Reading Programs for Children & Adults

The Institute for Reading Development LogoProfessional & Continuing Education partners with The Institute for Reading Development to offer live-online reading and study skills programs for all age levels. From beginner readers to older students and adults, the Institute for Reading Development instructors guide students as they learn the necessary skills to become successful readers and students. Each age group is taught specialized lessons online live with qualified instructors. 

2024 Summer Reading Skills Programs

Boy reading a book.This summer, help your child become a confident, enthusiastic reader. Summer Reading Skills Programs are offered through Chico State Professional & Continuing Education, and designed and taught by instructors from the Institute of Reading Development. 

Strengthen Skills, Build Confidence, Enjoy Reading

These single-grade programs teach key reading skills, from phonics and sight words for younger children to comprehension, reading speed, and textbook strategies for older kids, and everything in between.  

Guided by a knowledgeable and supportive teacher, students in these programs experience success with reading again and again, developing their skills and building confidence in outstanding books at the right level of challenge for each age.  

Your child will avoid the many challenges of summer learning loss and become an avid reader who enjoys reading for school and for pleasure. 

How the Programs Work

Girl holding a book and smiling at the camera.Your child will attend weekly classes that build skills and provide great experiences with terrific books – books that are filled with interesting characters, exciting storylines, and engaging themes. Between classes, your child will practice reading and complete fun, interactive lessons that develop core skills and build confidence.  

An Institute of Reading Development teacher will provide all the support and instruction your child needs to grow as a reader and student.  Your child will get a jump start on the next school year and be ready to make it a big success!

Let’s Discuss Your Child’s Reading Development.

Secure your child’s spot today! Class size is limited.

Fall Speed Reading & Study Skills Program for College Students

College aged woman studying at a computerIn just four class sessions, this online program will make you a faster, smarter reader and more effective student. You will save time, get more out of everything you read, and learn new strategies for academic success. 

By taking this course, you will be able to read challenging material like textbooks and journal articles twice as fast. In easier material, such as nonfiction books and novels, you will read even faster. You’ll learn ways to improve your comprehension, retain information, take effective notes, and prepare for tests and exams efficiently – all without extensive rereading.

Instruction for this course is provided by the Institute of Reading Development. The Institute has provided instruction through Professional & Continuing Education for the past 34 years, and also teaches for many other leading universities and colleges.

Young adult learning study skills during an online classAs a course participant, you will receive a free lifetime repeat privilege. The type of material you need to read will change or become more difficult throughout your college career. Your repeat privilege entitles you to retake this course and receive instruction in the specific techniques best suited to the material you are reading. 

A variety of weekend and weekday schedules are available for busy students. Choose from classes in the morning, afternoon, or evening. This is the only Speed Reading and Study Skills program that will be offered this academic year. To register or receive more information, call 1-800-418-7910, Monday-Friday 6 a.m.–5 p.m. or Saturday 6 a.m.–2 p.m.

    Adult reading program participant shares his success with reading comprehension and speed reading skills.


    Programs presented in partnership with a third-party provider are not taught by Chico State faculty nor affiliated with a campus academic department. Courses offered with third-party providers are not degree-eligible.