Ready to Learn Conference

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



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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. With additional support provided by The GRADCenter.

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

Presented by The GradCenter

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 more than 30 years of experience in the education field.
Learn more about Antoinette

Presented by StarNet

Registration Information

$50 per person

Your Registration Fee includes:

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

*Professional development credits available for applicable sessions from ISBE, Iowa CCR&R, Gateways, and Early Intervention. Session selection information will be sent after registering.



Need Assistance?

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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

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