One in seven Dane County adults struggles with low literacy

That’s 55,000 people.

When it was founded in 1974, Literacy Network comprised of just 12 volunteers and 12 students, studying in basement of a local church. Today, Literacy Network serves over 1,000 Dane County residents every year, with a staff of 18 and over 900 volunteers. In over 30 locations across the county, Literacy Network offers literacy programming for low-income adults whose needs and goals reflect the breadth of our community.

For some learners in our program, their goals are to strengthen their literacy skills to advance or get a new job. For others, their aim is to help their kids succeed in school. Others, still, are working toward obtaining their GED or other degree, but are hindered by challenges in studying, reading comprehension, or computers.

Literacy Network offers literacy education in classroom and tutoring settings – we work to personalize the learning experience for everyone we serve, helping them best reach their goals. Our strengths as an organization include the high level of expertise of our staff, strategic partnerships with Dane County nonprofits and companies, and the enduring support of the over 800 individuals, corporations, foundations, and grant-making agencies who donate to support our programs each year.

Partnership is key to success

Partner agencies offer space and support so that programs can occur in the neighborhood where adult learners live.  Cutting down on transportation time to and from can greatly impact a learner’s life.

Donors make it all possible

Individuals, corporations, grants and foundations ensure that programs can be offered throughout our community.