Intergenerational Literacy Program

  • Our Mission

    The Intergenerational Literacy Program (ILP) is committed to assisting learners and families in reaching their language, literacy, and career goals through education and connections with a range of support services. See available classes on ILP Program Classes. 


    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.


    Program Updates

    Congratulations to Selvin Socop Morales for winning the 2021 Ruth E. Derfler Memorial Scholarship!

  • Intergenerational Literacy Program

    Falon Eke, Director

    99 Hawthorn Street, Chelsea, MA 02150

    Phone: (617) 466-5154