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KinderCare at Prairie Stone

Nicole Cleveland, Center Director

5100 Sedge Blvd. Hoffman Estates IL 60192
(847) 645-9510 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 YEAR-OLDS

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Special Instructions:
in Prairie Stone Business Park off Higgins Rd (IL-72)

We are located in the Prairie Stone Complex off of Prairie Stone Parkway. Sedge Blvd is the first left after you enter the park from Rt. 72. We are next to the Prairie Stone Fitness Center.

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Lincoln Elementary School, Timber Trails Elementary School, Hilltop Elementary School, Barbara Rose School, Ridge Circle Elementary School and Glenbrook Elementary School.

Now Enrolling-Late to Date Kindergarten and Kindergarten Prep!

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Prairie Stone KinderCare provides fun and educational programs for children ages 6 weeks to 12 years. Our passion is what makes our school different. We have a passion for teaching and caring for children that leads us to develop the whole child- socially, emotionally, physically and intellectually. In doing so, we make learning fun.

Nicole Cleveland, Center Director

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Many of our child care centers are accredited by national organizations that require us to meet rigorous early childhood education standards and guidelines for high-quality care and education. Programs that are accredited have demonstrated their commitment to go beyond the state’s minimum licensing requirements to meet and maintain these high standards of quality.

Our Programs

Infant Programs (6 weeks - 1 year)

Babies grow and learn every day. Our goal is to provide a safe and nurturing "home away from home" where babies can explore and make new discoveries. We know that learning through play is extremely valuable at this age and our Early Foundations® Infant program is designed to give babies the skills that will serve as the building blocks for a lifetime of learning.

Toddler Programs (1 – 2 Years)

As toddlers develop friendships, self-esteem, and curiosity, our Early Foundations® Toddler program will help them explore their world in a safe and nurturing environment. Our unique curriculum is based on the philosophy that children learn best through experiences. So each day is filled with fun activities that excite and develop toddlers, giving them the comfort and confidence to speak those first few important words, as well as make their first friends.

Discovery Preschool Programs (2 – 3 Years)

At this age, children are making new discoveries daily. And as two-year olds begin to exert their independence, our Early Foundations® Discovery Preschool program is prepared to open their eyes to a world of learning, sharing, and exploring. Our holistic approach in the classroom engages young minds with a blend of music, art, and movement, as well as the early education fundamentals they'll need as they continue on to preschool.

Preschool Programs (3 – 4 Years)

As preschoolers gain more self-esteem, they may feel ready to take on the world. Our Early Foundations® Preschool program enhances that confidence by providing activities to help children become problem solvers and lifelong learners. Through independent exploration, structured activities, and hands-on learning, children will work on early literacy, math, science, and social studies concepts. A healthy dose of running, jumping, and dancing keeps them active too.

Prekindergarten Programs (4 – 5 Years)

Prekindergartners are preparing for the adventure of a lifetime – school. And our Early Foundations Prekindergarten® program is designed to get them ready by teaching letters and words, math concepts, and valuable social skills. With small group instruction, independent play in an organized atmosphere, and whole-group activities, children will have all the right skills to hop, skip, and jump right into kindergarten.

Before- & After-School Programs (5 – 12 Years)

Even after school's out for the day, children need to be engaged in a comfortable, yet stimulating environment. That's where our Catch the Wave® program comes in. This innovative before – and after-school program allows school-age children to balance learning and fun through a variety of experiences. From homework help to fun physical activities, our program is designed so that everyone goes home happy.

Interactive Kindergarten (5 - 6 Years)

A full-day interactive Kindergarten program that utilizes new curriculum with an interactive smart board making first grade readiness a priority.

Summer Programs (preschool, prekindergarten, and school-age)

Don’t miss out on KinderCare’s Summer of Wonder: Six themed programs that will make summer exciting, educational and tons of fun. Whether your child is in our preschool, Pre-K or school-age programs, all of it is designed to help children learn while soaking up the fun. We offer flexible scheduling options to meet the needs of busy families like yours so we hope to see you there.

Participating Child Care Aware Center

KinderCare has partnered with Child Care Aware® of America in an effort to offer fee assistance for Active Duty military families and solutions to their child care needs when care at a Child Development Center on the installation is not available.

Learning Adventures - Enrichment Program


The Cooking Adventures program gives children opportunities to participate in fun, developmentally appropriate cooking experiences. They will learn about recipes, ingredients, cooking vocabulary, and the importance of a healthy diet. The curriculum includes lessons on picnics, pizza, and heart-healthy meals.


The Math Adventures enrichment program is designed to teach important mathematics concepts such as geometry, numbers, measurement, and probability. Your child will learn about length, height, and weight. He will learn about shapes and solids. He will learn how to add, subtract, multiply, and count money. Math is everywhere and giving your child every advantage now will add up to success later in life.


Ongoing research proves that early exposure to music helps children think, reason, create, and express themselves. Children will laugh and learn about rhythm, vocal melodies, and a variety of musical genres and instruments, which can lower stress and advance memory. Learning never sounded so good.

Phonics & Reading Adventures

Set your child up for advanced success with literacy through phonics, the study of letters and sounds. Reader books, games, and activity cards help your child understand the basics of vowels and blending syllables, giving him confidence and command of language.

Teachers & Staff

Our teachers and staff here at Prairie Stone KinderCare are dedicated and passionate about education, as well as caring for your children. Our staff here brings many years of early childhood experience, along with a variety of backgrounds in Early Childhood Education. All of our teachers are First Aid and CPR certified and we care for children six weeks to twelve years of age. We offer an educational curriculum to meet the needs of our children as they prepare for a successful future, as well as several enrichment programs in Phonics, Math, Reading, Cooking, Music, Cheerleading, and Science. The true key to our teachers’ success is their passion for teaching and a love for learning!

  • Nicole Cleveland

    Nicole Cleveland, Center Director

    Children are NOT a distraction from more important work. They are THE MOST important work.” –C.S. Lewis

    Ms. Nicole started with KinderCare in 2006 as a teacher's assistant. She continued her education and quickly moved up in the company. She has been a teacher, a learning adventure's teacher, and an assistant director. In 2014 she became the center director of the Prairie Stone KinderCare and absolutely loves her job! Everyday she strives to provide the children, the families and the staff of Prairie Stone the best experience possible.

    Year Started:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Associate in Human Services w/ Early Childhood Education Emphasis Bacherlors in Early Childhood Education Management
  • Megan Zierer

    Megan Zierer, Assistant Director

    It's not what you do for children but, what you have taught them to do for themselves.

    Ms. Megan joined our team in February, 2013. She has nine years of experience in Early Childhood Education with an Associates Degree along with a CDA. Ms. Megan has brought KinderCare's Discovery Preschool Curriculum to life and now is delighted to be in the new position of Assistant Director.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Megan has been working with young children since 2004. She began her career in a Park District setting and after two years began working in a child care center.
    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Associate in science and CDA
  • Marisa

    Marisa, Learning Adventures Lead

    kids with dreams become adults with a vison

    Marisa has been with KinderCare for 12 years.  She has her bachloers degree in sociology from Northeastern Universty.  She has a 13 year old Sebastian that is very active in sports including baseball and basketball.  She has recently taken over our learning adventure programs and is really enjoying wacthing the children growth through these special programs.

    Year Started:
  • Ms. Alexis

    Ms. Alexis, Infants

    Children are not things to be moulded, but people to be unfolded

    Ms. Alexis joined our team in July of 2015. Ms. Alexis has two young boys named Sean and Cameron.  She was born in California and worked at a Hotel in San Diego for several years before coming to Illinois.  She is also going for her CDA in early childhood education.
    Year Started:
    Assoc Degree and CDA
  • Ms. Alma

    Ms. Alma, Infants

    While we try and teach children about life, they teach us what life is all about

    Ms. Alma joined our team in June of 2015.  She is a great addition to the Infant room.  She was running a home daycare before she started with us.  She has two boys at home Nathan, 5 and Ethan, 2.  She is also going for her CDA in early childhood education.  Ms Alma is great at helping wherever she is needed.
    Year Started:
  • Ms. Jamie

    Ms. Jamie, Toddler

    How you speak to children becomes their inner voice

    Jamie has been working since she was 16 years old.  She graduated from Illinois State with a degree in education.  She has been working in a child care setting for the last 6 years and is very excited to join the KinderCare team!

    Year Started:
    Bachloers Degree
  • Ms. Lynn

    Ms. Lynn, Preschool

    The best teachers tell you where to look but not what to see

    Ms. Lynn graduated from Streemwood high school in 2014 and is currently going to Elgin Commmunity College, working towards a degree in nursing.  Ms. Lynn has a little girl name Melody that was born in Feburary of 2015.  She loves being a mother and is excited for her new roll as a Teacher's Assistant.

    Year Started:
  • Miss Danielle

    Miss Danielle, Discovery Preschool

    To teach is to touch a life forever

    Ms. Danielle attended Southern Illinois University and received her Bachelor's Degree in English. She has been working in early child education for 4 years. She loves enhancing the curriculum in the classroom by adding activities that encourage learning and self help skills. She loves helping her two year olds gain independence and a love for learning.

    Year Started:
    Years in ECE industry:
    4 years
    Bachelor's Degree in English
  • Ms. Kim A.

    Ms. Kim A., Infant/Toddler Room

    To see through a childs eyes.

    Ms. Kim has loved children since she was a little girl and has always had a job working and educating them.  Kim worked at another childcare facility for 6 years before she had her first child.  Kim than went on to be a stay home mom and babysat children from her home.   Ms. Kim has been with KinderCare since 2012 and has worked in all the classroom getting to know every child here with us.

    Year Started:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    23 years
  • Miss Adilene

    Miss Adilene, Discovery Preschool

    Children learn from who you are, not what you teach

    Ms. Adilene graduated from Barrington high school in 2015.  She has volunteered at another childcare for 4 years and is excited to get her CDA and continue her education to one day become and elementary school teacher.  She is very excited to be part of the KinderCare family!

    Year Started:
  • Jenna

    Jenna, Preschool Classroom

    Teachers who love teaching, teach children to love learning.

    Jenna has been in the Early Childhood Field for about 6 years and has been working with children for 12 years.  She has always loved working with children and has her own child at home.  Jenna loves teaching her preschool class because she is able to interact with them and watch them grow.

    Year Started:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    6 years
    Attended Rockvalley College for Early Childhood Education
  • Miss kayla

    Miss kayla, Pre Kindergarten

    A teacher takes a hand, opens a mind, and touches a heart

    Ms. Kayla Associates Degrees in both Science and Art, and is working on a degree in Early Childhood Education. She loves seeing the children learn and grow in her classroom and takes pride in getting them ready for Kindergarten. She creates a fun and positive atmosphere in her classroom that encourages learning and play.

    Year Started:
  • Ms. Kara

    Ms. Kara, Cook and Bus Driver

    "To see the world through a child's eyes can be more fascinating then looking at it through an adults."

    For as long as Kara can remember she has always wanted to teach and work with young children.   She grew up with two older brothers and helped take care of their children. She attended Elgin Community College where she got her Associate's Degree in Art and did several hours of Early Childhood Education classes.  Since she has been with KinderCare and has had a chance to be a toddler, twos, prekindergarden, and school age teacher.  Kara is also currently the cook for our center and a certified van driver.

    Year Started:
    11 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8 Years
    Associate of Arts
  • Kelsey

    Kelsey, Teacher Assistant

    Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.

    Kelsey has always known that she wanted to become an elementary school teacher. She loves working with children and is now pursing her dream. She is taking the first step by getting her associates degree at Mchenry County College.

    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Graduated from Cary-Grove High School in 2013 and is currently attending Mchenry County College.

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About Our Center

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Awards and Recognition

  • Illinois Quality Rating System

    Illinois Quality Rating System



Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Additional Menu Options

  • Vegetarian

Center Menu

Holidays Observed

We observe the following holidays:

  • New Year's Day
  • President's Day
  • Memorial Day
  • 4th of July
  • Labor Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Day after Thanksgiving
  • Christmas Day

Please note that because holidays observed may vary between centers, please be sure to check with your Center Director for specific closures.

Health and Safety

Our centers are held to the highest safety, cleanliness and maintenance standards, so that you can rest assured that your child is safe with us. Our Health and Safety Coordinator, Kara Tinder, performs daily safety checks and audits classrooms on a regular basis to ensure that our center exceeds both licensing and company standards. All of our staff is trained in First Aid, CPR (for Infants, Children and Adults) and SIDS. This center is accessible via single-entry security with keypad access, with daily sign-in and strict parent/guardian identification procedures.

At KinderCare, what families say about us means a lot. Read below some of the great experiences our families have had with us.

Share Your Story
If you have a story about your experience at KinderCare, please share your story with us.

Prairie Stone KinderCare has been an answer to prayer! Our son has struggled with behavior and social issues all his life and the ladies at Prairie Stone KinderCare took him under their wings and showed him the love he has been missing all these years! I am more than grateful for the ladies who love on my son with patience and love and understanding hearts! Thank you Ladies! You are appreciated more than words can say!

- Mother

Our family has been a part of the KinderCare family for over six years. KinderCare is truly a second home to my children. The teachers are loving, nurturing, and have helped my children flourish academically and socially. It is so heartwarming to know that the teachers love my kids just as much as my kids love them! We love Prairie Stone KinderCare! :-)

- Mother

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