New Horizon Academy Receives National Accreditation

The New Horizon Academy’s Boise Avenue Center has earned recognition for the highest level of quality through accreditation with National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). NAEYC Accreditation represents the gold mark of quality in early childhood education and measures the early childhood program against 10 NAEYC Early Childhood Program Standards and more than 400 related accreditation criteria. 

“New Horizon Academy has worked very hard to show families in our community they value high-quality early learning,” says Idaho AEYC Executive Director Beth Oppenheimer. “Accredited programs represent the highest mark of quality in early childhood education and we are proud of their accomplishment.”

NAEYC is the nation's leading organization of early childhood professionals. NAEYC Accreditation began in 1985 with the goal of providing an accrediting system that would raise the level of care and education in early childhood programs. The 10 accreditation standards, created from research on young childhood development and input from educators around the country, focus on areas such as teaching, curriculum and leadership.

“We want to ensure our children receive the best possible early learning we can give them,” says Cammra Wakagawa, New Horizon Academy Area Director/Idaho District. “Earning NAEYC Accreditation was a challenge, but a goal we wanted to take on since accreditation standards are much higher than our local regulations.”

New Horizon Academy - Boise Avenue joins 20 other NAEYC accredited early childhood programs throughout Idaho. NAEYC Accreditation helps parents identify which early childhood programs offer high-quality, age-appropriate practices.

About Idaho Association for the Education of Young Children (Idaho AEYC)

The nonprofit Idaho AEYC is dedicated to advancing Idaho's early learning profession and advocating for children and families. Idaho AEYC is the state affiliate of the National Association for the Education of Young Children. The organization was founded in 1986 and is headquartered in Boise, Idaho. Learn more at