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, 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 as a pilot program in Buffalo, Dane, Pepin and Racine Counties. In just a few months, initial results were so promising that two more counties were added, Ashland and Bayfield. Most recently, The Literacy Link expanded into Dunn and Kenosha Counties. With continuing support, we will expand into additional counties.

Extension educators leading the project include:

Liz Lexau, Statewide Coordinator,  Bayfield County

Mary Campbell Wood, Buffalo, Dunn and Pepin Counties

Heidi Ungrodt, Ashland County

Pam Wedig-Kirsch, Racine, Kenosha and Milwaukee Counties