The Literacy Link - How Gifts make a difference

The Literacy Link connects children and parents in justice-involved families through reading and other literacy experiences. When parents are incarcerated, children often suffer significant stress that disrupts learning and development. In collaboration with jails, libraries and other partners, the Literacy Link uses evidence-informed strategies that strengthen family bonds while boosting literacy and learning opportunities for children. Keeping kids connected to their parents and learning together can help them thrive despite the stress of being separated from their incarcerated loved one.

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Why we need your support

Your gift helps the Literacy Link provide education, support and connection for justice-involved families across Wisconsin. Through the Literacy Link, children receive videos of their parents in jail, reading books they’ve selected especially for them. Children and justice-involved parents engage in live video visits where they to read, play and learn together with books and learning materials. The Literacy Link also transforms institutional jail visiting rooms into family-and child-friendly learning spaces. Caregivers of children at home receive support and information to help them care for their children and themselves. These activities help justice-involved families stay resilient during an extremely challenging time.

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