Ryan Jury Child Development Learning Center

Childcare at Swedes

We provide quality childcare and education in a safe, developmentally appropriate environment for children ages six weeks to 10 years. While priority is given to SwedishAmerican associates, we accept enrollment from the larger Rockford community when availability permits.

For more information and to obtain an application, please call the center at:

(779) 696-9501

122 Williams Park, Rockford, IL 61103


Our mission is to provide a stimulating child-centered, active learning environment that promotes each child's social/emotional, physical and cognitive development, as well as supports children's desire to be life-long learners.

The Jury Center's goal is to strengthen the bridge between work and family life. We believe that the best environment of care comes from the cooperation and resources of the family, the community and the child care center. Our learning environment is based on best practices, and we only employ experienced teachers with degrees in education.

The Ryan Jury Story

The Ryan Jury Child Development Learning Center is named in recognition and appreciation of Ryan Jury, who died of cancer in 1986, at the age of 23 months.

Following Ryan's death, the Jury family established the Ryan Jury Memorial Fund. This permanent fund of The SwedishAmerican Foundation provides for the perpetual and ongoing support of children’s services at SwedishAmerican. Over the past 30 years, more than $1 million has been raised through the annual Ryan Jury Memorial Golf Outing and Dinner.

Funding for the Jury Center began with an initial donation of $542,500 from the Ryan Jury Memorial Fund, which is a prime example of the Jury family’s long-time commitment and support to SwedishAmerican.

Programs for Infants to Adolescents

The Ryan Jury Child Development Learning Center offers multiple age-based programs. Our curriculum are specifically developed to meet the developmental needs of each child. 

From the very first moment in a childcare program, we assign you and your baby a primary caregiver to ensure your baby receives individual attention. The primary caregiver plays a special role and is responsible for your baby's prime times: those critical one-to-one moments of caring and play, nurturing and communication. 

Our curriculum provides babies and toddlers with a safe, welcoming environment abundant with opportunities to actively enjoy, to make sense of the world by exploring a rich sensory environment filled with different sights, sounds, textures and sensations. 

Two-year olds are exploding in their power to communicate, move purposely and assert their independence and individuality. In the same way that adolescence stands between childhood and adulthood, twos are moving from the total dependence of babyhood to the more independent, mobile world of preschoolers.

The twos program is designed to guide each child through his or her transition from the sensory-motor world of toddlers to an increasingly social world and the onset of symbolic thinking. The environment is well-planned, allowing for child-choice and self-directed play, small groups, brief circle-times with the whole group, reflection and documentation of learning experiences, and supportive teaching that prepares children for academic excellence.

Preschool children are expanding interests. At this age, they begin to investigate the workings of a widening world and experiment with their emerging use of language.

The preschool program offers a rich variety of projects and activities that build upon established foundations for learning, while focusing on advancing language ability, mathematical reasoning and scientific thought. Children develop independently and in small groups. Learning centers offer guided experiences that encompass all the skills and understanding necessary for optimum development and academic success.

The kindergarten program provides a comprehensive, learning-centered approach that challenges children and supports all areas of development. It recognizes both the value of emergent curriculum and the need for directed, sequential instruction to ensure that children enter first grade with the skills and knowledge expected of them in the school that they will attend.

The Jury Center has developed expectations and practices in concert with our local schools that the children will be attending. At the same time, the kindergarten curriculum builds off the child's knowledge base and skills, learning style and interests. There is a clear emphasis on the development of strong language, math and science skills. Important "school skills" of listening carefully, following through on a sequence of tasks and working cooperatively are reinforced.

Our school-age program recognizes the growing physical, intellectual and social competence of older children. Eager to form social connections and discover how the adult world works, 6- to 10-year-olds thrive on challenges, friendships, clubs and responsibility.

The Ryan Jury Child Development Learning Center's program for school-age children supports their desire to learn by providing new opportunities to help them explore. School-age children up to age 10 can enroll in our center that offer before- and after-school care, holidays and school closings, and summer day-camp programs.

Our teachers work collaboratively to develop a curriculum that focuses and takes advantage of all that the summer offers. Our staff uses our playgrounds and the surrounding community as an extension of the center, helping children to discover science and explore nature, creative art, and music, while learning about the vast opportunities in the world around them. These experiences include walking trips to local parks to visiting libraries, zoos, or museums. Each trip must be developmentally appropriate, safe, have educational value and it must be fun!