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Sleepy Hollow KinderCare

Stephanie White, Center Director

711 Willow Lane Sleepy Hollow IL 60118
(847) 836-4011 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
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Special Instructions:
off Rt 31 S of Spring Hill Mall

Neighborhood:
We are located right off of Rt. 31 one stoplight south of Rt. 72. Also just a few miles from the tollway (I90)

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Sleepy Hollow - Dundee Highlands - Gilberts - Liberty - Westfield - Parkview - Saint Catherine's- Golfview

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Welcome

Thank you for your interest in Sleepy Hollow KinderCare! Our school has been caring for and educating the young children in Sleepy Hollow, Dundee, Carpentersville, and Gilberts since 1999. We are committed to providing our students with a great early childhood experience that prepares them for elementary school and leaves them with a love for learning. We would love to have you come in to meet our dedicated teaching staff and see our classrooms firsthand. We hope to see you soon!

Stephanie White, Center Director

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Accreditation

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.

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.

Learning Adventures - Enrichment Program

Cooking

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.

Math

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.

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.

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  1. Sunday January 01, 2017
    1. January's Learning Focus

      Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Light and Dark, plus the Sky and Weather

      Through shadow play, experiments with flashlights, observing the Sun and more, infants and toddlers will enjoy learning about light and dark this month. Infants continue sensory development by looking at contrasting patterns and at objects that are clearly defined by sharp edges and bright colors, while toddlers will build on their understanding of the light and dark concepts with play around daytime and nighttime. The older Discovery Preschool children will turn their attention to the sky as they learn about weather, the Moon, the Sun, and stars.

      Children 4–5 years old: Transportation, Healthy Bodies, and Winter

      For children in the Preschool and Kindergarten classrooms, January is filled with variety! They’ll begin by learning about transportation and studying how things get from “here” to “there.” A few weeks later, the focus will shift to health and bodies, with an emphasis placed on how to make good choices for a growing body. Towards the end of the month, children will be introduced to the transformative nature of the winter season and learn how to dress and take care of themselves when it’s cold outside. 

  2. Monday December 26, 2016
    1. Center Closed in Observance of Christmas Day

Teachers & Staff

We have an excellent team of teachers here at Sleepy Hollow KinderCare! We would love to have you stop in to meet them personally, and have included brief biographies for you here. Our staff has a great deal of experience and would love to provide your child with a wonderful first experience at school!

  • Stephanie White

    Stephanie White, Center Director

    Stephanie has been with our company since 2000 and started at this center as a teaching assistant. She continued her education and gained her Elementary teaching Degree from Illinois State in 2003. Stephanie has had many roles here at Sleepy Hollow and loves communicating daily with the children and families. She loves building relationships with families that start in the infant class and grow all the way to the school age room! She is always available for any questions or concerns that you might have.

    Year Started:
    7/11/2000
    Tenure:
    16 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's of Science Degree in Elementary Education
  • Deanna Hejnosz

    Deanna Hejnosz, Assistant Director

    Deanna began teaching here in 2005. She graduated from Northeastern University with her B.S. in Sociology. Deanna has a son who was born in May of 2012, he is such a joy to have around! Deanna works hard each day to provide a consistent and enjoyable learning experience for the children in her classes. She is a wealth of knowledge when it comes to the infants, she is happy to help with any question that you might have for her.

    Year Started:
    1/1/2005
    Tenure:
    11 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor of Science in Sociology
  • Ms. Yesenia

    Ms. Yesenia, Infant Classroom

    Ms. Yesenia started working at KinderCare in 2016.  She is currently enrolled at the community college and working toward receiving her B.A. in Special Education.  Ms. Yesenia hopes to be a bilingual special education Kindergarten teacher in the future.  She loves working with children and is excited to be working with our infant and toddlers.

    Year Started:
    6/1/2016
  • Ms. Michelle

    Ms. Michelle, Learning Adventures

    Ms. Michelle started working for KinderCare in 2011. She has her Child Development Associate's Credential and has ten years of Early Childhood Education experience. She is excited for the opportunity to watch your child learn and grow into the great individuals that they are!

    Year Started:
    3/21/2011
    Tenure:
    5 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Rachel

    Ms. Rachel, Pre-Kindergarten Classroom

    Ms. Rachel started with KinderCare in September of 2016.  Rachel attended MacMurray College in Jacksonville Illinois for Special Education and American Sign Language and then moved to Foshan China in the countries southern province, Guangdong.  There she taught English at a few primary schools as well as training centers, ultimately opening up her own center in her home and teaching the students from there.  She worked with students as young as 2 all the way up to 36 years old.  While in China she also had the opportunity to be a live in teacher and nanny to 3 Chinese children.  She grew up in a musical household, so music has always been a passion of hers.  Rachel loves to incorporate dancing and singing into every class!

    Year Started:
    9/1/2016
  • Ms. Angie

    Ms. Angie, Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Angie started with KinderCare in 2014 and transferred to our center in 2016.  Ms. Angie is working toward her Bachelors Degree in Early Childhood.  Ms. Angie has previous experience as a nanny.  Angie has a young daughter that attends our center.  Ms. Angie has an infectious, bubbly personality that welcomes children and families to her classroom.  She is currently teaching our younger preschool classroom.

    Year Started:
    10/1/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
  • Ms. Shelby

    Ms. Shelby, School Age Classroom

    Ms. Shelby started working at our center in 2016.  Shelby has previous experience as a swim coach.  She is also a nanny on the weekends to a 3 year old little girl.   Shelby is currently working toward her Bachelors Degree in Early Childhood Education.  She loves working on science and art projects.  Ms. Shelby creates a consistent environment for the school agers.

    Year Started:
    5/1/2016
  • Ms. Annie

    Ms. Annie, Toddler Classroom

    Ms. Annie started with KinderCare in 2016.  Annie has previous experience working with children and has also taught T-ball.  She has her associate’s degree in Elementary Education from the University of Phoenix and is continuing her education through Rasmussen University.  Annie has 3 older children of her own

    Year Started:
    7/1/2016
  • Ms. Trish

    Ms. Trish, Infant Classroom

    Ms. Trish has been working in childcare since 1995 and has been with the Sleepy Hollow KinderCare since 2001. Ms. Trish has her Associate's Degree form Harper College. She provides the Infants with wonderful individualized care based on their needs and works with parents to ensure that they have a great first experience!

    Year Started:
    1/1/2002
    Tenure:
    14 Years
    Education:
    Associate's Degree
  • Ms. Alex

    Ms. Alex, Infant

    Ms. Alex started working for KinderCare in 2012. She has her Bachelors Degree in Human Development and Family Studies from Bowling Green State University. She moved from Ohio in August of 2014 and is so excited to be part of the Sleepy Hollow KinderCare Family. She really enjoys being able to spend time in each classroom with all of the children.  Alex's daughter Lily also attends KinderCare

    Year Started:
    3/1/2012
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Education:
    Bachelors Degree in Human Development and Family Studies
  • Ms. Candy

    Ms. Candy, Infant B

    Ms. Candy has worked for KinderCare since 1995. She has her Child Development Associate's credentials in Infant and Toddler care. Ms. Candy provides consistent daily schedules and encourages the children to develop their verbal skills and sense of independence. She enjoys reading stories, singing songs and taking lots of pictures of the kids learning and having fun.

    Year Started:
    10/17/1995
    Tenure:
    21 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Doreen

    Ms. Doreen, Infant Classroom

    Ms. Doreen is currently working in our infant classroom.  Doreen has prior experience as a nanny.  She is currently enrolled in the CDA program where she will become a teacher of children 2 years and younger.  Doreen is a friendly teacher who loves to watch the children learn and grow.

    Year Started:
    2/29/2016
  • Ms. Kathy

    Ms. Kathy, Prekindergarten Classroom

    Ms. Kathy started with KinderCare in 2015.  Kathy was the assistant director at another child care center since 1998.  She loves to bring her knowledge and experience to our center in our Pre-k classroom.  Please feel free to ask her any question you may have.

    Year Started:
    11/3/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    19
  • Ms. Ashley

    Ms. Ashley, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Ashley started with KinderCare in 2013. She has worked with children for many years and is thrilled to be continuing her career here at KinderCare! Ashley completed her Child Development certificate in 2014.  Ashley is very creative and in tune with the children's feelings.  Ashley is also wonderful at potty training!

    Year Started:
    9/16/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Bridget

    Ms. Bridget, Toddler

    Ms. Bridget began working at KinderCare in 2015.  She is a graduate of Larkin High School.  Ms. Bridget previously taught at a nearby gymnastics center.  Ms. Bridget has her CDA in Infant, Toddler care.  She is currently one of our Toddler teachers.

    Year Started:
    5/26/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
  • Ms. Amanda

    Ms. Amanda, Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Amanda has been teaching our Preschool children since 2008. She has her Bachelor of Arts Degree from Quincy University. Ms. Amanda enjoys planning activities that will peak the children’s curiosity and loves seeing the looks on the children’s faces when they learn something new.

    Year Started:
    4/14/2008
    Tenure:
    8 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's of Arts Degree
  • Ms. Ashley

    Ms. Ashley, PreKindergarten

    Ms. Ashley has been working for KinderCare since 2007. She started teaching in the toddler room and then became the Discovery Preschool teacher. Ashley has her Child Development Associate's credential in infant and toddler care and is currently taking early childhood classes at the local community college to obtain her Associate's Degree. Ms. Ashley is very creative and helps the children use their imagination.  She is very excited to work with the PreKindergarten children this year and get them ready for Kindergarten!

    Year Started:
    11/12/2007
    Tenure:
    9 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's Credential, pursuing Associate's Degree
  • Ms. Lorelle

    Ms. Lorelle, Cook

    Ms. Lorelle started with KinderCare in November of 2014.  She is a single mother of 2 adult children and 1 teenager, who attended KinderCare throughout her childhood.  Ms. Lorelle enjoys crafts and art projects.  She is excited to begin her career with KinderCare and the opportunity to nourish the children of the center.  Lorelle has her CDA in preschool care.

    Year Started:
    11/17/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years

December 2016 Events

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  1. Thursday December 01, 2016
    1. December's Learning Focus

      Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Family, Friends, and Things that Go!

      Infants and toddlers will be exploring family and friends, while three-year-olds will focus on things that go vroom! Social and emotional development is foundational to growth and development in babies, so this month, infants and toddlers will participate in activities that reinforce their connection to family while also exploring connections that exist outside their home, such as friends. Meanwhile, their older friends in Discovery Preschool will learn about and play around with things that move (like bicycles, cars, buses, trains, and airplanes), which are all very exciting for little ones as they continue to explore the world outside their homes. 

      Children 4–5 years old: My Country + Tools and Machines

      The four- and five-year-olds continue exploring the world around them by learning about the state and country they live in! They’ll sings songs, play games based on travel, and learn about flags, state foods, and more. Children will also be introduced to cardinal directions (east, west, north, and south) and gain an appreciation for travel and meeting new friends from different places. 

      Children are naturally fascinated with machines and how things work and are put together. So to encourage that fascination, during the second half of this month children will learn about and play around with tools and machines. In addition to building literacy skills by using the names of machines and tools, children will develop math skills by graphing information, counting wheels, and more.

  2. Monday December 26, 2016
    1. Center Closed in Observance of Christmas Day

About Our Center

We are proud to be a NAEYC accredited center, as well as being awarded the GOLD circle of quality from ExceleRate Illinois!

Languages Spoken at Our Center

  • Spanish

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Additional Menu Options

  • Vegetarian
  • Special diets

Center Menu

Holidays Observed

Center closures:

New Year's Day  
Memorial Day
Fourth of July
Labor Day
Thanksgiving Day
Day after Thanksgiving
Christmas Day
 

We will also be closed for Professional Development Training for our teachers and staff on:

Columbus Day
President's Day

Health and Safety

At KinderCare, the safety of our children and the confidence of our parents are points of pride. From daily sign-in to strict parent / guardian identification and single keypad access, we maintain a rigorous standard for safety. Plus our daily cleanliness and maintenance schedules leave nothing at all to chance.  We also take part in Safe sleep in our infant classroom and all of our staff are First aid and CPR certified.

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.

Once during a training session at my job, a question was posed to the group: “What companies have earned your loyalty?” My reply was simple: KinderCare. The instructor was expecting to hear answers such as “Apple” or “Starbucks” so he seemed taken off-guard. I expanded by explaining that the staff at the Sleepy Hollow KinderCare has truly earned not only my loyalty, but also my respect, admiration, and utmost trust, as I place in their care daily my most prized possession–my children. They have been attending the Sleepy Hollow KinderCare for eight years with both of my daughters starting in the infant classroom as soon as I went back to work after my maternity leaves. My daughters have progressed through the center and are now in Kindergarten and School Age, and we have been thrilled with the care and support given throughout the years by the teachers and support staff. My girls are both excelling in their classrooms at school and I owe much of that to the curriculum and enrichment learning available at KinderCare. In the very rare instances where I had a concern, the Center Director listened to my thoughts and reacted appropriately, strengthening my belief that I have absolutely made the best choice for my child care services. Because of the relationships that my children and I have built with the teachers and staff over the years however, I do not think of KinderCare as just a child care service, I think of them as family.

- Mother

I just wanted to take a minute to say thank you to you and your staff at KinderCare. You all go out of your way to make my family feel welcome and at home in your center. I can tell you all take pride in your center. It is not always easy leaving my "baby" day in and day out, but when I do I know that he is very well taken care of by you and your teachers. I trust you all very much with my son and know that when I leave him he is going to get the best early childhood education possible and be well nurtured by his teachers. Ms. Trish always makes an effort to say "Good Morning" and asks about John's night. I LOVE the fact that even though John is not in her room anymore that she still cares about John and my family! Ms. Candy is ALWAYS sharing John's "cute" moments with me, which I TOTALLY love because I'm not always there! She gets so excited to tell me all the things John is doing, I can tell she really enjoys having my son in her class. As a mother it is a great feeling to have when you know that your child's teacher really enjoys having your son in their class. Ms. Ashley, although she is new and I don't get much of a chance to talk to her, had really opened up her heart to my son. She is always smiling and seems eager to learn. It may have taken John some time to warm up to her, but because of Ms. Ashley taking the effort to get to know my son he enjoys having her as his teacher! John is my life and I take such joy knowing that I made the best decision I could for his educational needs. Not only are you a child care facility, you all are a huge part of our family. Thank you so much for everything!

- Mother
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