“Reaching Out” Part Six: Educating Families for Life in the States

The final installment of BU Today’sReaching Out” series focuses on the School of Education’s (SED) Intergenerational Literacy Program, an component of the long-stading collaboration between the Chelsea Public Schools and BU.

The program, which supports both children and their parents, is designed to teach English and equip families with the skills and information needed to adapt to everyday life in the United States.  It serves anywhere from 75 to 90 families at a time, and over the course of approximately 20 years has helped more than 2,400 families.  In addition to English, the program teaches things like understanding job applications, newspaper articles, citizenship materials, and financial forms. Classroom discussions also cover fire safety, crime prevention, lead paint, and even trash day.

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