About Us

The Literacy Link project is an example of how the University of Wisconsin is fulfilling its mission to develop human resources beyond the boundaries of its campuses while improving the human condition.

– Ray Cross,  Former University of Wisconsin System President

The Literacy Link is a program of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Division of Extension. We bring evidence-informed literacy and learning opportunities to young children who have a parent or caregiver involved in local correctional systems. In 2017, Extension educators in the Human Development and Relationships Institute began The Literacy Link in Buffalo, Dane, Pepin and Racine Counties. Since then, The Literacy Link has expanded into Ashland, Bayfield, Dunn, Kenosha, Milwaukee, and Chippewa Counties. With continuing support, we will expand into additional counties.

Extension educators leading the project include:

Mary Campbell Wood, Buffalo, Dunn and Pepin Counties

Katie Gellings, Green Lake County

Luisa Gerasimo, Dunn County

Tracy Henegar, Bayfield County

Cath Tease, Manitowoc County

Heidi Ungrodt, Ashland, Burnett and Sawyer Counties

Ciara Walker-Morgan, Milwaukee County

Jeanne Walsh, Chippewa County

Pam Wedig-Kirsch, Racine and Kenosha Counties