Three decades of caring for kids in Geneva

Kathy Ryrko, Liz Bailey and Brenda Ruthven have no trouble remembering September 1989, when the Geneva General Child Care Center got off to a rather inauspicious start.

“This building was behind schedule,” Ryrko said. “We were in the hospital basement conference room for a short time, and then moved in here about two weeks later.”

To say things improved over time would be an understatement. And as Ryrko, Bailey, Ruthven and their co-workers celebrate the 30th anniversary of what is now the Jim Dooley Center for Early Learning, they are hoping to see many of the children — and now adults — they cared for over three decades.

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