MOLINE, ILLINOIS (February 23, 2023) — WQPT, Quad Cities PBS is bringing back the “Ready to Learn Early Childhood” Conference. The event is offered in partnership with Star Net regions I and III, Western Illinois University, with support from the Grad Center — providing current and relevant information on a variety of topics related to early-childhood education, including Equity and Access, and is scheduled for Saturday, April 29.

The “Ready to Learn Early Childhood” conference was last offered in 2018. WQPT’s director of educational outreach, Melissa Gravert — a former teacher — wanted to relaunch the conference to provide the teaching and homeschooling community with high-quality early-childhood professional development and a chance for attendees to connect with community organizations and vendors. The “Ready to Learn Early Childhood” conference features keynote presentations and break-out sessions, along with opportunities for community organizations and vendors to share information.

The "Ready to Learn Childhood Conference" is an all-day event, and the registration fee is $50. The fee includes breakfast and lunch, two keynote presentations by Ruth Spiro, author of the bestselling Baby Loves Science, and Dr Antoinette Taylor, a specialist in pre/K-12 curriculum and instruction, along with a selection of break-out sessions on a variety of topics, and professional-development credits for applicable sessions from ISBE, Gateways, and Early Intervention.

For more information or to register, visit or call (309) 764-2400.

WQPT is a media service of Western Illinois University.

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