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Ready to Learn Conference 2023

Providing educators, caregivers and others with knowledge and resources to foster enhanced outcomes for children.



Saturday, April 29, 2023


The Ready to Learn Early Childhood Conference provides current and relevant information on a variety of topics related to early childhood education, including Equity and Access.

The conference features keynote presentations and breakout sessions, along with opportunities for community organizations and vendors to share information. The conference is presented by in partnership with STAR NET Regions I and III, Western Illinois University, and WQPT PBS.

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Registration Information

$50 per person (includes sessions, presentations, and breakfast)


Your Registration Fee includes:

  • Two keynote sessions
  • Select from several breakout sessions on various topics
  • Professional development credits
  • Breakfast and lunch

Interesting in become a workshop presenter or vendor?

Simply complete one of these online forms.

More Information

Contact us online using our contact form or write:


Melissa Gravert

Director of Educational Outreach


Dr. Lindsay Meeker

Professor of Early Childhood Education and Director of the Center for Best Practices in Early Childhood Education
Western Illinois University

Keynote Speakers


Ruth Spiro

Ruth Spiro

Author of the bestselling Baby Loves Science books, including the groundbreaking original series introducing big ideas to the littlest listeners.
Learn more about Ruth

Antoinette Taylor

Antoinette Taylor

Dr. Taylor holds a PhD in Pre/K–12 Curriculum and Instruction and a Master of Science in Special Education. She has over 30 years of experience in education.
Learn more about Antoinette

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WQPT PBS Outreach
WQPT PBS Outreach
WQPT PBS Outreach
WQPT PBS Outreach
WQPT PBS Outreach
WQPT PBS Outreach