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The Kellner Family Literacy Center

Since 1943, the Kellner Family Literacy Center has been transforming generations of K-12 students into effective, independent learners by applying evidence-based instruction tailored to their strengths, needs and ongoing progress. The Kellner Family Literacy Center offers comprehensive literacy and math assessment and intervention services for students in grades K-12 from public, charter or choice schools. Home-schooled children are also eligible for the intervention programs.

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Registration Summer 2023

Tuition Form Summer 2023

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Individualized literacy intervention

Our literacy program provides explicit and systematic individualized intervention plans developed from evidence-based best practices in reading for phonological awareness, phonics, vocabulary, fluency and comprehension. We also provide instruction in spelling, writing and study skills. The intervention plan addresses the strengths, needs and interests of each student and is designed to inspire self-confidence, motivation and lifelong learning.

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Individualized math intervention

Our math program provides explicit and systematic individualized instruction in basic math skills and problem solving as well as offering programs for pre-algebra, algebra, geometry and trigonometry. As in our literacy program, the math intervention plan addresses the strengths, needs and interests of each student and is designed to inspire self-confidence, motivation and lifelong learning.

ACT Prep

Individualized ACT preparation can be incorporated into the literacy and math intervention programs for the areas of reading, English, writing, and math. Students build their skills in the areas of their needs and develop the strategies necessary to perform successfully on the ACT tests. To add ACT preparation to your child’s literacy or math program, complete the standard program registration forms.


2017 Summer/Fall Student

We are so thankful! He has grown so much in his reading and writing confidence....It has been such a great experience! We are so thankful to have discovered the literacy program at Cardinal Stritch University.


Literacy Centers past client

My son is not only learning, but enjoys it.

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Ongoing assessments for individualized plans

All new students in the literacy and math programs are required to have a comprehensive literacy or math evaluation. The results from the assessments are used to develop the individualized instructional plan that reflects the student’s strengths, needs, and interests. Through ongoing assessment at the end of each semester, we are able to modify our intervention plan based on a student’s progress. Continuous monitoring also provides opportunities for family and school communication and collaboration, making it easier for students to transfer skills back to the school setting. Families receive comprehensive reports after each assessment period.

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Additional Evaluation Services

Comprehension literacy and math evaluations are also available to families who would like to know more about their children’s strengths and needs without enrolling in an intervention program. After the evaluation, a report is provided with the assessment results. Consultation is provided to assist families in understanding their children’s assessment results and the recommendations for instruction. To initiate testing, please complete the Request for Evaluation Form or call the Kellner Family Literacy Center.

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Standard Program

In the Standard literacy or math programs, students receive the initial evaluation and instruction by experienced Master Instructors with reading certification, master’s degrees, or Ph.D.’s in the areas of education, literacy, math, or special education. This is a full-tuition program.

Practicum Program

Cardinal Stritch University graduate students, teachers working on their Wisconsin reading certification, perform the initial evaluation and provide the instruction under the supervision of experienced Master Instructors and a university faculty member. Twelve 90-minute lessons are delivered during each semester. The Practicum Program is open to students who qualify for free or reduced meals according to Federal Guidelines; the tuition is substantially reduced. Openings in this program are limited to the number of graduate students enrolled in the course. This program only provides literacy intervention. Please call 414-410-4380 for more information and complete the forms below.

Location and Hours

Cardinal Stritch University
6801 N. Yates Road, Box 104
Milwaukee, WI 53217 

Phone: (414) 410-4380
Fax: (414) 410-4379


Summer 2022 Office Hours (beginning June 6, 2022):

  • Mondays and Wednesdays: 9:00 a.m. - 3 p.m.
  • Tuesdays and Thursdays: Noon - 6 p.m.

The Literacy Center is most easily accessed by entering from Port Washington Road.

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