Pilot program helps build literacy skills of children affected by the criminal justice system

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The past 18 months a pilot project, which has been funded by the University of Wisconsin system has been working to engage children and families affected by the criminal justice system. The project helps with a variety of literacy activities all while developing a language-rich learning space at county jails. 

The project was initially funded in July of 2017 with $200,000 and utilized UW resources. Recently, a second round of funding was announced and will allow the program to continue. 

The Literacy Link project builds the reading, speaking, and listening abilities of young children in families throughout the criminal justice system. The program has worked closely with county jails to remake physical spaces so environments can nurture literacy during jail visits. 

The original pilot counties included Dane, Racine, Pepin and Buffalo. It has expanded to now include Bayfield and Ashland counties as well. 

For more information on the Literacy Link project contact Mary Wood at mary.campbellwood@wisc.edu

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