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Sleepy Hollow KinderCare

Stephanie Garay, Center Director

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

Ages: 6 weeks to 12 years

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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:
Afternoon only: Gilberts, Liberty, Dundee-Highlands, and Golfview. Yellow bus before- and after-school: Sleepy Hollow Elementary.

Our center is accredited by NAEYC.

NAEYC Accreditation

Welcome to Sleepy Hollow KinderCare

Welcome to Sleepy Hollow KinderCare in Illinois! Located on Willow Lane near South 8th Street, many families find our location to be a perfect fit. We have been serving this community for many years and are committed to providing an excellent early childhood learning experience. We strive to send children to further their education with the skills they need to thrive. Everyone belongs in our circle — we love our families and meeting new friends!

Our classrooms are places to thrive! 
In our safe and healthy classrooms, your child will be engaged in learning experiences that meet them where they are, both socially and academically. With fun daily activities, passionate teachers, and great friends, a lifetime of confidence starts here. Contact the center director to learn more about our child care options and schedule a tour! 

Stephanie Garay, Our Center Director

Meet Stephanie Garay, Our Center Director

At KinderCare Since: 2000

Education: Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education

Favorite Children's Book: Mercer Mayer Books

Meet Stephanie Garay! She is the Center Director at Sleepy Hollow KinderCare in Illinois. Stephanie attended Illinois State University, where she earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education. She has been with KinderCare since 2000, and before that she was a teacher. Outside of work, Stephanie enjoys spending time with her family and her dog.

at KinderCare, our accreditation equals excellence. Contact one of our daycares today!


We’re so proud!

Nationally only 10% of daycares are accredited - nearly 100% of our learning centers are. That’s a big difference, and that means KinderCare kids are getting the very best. Here’s why.

Group of children and teacher at a KinderCare daycare center


What Learning Looks Like

Our talented early-childhood teachers set kids down the path toward becoming lifelong learners in a positive, safe, and nurturing environment.

Sleepy Hollow KinderCare Programs

Infant Programs (6 weeks–1 year)

Leaving your baby in someone else’s care is a big step. Everyone at our centers—most importantly, our naturally gifted infant teachers—will work with you to make sure the transition goes smoothly. When you step into our infant classroom, you’ll see how much we want your infant to feel safe, loved, and ready to explore their world.

Toddler Programs (1–2 Years)

Everything in our toddler classroom is designed for little explorers. That’s because a lot is going on at this age. When your child is wandering all over the place, that means they’re learning and discovering new things every day. We’ll help them explore their interests (and find new ones!) as they play and learn.

Discovery Preschool Programs (2–3 Years)

This age is filled with so much wonder and curiosity. That’s why we offer a ton of books and toys and bring artwork down to kids eye level. Children in discovery preschool also begin to learn how we all work together in a classroom. Simple math and science, pretend play, and group play help them get used to a more structured school setting.

Preschool Programs (3–4 Years)

This age is all about expression, when kids really start to form their own ideas about what they want to play and how they want to create. Every day in our preschool classroom, your child will explore science experiments, create artwork, and play pretend—all the skills needed for their big next step: kindergarten!

Prekindergarten Programs (4–5 Years)

When you walk into one of our pre-K classrooms, you’ll see artwork and writing displayed around the room. Labels are everywhere to help kids connect letters with words. You’ll also see pictures on the walls that reflect the families in our community. Your child will also deepen their knowledge in language, math, science, Spanish, and social skills.

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

You can count on us to provide reliable care for your school-ager while you’re at work, with safe transportation from our center to your child’s school and back! Whether your child wants to start a drama club, build a volcano, or create a comic book, they will have a place to follow their dreams. Your child will start and end the day with a whole lot of fun!

School Break Programs (preschool, prekindergarten, and school-age)

Winter break, spring break, summer break—when school’s out (but you still need to work), you can count on KinderCare to provide a safe and supportive learning environment that’s focused on fun. We welcome children ages 5–12 during school break times and make sure they have a sensational, screen-free experience they won’t forget.

Learning Adventures - Enrichment Program

Cooking Academy™ (3 – 12 Years)

In Cooking Academy, kids learn new recipes from cultures around the world and develop a healthy relationship with food. They’ll whip up everything from Southwest rainbow lettuce wraps to pumpkin muffins, building their skills in STEM, communication, and more along the way. And yes—little chefs get to eat their culinary creations!

Phonics Adventures® (2 – 4 Years)

Learning how to read is a whole lot of fun at KinderCare! We help kids grow to love books and words (and get ready for kindergarten) in our Phonics Adventures program. From discovering the basics of vowels to practicing poetry, kids learn all about letters and sounds in small-group lessons made just for their age group. (Bonus: Kids who attend our phonics program are more prepared than their peers for school—and we have the data to prove it.)

STEM Innovators (3-8 Years)

You’ve probably heard a lot about how important STEM education is for your child, but what does that really mean? Our STEM Innovators program takes kids’ natural ability to make sense of the world and applies it to robotics, chemistry, coding, geology, and more. While your child experiments, they’ll discover how to use technology to do amazing things!

Our Teachers

We're the only company in early childhood education to select teachers based on natural talent. Being a great educator isn't enough though. KinderCare teachers are also amazing listeners, nurturers, boo-boo fixers, and smile-makers. Put more simply, we love our teachers and your child will, too.

Meet just a few of our amazing KinderCare teachers!

Daycare teacher at KinderCare helping young children


An Artist's Heart

"My classroom is full of art!” says Mary Annthipie-Bane, an award-winning early childhood educator at KinderCare. Art and creative expression, she says, help children discover who they really are.

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We put our best-in-class teachers in a best-in-class workplace. We're so proud to have been named one of Gallup's 37 winners of the Great Workplace Award. When you put great teachers in an engaging center, your children will experience an amazing place to learn and grow.

Family Stories

Don't take our word for it. Hear what our families have to say about our amazing center!

  • 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.

    Tina - KinderCare Parent
  • 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!

    Deanna H. - KinderCare Parent

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Who Are KinderCare Families?

They hail from hundreds of cities across the country from countless backgrounds, and proudly represent every walk in life. What our families have in common, though, is the want to give their children the best start in life. We are so proud to be their partner in parenting.

Hear from just a few of our amazing KinderCare families.

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A Globe-Trotting Family Finds A

Home in Houston

Four young children, four different passports, two languages, two full-time jobs…oh, and a few triathlons thrown in for good measure. Meet the globe-trotting Colettas—a family on the go.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What accreditations does KinderCare have?

We are your trusted caregiver. Our centers are state-licensed and regularly inspected to make sure everything meets or exceeds standards, including child-to-teacher ratios and safe facilities. Our centers aren’t just licensed—most are accredited, too! Find out more.

Do you offer part-time schedules at Sleepy Hollow KinderCare?

Everybody’s schedule is different. We’re happy to offer quality, affordable part-time and full-time childcare. Drop-in care may also be available. Reach out to your Center Director to learn more.

How does naptime work at Sleepy Hollow KinderCare?

Our teachers meet every child’s needs during naptime. Our teachers know how to get babies to nap. In fact, they are pros at getting children of any age to nap. Visit our article on "10 Ways We Help Kids Get a Great Daycare Nap" to learn more.

Do you support alternative diets?

We strive to be as inclusive as possible. To that point, we provide a vegetarian option at mealtime, take care to not serve common allergens and can adapt menus based on your child’s food sensitivities. If your child has additional needs, we’ll work with you to figure out a plan.

Are meals included in tuition? Can I choose to send my child with lunch?

We provide nutritious meals and snacks developed by a registered dietician to meet the needs of rapidly growing bodies and minds. If your child has special dietary requirements and you would prefer to bring in their lunch, please make arrangements with the center director.

Does my child need to be potty-trained?

Every child begins toilet learning at a different age. Until your child shows an interest in toilet learning, we’ll provide diaper changes on an as-needed basis. When your child shows an interest, we'll discuss how to work together to encourage toilet learning.