OUR STORY

The Intergenerational Literacy Program (ILP) was begun in 1989 in Chelsea, MA by Dr. Jeanne R. Paratore, Professor of Education at Boston University. The program was developed to achieve three goals:

1. Improve the English literacy of parents.
2. Support the literacy development and academic success of their children.
3. Conduct research on the effectiveness of an intergenerational approach to literacy.


Longitudinal studies of ILP children demonstrated continued high academic achievement. Children who were studied 10 years after their parents participated in ILP showed higher attendance rates, higher promotion rates, and higher high school graduation rates that their non-ILP peers.

Since 1989, the ILP has offered literacy instruction to parents and their children, but the program has expanded in recent years. In 2009, the ILP expanded to offer an ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) level 1 class and a Spanish language high school equivalency preparation course. In 2012, the program also added adult basic education in Spanish, ESOL levels 2 and 3, and additional Spanish high school equivalency and courses. In 2015, the ILP expanded further to include high school equivalency classes in English and Spanish and ESOL instruction to meet the needs of out-of-school youth, most of whom have recently arrived in the U.S.

ILP IS JUST THE JOB FOR ME

What brings us to the ILP? 

KIMBERLY

Education and Career Advisor, ESOL Family Literacy Instructor

Teaching is my 'calling'; it is what I was meant to do.

CAROL

ABE Instructor

When I was given the opportunity to teach at the ILP I could not pass it up because I am an ILP kid and my mother was an ILP learner! Teaching at the ILP has changed my life! My learners' perseverance and enthusiasm for learning, even after long work days and family commitments, is truly contagious. Their success is my success. I am so grateful for each and every one of my learners and the lessons that they have taught me. They have truly made my experience as an ILP teacher that much more meaningful.

ELIZABETH

HSE Instructor

The desire to help others to fulfill their dreams to become better parents, partners and citizens.  ILP is the key  to open doors  right now and I am blessed to lead many  in that path of success.

ELIZABETH

HSE Instructor

The desire to help others to fulfill their dreams to become better parents, partners and citizens.  ILP is the key  to open doors  right now and I am blessed to lead many  in that path of success.

ELIZABETH

Jr Children's Instructor

JOSE

JANE

Family Literacy Instructor,

ESOL Instructor

I was drawn to the ILP because of my lifelong love of language and my desire to make a positive impact in my community.

KARLA

Senior Clerk

I feel like we make a difference in

our Learners' lives.  

KIMBERLY

ESOL Family Literacy Instructor,

English HiSet Instructor

Teaching is my 'calling'; it is what I was meant to do.

LENA

Technology Manager, 

Distance Learning Instructor,

ESOL Family Literacy Instructor

I strive to strengthen and equalize - both myself and others, through myself and others.

MIRANDA

Education and Career Advisor,

ESOL Instructor

A love for language learning brings me to the ILP.

MONICA

HSE Instructor

I work at ILP, because I feel a great passion for teaching. I am motivated to see the immense transforming capacity of education in the students' lives and to be able to be part of that change in their lives for the achievement of their goals.

PRISCILLA

Education and Career Advisor, 

ESOL Family Literacy Instructor, HSE Instructor

Porque vale la pena- It's worth it! My immigrant parents taught me the value of perseverance.  They helped me reach goals they couldn't imagine for themselves. My dream today is to see other immigrant families' dreams come true. I aspire to be as resilient as our learners. They are my role models and it brings me so much joy to celebrate their success!  

STEPHEN

ESOL Instructor

The ILP is 100% dedicated to the success of its participants, and I want to be a part of that effort by offering whatever I can. The learners and instructors at the ILP are truly wonderful people, and I'm happy I can work with them.

YANEPSI

ESOL Instructor

I love working at the ILP because I have met so many hard working families who remind me of my family. It is inspiring to see the commitment that our community has to improve their lives. It is an honor to be part of their journey!

MAUREEN

ESOL Instructor

My Hyundai Elantra brings me to the ILP. 

BARBARA KROL-SINCLAIR

Director

I fell into teaching, fell into literacy, fell into adult education, and fell into family literacy. I came here a lifetime ago, expecting to stay at the ILP for a year. This program is my passion and my other family.

AMERICA

Jr. Children's Instructor

Barbara, she is my inspiration. ILP is one of the ways to help the community which needs our help more than ever.

CARMEN L.

Sr. Children's Instructor

I came to the ILP as a Chelsea resident looking to use my skills to support families and children in developing life long learning.  

Address

99 Hawthorn Street, Chelsea, MA 02150, USA

Contact

(617) 466-5154

©2018 INTERGENERATIONAL LITERACY PROGRAM.