Ready to Learn

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Registration Form
Professional Development
Conference Location
Conference Assistance
Conference Schedule
Conference Sponsors




Join us on Saturday, April 26, 2014

Happy Faces

The annual Ready to Learn Conference has become a regional tradition in the Mississippi Valley of eastern Iowa and western Illinois. WQPT and our conference sponsors invite you join us for a morning (8:30am–12:30pm.) workshops for parents, providers and other early childhood professionals to get up-to-date information on assessing & building oral language, the autism spectrum, drum circle rhythms, early math, home environments, physical & creative movement, preventing behavior problems, project approach with science, 3–D art, using nonfiction literature with young children and many other topics related to early childhood. Participants receive training certificates. CEU/CPDU credits and/or a college credit course through Black Hawk College will be available for an additional fee.

Professional Development credits are also available.

Registration & Registration Form


Registration Brochure & Form

Download the 2014 Registration brochure.

The $25.00 fee includes 3 workshops, a light breakfast and a free children's book. Workshops are available on a first-come, first-served basis the day of the conference. Seating is limited. There is NO pre-registration for workshops.

Tickets to the conference will be sent to registered participants in April. Sorry, no refunds.

Date: Saturday, April 26, 2014
Time: 8:30am–12:30pm.
Location: 3300 River Drive | Moline, Illinois.


Submit Registration Forms

Mail completed forms:
WQPT, RTL Conference
3300 River Drive
Moline, Illinois 61265

Fax completed forms:

Call (for verbal submissions)
Call WQPT during normal business hours:
877/413-2424 toll-free


Conference Assistance

For faster response, please use our online contact form.

For Registration Assistance

If you have questions or need assistance with registration, use our online form or contact:
Amanda Bergeson, 309/764-2400 ext. 65024

For Conference Information

If you have questions or need clarification about the conference, use our online form or contact:
Ana Kehoe, 309/764-2400 ext. 65026

Professional Development


At the conference all participants will receive a training certificate valued at 3 hours. CEU and CPDU credits are available that day for an additional fee of $25.00 from the Rock Island Regional Office of Education.

Black Hawk College is offering 1 college credit in conjunction with the conference. Simply choose 3 (three) workshops for "Best Practices"*, participate in online discussions and write a 6-page paper. Please note: You must register for the course (CD240) and pay separately. If you are interested, contact Chris Bachelder at 309/796-5986 or for permission.

*Best Practice sessions are identified in the 2014 Ready to Learn Conference registration brochure, available for download.


Conference Location


The Ready To Learn Conference is held at Western Illinois University-Quad Cities', Riverfront campus located at 3300 River Drive in Moline, Illinois.



2014 Conference Workshops

Download the Registration Form and Schedule (shown above) for complete details including workshops with course credits.


Session 1


Session 2


Session 3




3-D Art

Art Activities That Really Stand Out

Presented by Dianna Saelens

The Project Approach+ Science = FUN!


Presented by Scott Brouette

The Project Approach+ Science = FUN!

Presented by Scott Brouette



Are You Paying Attention to Young Children's Language?

Assessing & Building Language

Presented by Kathy Barclay

Using Nonfiction Literature with Young Children

Best Books, Best Practices

Presented by Kathy Barclay

Movin' and Grovin'

Physical & Creative Movement

Presented by Debbie Lee



Positive Discipline

Can an Ounce of Prevention Help with Problem Behaviors?

Presented by Tammy Schaefer

Positive Discipline

Can an Ounce of Prevention Help with Problem Behaviors?

Presented by Tammy Schaefer

I Wish I Could Smile Everyday

Mental Health Needs

Presented by Tiffany Stoner-Harris



Drum Circles

Rhythms for Life

Presented by Gwen Deming

Drum Circles

Rhythms for Life

Presented by Gwen Deming

Drum Circles

Rhythms for Life

Presented by Gwen Deming



ABC's & 123's of Early Childhood Nutrition

Helping Little Ones Become
Happy & Healthy Eaters

Presented by Stephany Brimeyer

Please Listen to What I Don't Know How to Say

Understanding Through Play

Presented by Tiffany Stoner-Harris

I Know What I Want To Be When I Grow Up

How Do I Get There?
Career Possibilities

Presented by Dianna Saelens




Keeping School-Agers Busy

Presented by Jennifer Young

Help! My Spouse
Doesn't Want To Live
in a Preschool!

Early Learning in Home Environments

Presented by Jennifer Young

Shape It Up!

Early Math

Presented by Sallee Beneke



The Essential Conversation

What Parents & Teachers
Can Learn From Each Other

Presented by Kathy Graver

Nurturing Healthy
Sexual Development

Presented by Rachel Williams

I Can!

Involving Children in Their Own Assessment & Progress

Presented by Helen Vogel



Shifting the Focus

From Playground to
Outdoor Classroom

Presented by Cindy Mahr
and Jenna Mahr

I Love the Children But Sometimes the Parents Drive Me Crazy

Welcoming New Families

Presented by Paquita Richardson
and Debbie Case

The Autism Spectrum

Resources and Supports
for Children and Families

Presented by Sandy Valentine



Conference Sponsors

WQPT–Quad Cities PBS

WQPT provides a pathway to lifelong learning through the delivery of high quality educational and culturally enriching television programming and outreach services. Learn more

Child Abuse Council

The Child Abuse Council is a private, non-profit agency that provides prevention, education and treatment programs to help children
and strengthen families. Learn more

Child Care Resource & Referral

Serving midwestern Illinois and southeastern Iowa, Child Care Resource and Referral provides parent referrals and support for quality child care. Learn more

Mississippi Bend Area Education Agency

The Mississippi Bend Area Education Agency is one of nine area education agencies (AEAs) in the state created by the Iowa legislature to ensure all children have equal educational opportunities. AEA's serve as intermediate units providing educational services to local schools.
Learn more

Quad Cities Association for
the Education of Young Children

The Quad Cities Association for the Education of Young Children promotes best practices in early care and education programs, as well providing support for the growth and development of early childhood professionals. Learn more

Rock Island County Regional
Office of Education

The Rock Island Regional Office of Education partners with education constituencies in order to move education forward with the highest priority given to meeting the needs of children first.
Learn more

Western Illinois Univesity–Quad Cities

Ranked a "Best Midwestern College" by the Princeton Review, Western Illinois University offers a variety of bachelor's and master's degrees, a doctorate in Education as well as pre-professional and certificate programs to more than 12,000 students at the Macomb and Quad Cities campuses. Learn more

Additional Conference Support

The Ready To Learn Conference is supported by John Deere