History of the Literacy Centers


Since 1943, the Literacy Centers have helped more than 20,000 children improve their reading abilities. In part, we credit this success to teaching that is based on proven, research-based principles. But we also recognize that there is no one way to teach a child. So we use a thorough evaluation and continuing assessment of progress to plan for instruction designed to meet each student's needs.

Some of the Literacy Centers' historical highlights include:

  • 1943: Stritch opens a reading clinic in the basement of the education building.

  • 1956: Stritch begins a program of studies leading to one of the nation's first master's degrees in reading.

  • 1967: A separate building for the reading clinic -- one of the first of its kind in the U.S. -- opens its doors.

  • 1983: The highly successful clinic is renamed the Reading/Learning Center to acknowledge its clinical, developmental and enrichment programs.

  • 2007: The School of Urban Initiatives within the College of Education and Leadership expands its outreach to settings strategically chosen to serve the highest need neighborhoods in Milwaukee: the Urban Literacy Center at Cardinal Stritch Univeristy - City Center and the Urban Literacy Center at MPS’s Townsend Street School.

  • 2012: The Literacy Centers expand to two additional sites: Lincoln Center of the Arts on Milwaukee’s lower east side and Greentree/Teutonia Community Learning Center on the city’s north side.

  • 2013: The Literacy Center expands to Vincent High School on Milwaukee’s north side.

  • 2014: The Lincoln Center of the Arts moved to Madison High School in the Fall of 2014. A summer 4-week science and literature program began at the City Center location as a GEAR-UP site.

  • 2017: The Literacy Center in Glendale begins offering Math assessment and tutoring services for students in grades K-12. Reading assessment and tutoring is also now offered at the Leana Sommers' Youth and Teen Literacy Center at the St. Ann Center for Intergenerational Care on Vliet Street.

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