community.

These schools include:

  • Greenleaf Elementary
  • Westview Elementary
  • Echo Park Elementary

School-age children on New Horizon Academy school bus


Apple Valley's Unique School Features

Discover what makes New Horizon Academy Apple Valley a top pick for parents!

I LOVE this daycare! I send both of my kids here and have been nothing but overjoyed with this school. The staff are kind and thoughtful and the director goes above and beyond to make sure parents are happy and comfortable. It’s a big deal leaving your kids for the better part of the day, and knowing they are happy and well cared for warms my heart. The activities this school provides are also so amazing – they’re always doing something fun! The center is clean and the toys are well-kept. I could not recommend the New Horizon Academy Apple Valley location more!

— Jessica, New Horizon Academy Apple Valley parent
Frequently Asked Questions

Our Apple Valley daycare center is open Monday-Friday every day with the exception of nine holidays:

  • New Year’s Day
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day
  • Presidents’ Day
  • Memorial Day
  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day
  • Indigenous Peoples’ Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Christmas Day


*On Christmas Eve, New Horizon Academy closes at 3:00 p.m.


*If one of these holidays falls on a weekend, it will be observed on either Friday or Monday.


*Our school will remain open during inclement weather to ensure children still have access to quality childcare.

Yes! At New Horizon Academy Apple Valley (Cedar Ave), we have an on-site cook trained in nutrition, USDA guidelines, and proper portions for young children. Our school provides nutritious and nourishing meals every day including breakfast, lunch, and snack. All meals are included in the cost of tuition.


If your child has a special nutritional need, a food allergy, or requires adaptation to our menu, please alert our school director, and we will partner with your family to create a suitable meal plan.


View a Sample Meal Plan

Our Apple Valley school offers both full-time and part-time schedules to accommodate the different needs of our families.


Please contact our school director for current childcare openings and availability.


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At New Horizon Academy Apple Valley (Cedar Ave), we follow Minnesota state guidelines for licensed daycare staff-to-child ratios:

  • Infant classroom – 1:4
  • Toddler classroom – 1:7
  • Preschool classroom – 1:10
  • Pre-k classroom – 1:10
  • School-age classroom – 1:15

At New Horizon Academy Apple Valley (Cedar Ave), daycare tuition rates vary by:

  • Number of children you’re enrolling
  • Age of children
  • Number of days per week daycare is needed


Please fill out our contact form or schedule a tour, and our school director will provide your family with personalized tuition rates.


Request Apple Valley Tuition Rates

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