In the Community

Outreach Initiatives, Workshops
& Activities

WQPT is your community partner for a variety of Educational Outreach Activities Help build reading, science and math skills through WQPT!

We bring the best resources from PBS KIDS to the region through workshops, school visits, library activities, special initiatives and events. These resources provide support for parents, teachers and caregivers who touch the lives of our children and strengthen our community's future. WQPT helps engage children on a variety of levels including STEM skills. Contact us to learn more.

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Ready to Learn Conference

The annual Ready to Learn Conference offers workshops for childcare providers and other early childhood professionals to get up-do-date information on a variety of important topics, such as active listening, behavior and discipline, chemistry for kids, and many other topics related to early childhood. Conference participants may receive training certificates. CEU/CPDU credits and/or a college credit course may be available for an additional fee. Learn more


PBS KIDS GO! Writer's Contest

Typically held in the Spring season, WQPT and its partners receive stories from young writers and illustrators in kindergarten, first, second and third grades. Sixteen winners (four from each grade) are selected and awarded prizes at a special event for families. First place winners go on to compete in the national contest. Each entrant receives a Certificate of Achievement. We invite area kids and classrooms to send us their original stories. The Writer's Contest encourages learning through action and reinforces WQPT as an important regional education partner. Read more


PBS Learning Media

PBS LearningMedia, a next-generation digital media service, empowers PreK–16 educators to re-imagine classroom learning, transform teaching, and creatively engage students. A go-to destination for instant access to tens of thousands of classroom-ready, digital resources including videos, games, audio clips, photos, lesson plans, and more! You can search, save, and share with ease. Best of all, PBS LearningMedia is FREE for educators. Learn more


Regional Events

WQPT participates in a variety of unique Educational Outreach events throughout the region with the assistance of regional partners, our dedicated staff, volunteers and WQPT/PBS Ambassadors. Activities vary and have included Reading Adventures, Martha Speaks Pet Awareness and WQPT Kids Week. We also have lead or participated in outstanding initiatives including Freedrom Riders, Stop Bullying and American Graduate.


First Book

Since 1995, WQPT has provided more than 200,000 free books to children whose families cannot afford them through the support of the First Book Program, a national initiative. WQPT works with selected schools and literacy programs to distribute these books to children who are from low literate, low income, English as second language, rural or special needs families. Learn more


Martha Speaks Reading Buddies

WQPT was funded by the producers of Martha Speaks to provide books and resources for a reading buddies program that pairs older and younger students together to build vocabulary and comprehension skills. The PBS series is based on the famous books about Martha, a dog who eats vegetable soup and is able to talk. Working with 8 teachers and 150 kids from Frances Willard and Longfellow Schools in Rock Island, WQPT hosted a celebration at the end of the 10 lessons.


Design Squad

Design Squad, now delivered online, has a cast of eight high schoolers into the big, wild world of engineering. The teams learn to build fast, think smart and not totally freak out when their stuff falls apart. Working in groups of four, each team has just two days to complete a task, from constructing cardboard furniture for IKEA; to building hockey net targets for the Boston Bruins; to designing underwater prostheses for an amputee dancer.

Heeding a few "words of wisdom" from Design Squad's engineer host, 20-something Nate Ball—contestants brainstorm, design, build, test and re-design, before putting their products to the (sometimes hilarious, often triumphant) test.

Keeping their eyes on the grand prize—a $10,000 college scholarship from the Intel Foundation—and their cool when things get hot, Design Squad-ers soon discover that engineering can make anything possible!