Child reading book The University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Office of Continuing Education is pleased to work with our external partner, the Institute of Reading Development, to offer reading skills programs for children and adults. The programs are taught by professional instructors from the Institute of Reading Development, a company that partners with universities across the country to offer reading programs in local communities. Each program in this series produces a significant is designed to boost in reading skill and comprehension, and also helps to stimulate a lifelong interest in reading for pleasure.

Of all the things parents do for their children, there are very few as important as helping them to develop a love of books and the habit of reading independently for pleasure. The benefits of enjoying reading last a lifetime. Reading well profoundly affects your child's academic and professional success, and it also shapes your child's character.

No matter what your child's age, level of reading skill, and current attitude toward books, it's never too late to develop a love of reading.

Instructors are drawn from the Institute of Reading Development, and all curriculum and materials have been approved by University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Office of Continuing Education. Parent and student evaluations indicate that these programs are remarkably successful in turning poor readers into good readers and good readers into great readers.

Registration & Information

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Program coordinators are available Monday through Friday, from 8:00 am to 10:00 pm; Saturday from 8:00 am to 7:00 pm; and Sunday, from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm.

Institute of Reading Development

UNC Charlotte's Office of Continuing Education is pleased to work with our external partner, the Institute of Reading Development (IRD) to offer reading enrichment programs for children, youth, and adults in North Carolina. IRD partners with universities across the country to offer outstanding reading programs of proven effectiveness.

IRD's University partners include Clemson University, University of Richmond, University of Miami, and many others. Programs in North Carolina are offered on the UNC Charlotte campus and at other sites throughout the state. Participants register for the programs through IRD. For more information on the upcoming schedule of classes, please visit our external partner website, or contact IRD at 1-800-964-8888.

Programs at 8 Locations throughout North Carolina

Programs have been offered as a community service by the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Extended Academic Programs, in conjunction with the Institute of Reading Development, since 2002.

For program locations and schedules in your area, or to enroll online, select a program level below:

Programs available in Charlotte, Concord, Fayetteville, Gastonia, Greensboro, Matthews, and Statesville

High school students with books

Below are recent comments from parents and students who have taken the reading classes with the Institute of Reading Development.

"My son really enjoyed acting out the stories after they were read in class. He wants to act out the books we read at home now!"
- Parent of a pre-kindergarten student

"My daughter suddenly started asking for bedtime stories, instead of staying up late to watch cartoons! This class gave her confidence and has greatly enhanced her class participation."
- Parent of 1st grader

"My daughter pays more attention, tries harder to sound out words, and has learned how to break down words that are hard to pronounce."
- Parent of 2nd grader

"My son has definitely improved his word-attack skills and fluency. He looked forward to class every week. He reads with a lot of expression and has improved his comprehension. It was a great class! The teachers gave a lot of practical tips to continue the skills."
- Parent of 3rd grader

"Our son has begun to love reading. Now he can't stop and seems to be on fire to finish a book. Thank you so very much for the skills taught and for making it fun to learn and read."
- Parent of 4th grader

"Before I had trouble not knowing how to study. The teacher taught us how to be better at reading textbooks."
- 6th grade student

"I have learned to study my vocabulary better. I have learned how to read better. This class has increased my confidence, I think this will help me on my SATs."
- 11th grade student

"I wish I had taken this class before returning to school! My instructor taught me to take control of my reading, instead of letting my reading assignments control my life. I read much faster and I remember much more. Thanks!"
- MBA Student