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The Center for Urban and Regional Excellence (CURE) at Indiana University Northwest is committed to providing fun, educational programs and opportunities for youth in our community through our Kids College.  We are currently in the process of finalizing the details of the classes and workshops that will be offered through Kids College, so please check back for more information. 

If you would like to be added to our mailing list, please send an email to [[cureiun]] with your name, mailing address, phone number, email address, and the name(s) and age(s) of your child or children.  Also, please check our Community Education information line at (219) 980-6978 for details regarding additional programming and educational opportunities available to the community throughout the year.  If you would like to learn about the Adult Education courses that are available through IU Northwest, please visit the Adult Education section of our web site. 

Reading Skills Programs

In cooperation with the Institute of Reading Development, a reading skills program is available to students ranging in age from 4 years old through high school.  The program provides age-specific training, and classes are offered during the summer in Northwest Indiana. The program, which promotes phonics, comprehension, vocabulary, study skills, and speed of reading, will turn struggling readers into good readers and good readers into great readers. Registration is open, so please call 1-800-978-9596 or visit the Institute of Reading Development website for more information.

  • These popular summer classes are taught by professional instructors from the Institute of Reading Development.  Programs have been offered as a community service by Indiana University Northwest, Center for Urban and Regional Excellence, since 1996.

  • Students in this program learn beginning reading skills and develop a love of books. Your child will learn letter recognition, phonics, and sight words, and will learn to read simple words and sentences.

  • In this program, students learn to read independently.  Your child will learn phonics and sight words, build comprehension, and gain the skills and confidence needed for success in first grade.

  • In this program, students become fluent indendent readers.  Your child will develop the comprehension, fluency, and long-word decording skills needed to read longer books with ease, and will build confidence and a love of reading.

  •  In this program, students become strong independent readers.  Your child will develop the comprehension, fluency, and long-word decording skills needed to read longer books with ease, and will build confidence and a love of reading.

  • In this program, students make substantial gains in comprehension, long-word decoding skills, fluency, and reading speed.  Your child will complete homework more quickly and easily, be more successful in school, and become a strong, enthusiatic reader..

  • Students in this program make substantial gains in comprehension while doubling reading speed.  They also learn the best way to read textbooks, take notes, and study for tests.  As a result students complete homework more quickly and easily, get better grades, and enjoy reading more.

  • Students double reading speed, make substanial gains in comprehension, and learn study stills.  Excellent preparation for the SAT, ACT, and college.

  • This program will transform your reading skills.  You will double your reading speed in difficult material and triple your reading speed in easier material, while improving comprehension, concentration, and recall.  As a result, you'll save a lot of time and get more out of everything you read.

    Tuition and materials fees vary by program level. Please refer to the information below. 

    Please visit our web site for additional information or register by calling The Institute for Reading Development at (800) 964-8888, Monday–Friday 8:00 a.m.–10:00 p.m., Saturday 8:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m. and Sunday 10:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.

    For more information, 1-800-964-8888 or go to the Institute of Reading Development.