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Educational Development Group Inc.

 434 Massachusetts Avenue, Suite G-1
 Boston, MA 02118
[P] (617) 357-5717
[F] --
[email protected]
Frances Laroche
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EIN 22-3092859

LAST UPDATED: 01/27/2019
Organization DBA --
Former Names --
Organization received a competitive grant from the Boston Foundation in the past five years No



Mission StatementMORE »

EDG's mission is to prepare new immigrants with the language and cultural skills they need to access educational and employment opportunities that will give them the tools for economic self-sufficiency and the ability to participate in their communities. To fulfill its mission, EDG has made delivery of effective, relevant, and innovative English instruction along with wraparound integration services the cornerstone of its programs.

Mission Statement

EDG's mission is to prepare new immigrants with the language and cultural skills they need to access educational and employment opportunities that will give them the tools for economic self-sufficiency and the ability to participate in their communities. To fulfill its mission, EDG has made delivery of effective, relevant, and innovative English instruction along with wraparound integration services the cornerstone of its programs.

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2019 to Dec 31, 2019
Projected Income $219,925.00
Projected Expense $219,925.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Accelerated English Plus

Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2016 (%)

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Mission Statement

EDG's mission is to prepare new immigrants with the language and cultural skills they need to access educational and employment opportunities that will give them the tools for economic self-sufficiency and the ability to participate in their communities. To fulfill its mission, EDG has made delivery of effective, relevant, and innovative English instruction along with wraparound integration services the cornerstone of its programs.

Background Statement

EDG is a small non-profit organization located in the Lower Roxbury/South End neighborhood of Boston. The organization has over 28 years of experience and expertise running ESOL programs. From October 1989 to August 2005, we ran a multi-level ESOL program – beginner, advanced beginner, intermediate and advanced – coupled with citizenship, computer training, job advancement, financial literacy and GED classes.

In 2005, EDG’s experienced multilingual ESOL teachers spent one year evaluating our past performance, researching best ESOL practices, and investigating Boston area ESOL needs and the services offered at other programs with the goal of creating a new ESOL model that would respond with more efficacy to the needs of newly arrived immigrants.  The result was a unique pilot program launched in 2006 called Accelerated English Plus (AEP). We started with a vision that an intensive, full-time English immersion program would give new immigrants the tools to integrate and succeed in their adopted country. Although new immigrants represent the fastest growing population in Massachusetts, EDG is one of the few programs that address these newcomers’ needs for faster language acquisition and smoother integration by offering intensive services.

In July 2012 EDG was awarded a Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) grant to offer a 37-week beginner ESOL class to serve immigrants in the South End and Roxbury neighborhoods of Boston.  DESE has 6 performance standards by which it evaluates the quality of its education programs. EDG has consistently been in the first tier of all DESE funded adult education programs.

In August 2018, EDG, in collaboration with Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center and Bunker Hill Community College, was awarded another DESE grant for the next five years. We now teach three levels of ESOL: Low Beginner, High Beginner and Intermediate. Partnerships with workforce development organizations allow us to help new immigrants in their goal of finding jobs. We have a special collaboration with 3 career centers – Jewish Vocational Services (JVS), Career Link, and Career Collaborative. EDG takes students to visit these career centers and their staff come to EDG to provide orientation services. We refer students to JVS’s training programs.

EDG is unique in addressing the needs of immigrants in the following ways:

  •Intensity: In a 12 week period, EDG students receive 192-240 hours of instruction, while our peer organizations only provided 60-96 hours.

  •We target newly arrived immigrants. A majority of our students are young adults aged 18 to 34. No other organization specializes in services to newly arrived immigrants.

  •Small classes: 12-14 students per class.

Impact Statement

1. In 2018, 60%  of EDG students had a significant learning gain in only 12 weeks.
2. 28 EDG 2011-2018 graduates went on to college or training programs: 19 have graduated and the remaining 16 are still enrolled.
3. Thirty-nine 2018 graduates have found jobs.
EDG’s long-term goal is to contribute to building a community where immigrants are welcomed and provided with resettlement services so they will participate in civic affairs and add to vibrant multicultural communities where people of different backgrounds contribute to the future of the Boston area.

Needs Statement

1.   Salaries and Benefits for Instructional, Professional and Support Staff and Consultants to provide 3 levels of ESOL classes and counseling services: $164,790

2.  Volunteer Training and Coordination: $13,000

4. Operational support. EDG is centrally located in the South End/Lower Roxbury neighborhood of Boston. This location is great for students who come from different Boston neighborhood and surrounding communities. However our rent is very high. Rent and occupancy costs: $41,000

CEO Statement

Boston continues to be a hub for new immigrants.  According to the BPDA 13,896 immigrants moved to Boston between 2013 and 2017 (Boston At A Glance -2019).

  Border walls, detention centers, children torn from their parents, tear gas fired at asylum-seekers, travel bans, round-ups and deportations – these are the headlines that have dominated immigration news in 2018. In contrast to the relentless stream of news articles that try to rob immigrants of their dreams and hopes, EDG's goal is to nurture those dreams of a better life by providing the ESOL classes plus the integration and support and orientation services new immigrants need.
Boston immigrants come from all over the world and contribute significantly to our culture and economy yet we provide minimal support. EDG works to bridge this gap by helping new immigrants overcome the stress of moving to a new country while learning the necessary English language skills.  For 12 weeks and 16/20 hours/week our students’ “job” is to learn English.  EDG’s classes are small – 12 to 15 students per teacher and we make extensive use of mentors from area colleges.

EDG's staff welcomes the opportunity and challenge of bringing a diverse group of students together and giving them the communication skills, cross-cultural perspectives, and knowledge of the resources available so they can contribute their talents, energy, and dreams to the Boston area. 

EDG succeeds when our graduates accomplish their dreams and goals. "EDG was my first big beginning in this country …Now I work as a Patient Care Technician and one year ago I became a homeowner” Morena Velasquez an EDG graduate from El Salvador.

Board Chair Statement

EDG provides a vital function by focusing on recent immigrants who are not yet employed, or are underemployed, and offering a program where the experience is intensive enough to make significant improvements in students' language abilities.

The program assists students in adapting and integrating into their new communities much quicker than they would be able to do without the intensive language classes, assistance in understanding and accessing community resources, and support in maneuvering in a new world.

It is exciting to be a part of a program that provides such opportunities.

Geographic Area Served

Greater Boston

Organization Categories

  1. Education - Adult Education
  2. Employment - Employment Preparation & Procurement
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Independent research has been conducted on this organization's theory of change or on the effectiveness of this organization's program(s)



Accelerated English Plus

In 2006, EDG launched Accelerated English Plus (AEP). The program now offers 3 intensive ESOL classes: Low beginner, High Beginner and Intermediate.

We construct our school environment to support learning and to mitigate factors that impede it, such as fear, anxiety, lack of motivation, and poor self-image. Morning classroom activities concentrate on English instruction while afternoon immersion activities strengthen listening and speaking skills through games, karaoke and small group conversations.
Our pro-active and personal support helps students navigate the educational, housing, and job systems of their new country. EDG’s intermediate class focuses on developing skills for continuing education and job promotions including: reading comprehension, note taking, writing summaries, improving pronunciation and oral presentations.

One of EDG’s 2018/2019 goals is to to incorporate using more technology including Google Docs and Google Classroom. In the past students got binders and CD’s with recorded vocabulary lessons and conversations. All of that is now cloud based and students access it on tablets, EDG computers, and their own smart phones. Proficiency in using cloud services is a useful skill for EDG students since college courses and job-training programs expect students to access course materials and instruction through cloud platforms.

Budget  219,925
Category  Education, General/Other Adult Education
Population Served Immigrant, Newcomers, Refugees
Program Short-Term Success 

1) 75% of students should increase their SPL score by 33 points or more. We administer the Best Plus Test before and after each 10-week session.

2) At least 90% of students should complete each session.

3) Students should attend 80% or more of scheduled classes.

Program Long-Term Success 

85% of our students should be employed 1 year after graduation and should have taken steps toward achieving long-term goals. We are proud of the many students we have referred to area colleges and our goal is to provide continuing support so 100% of them until they graduate.

Program Success Monitored By 

Attendance is recorded daily.

Learner Gains are measured by the standardized BEST Plus test administered at the beginning and end of each session.

Counseling and job placement are tracked by recording the number of job applications completed, students who got jobs, graduates who enroll and complete advanced ESOL or training programs, and the number of graduates who attend and complete college programs.

Examples of Program Success 

Helping graduates take the next step toward accomplishing their goals continues to be our proudest accomplishment. Here are some examples:

•Kimberly Somexant and Morena Velasquez Rubio, two 2018 EDG graduates enrolled in Bunker Hill Community College this past September (2018).

*Sandrine Bekende was 24 years old when she came to Boston from Cameroon. Three months later she came to EDG where she completed the beginner and intermediate ESOL classes. In September 2015 she enrolled in Bunker Hill where she is studying nursing.

•Selamawit Kiros was an 18 year-old immigrant from Ethiopia when she enrolled at EDG in 2012. She got an associate degree in Computer Science from Mass Bay College in 2016 and is now at UMass Lowell pursuing a degree in mechanical engineering.

•Daphne Ribou graduated EDG in 2009, and from Bunker Hill in 2013. She fulfilled her goal of becoming a nurse in 2016.

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

1.     To meet the challenge of adequate funding EDG applied for and was awarded a 5 year grant from the MA Department of Education (DESE). This 5 year grant has brought some funding stability to EDG.

2.     To meet the challenge of program development which best meets the needs of our students, EDG has hired a consultant and we are in the process of completing a 5-year strategic plan. As part of that plan we are in the process of surveying past and present students to determine what learning and counseling activities are most valuable. We will make program adjustments as needed.

3.     To meet the challenge of limited staffing EDG hires 2 coop students. One works as an administrative assistant and the other as a counselor. This is a plus since they relate well with our students many of whom are similar in age, but it creates problems because high turnover means constant training and inconsistent levels of competency.


CEO/Executive Director MS Barbara Rice
CEO Term Start Aug 2006
CEO Email [email protected]
CEO Experience Barbara Rice has been the Executive Director of EDG since 2006. Previously she served as Executive Director of The Greater Boston Hotel Employees Education Program from 2000-2004. She has taught Job Advancement and Computer courses, and helped develop a banquet skills training program for hotel workers. Barbara completed the Mass. DOE YALD Project in Theory and Practice of Adult Reading Development, and the National Center for Adult Education's Practitioner Research Group on Learning, Motivation and Retention.
Co-CEO --
Co-CEO Term Start --
Co-CEO Email --
Co-CEO Experience --

Former CEOs and Terms

Name Start End
Ms Fiona Ritchie Jan 1996 Dec 1999
Ms Kay Hagemann Sept 1991 Dec 1995

Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
Ms Frances Laroche Program Director

Frances Laroche is a Haitian immigrant who designed and developed the Accelerated English Plus program. The program is influenced by her experiences as a Haitian immigrant and by her extensive teaching background at: The Greater Boston Hotel Employees Education Program (1989-2005), the Jackson Mann Community School (1989- 1991), and the Haitian Multi-Service Center (1986-1989). Frances has a BA from the University of Massachusetts and is trained in Wilson literacy and Rassias teaching methods. Frances is fluent in Haitian Creole, French and has a reading knowledge of Spanish.


Award Awarding Organization Year
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Affiliation Year
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Member of state association of nonprofits? No
Name of state association --

External Assessments and Accreditations

External Assessment or Accreditation Year
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Boston College’s PULSE and Presidential Scholars programs provide mentor volunteers.
EDG is a member of the South End Adult Education Coalition and the Roxbury Adult Literacy Coalition.
EDG benefits from partnerships with SABES (System for Adult Basic Education), ENB (English for New Bostonians), First Literacy, and the MA Dept. of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) for professional development workshops and program evaluations.
EDG engages with the MCAD, Career Link, the Museum of Fine Arts, and the South End library to provide workshops and services for our students.
EDG collaborates with Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center and Bunker Hill Community College for ESOL class offerings

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

It is not an easy time to be an immigrant. Our students come to class with stories about being treated with suspicion and sometimes outright hostility. Luz Mejia was an EDG 2017 student. “Life has been a little crazy in this country,” she wrote in one her assignments. “Yet I have felt happy in the class (at EDG). Thanks to my teachers, to my classmates, and to the mentors who help me and have patience. In this place I have learned a little bit about people from all over the world. You are the people with whom I have shared this American dream.” It has been a challenge to make our students feel welcome and provide the emotional support that immigrants like Luz need.

Foundation Comments


Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 1
Number of Part Time Staff 4
Number of Volunteers 8
Number of Contract Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate % 65%

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 2
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 3
Caucasian: 3
Hispanic/Latino: 3
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 2
Other (if specified): Arabic
Gender Female: 8
Male: 5
Not Specified 0

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? No
Organization has Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 5
Management Succession Plan No
Business Continuity of Operations Plan No
Organization Policies And Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No
State Charitable Solicitations Permit --
State Registration Exempt

Risk Management Provisions


Reporting and Evaluations

Management Reports to Board? Yes
CEO Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Tri-Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Tri-Annually
Non Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Semi-Annually


Board Chair Atty Jessica R Thomas Esq
Board Chair Company Affiliation Community Dispute Settlement Center
Board Chair Term Jan 2015 - Dec 2020
Board Co-Chair --
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Jean Claude Antoine Boston Public Schools Voting
Arcangela Cardoso Boston Public Schools Voting
Jeff Lahens Boston World Partnerships Voting
Ann Langone Boston Public Library Voting
Lilly Marcelin Matahari Voting
Maryann Parker-O'Toole Medfield Public Library Voting
Fiona Ritchie Community Volunteer Voting
Danielle Volmar Somerville Mental Health Association --

Constituent Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Youth Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Advisory Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 5
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 4
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): 0
Gender Female: 7
Male: 2
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 4
Board Term Limits 0
Board Meeting Attendance % 61%
Written Board Selection Criteria No
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 67%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 33%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes

Standing Committees


CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments


EDG is in the last year of implementing a 5-year strategic plan (2014-2019) to continue to accomplish our goal:

Provide recent immigrants with innovative, comprehensive, and effective ESOL programming that enables them to learn English, to set their own education and employment goals, to become aware of available resources and services, and to have an increased understanding of the educational, employment, health and financial systems of their new country.

Foundation Comments



Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2016 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2014 (%)

Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2019 to Dec 31, 2019
Projected Income $219,925.00
Projected Expense $219,925.00
Form 990s

2016 EDG 990

2015 EDG 990

2014 EDG 990

2013 EDG 990

2012 EDG_990

2011 EDG_990

2010 EDG_990

2009 EDG_990

2008 EDG_990

Audit Documents

2016 Reviewed Financials

2015 Reviewed Financials

IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Total Revenue $256,809 $225,856 $199,551
Total Expenses $227,205 $220,469 $220,034

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
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Government Contributions $82,149 $87,838 $0
    Federal -- -- --
    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified $82,149 $87,838 --
Individual Contributions $166,078 $122,557 $193,531
Indirect Public Support $0 -- --
Earned Revenue $0 $15,455 $5,996
Investment Income, Net of Losses $37 -- $24
Membership Dues $0 -- --
Special Events $0 -- --
Revenue In-Kind -- -- --
Other $0 -- --

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Program Expense $178,173 $165,781 $186,984
Administration Expense $49,032 $54,688 $33,050
Fundraising Expense $0 -- --
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 1.13 1.02 0.91
Program Expense/Total Expenses 78% 75% 85%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 0% 0% 0%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Total Assets $64,945 $21,147 $15,817
Current Assets $64,945 $21,147 $11,711
Long-Term Liabilities $14,400 $0 $0
Current Liabilities $144 $350 $407
Total Net Assets $50,401 $20,797 $15,410

Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
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2nd (Source and Amount) -- --
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3rd (Source and Amount) -- --
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Financial Planning

Endowment Value --
Spending Policy Income Only
Percentage(If selected) --
Credit Line No
Reserve Fund No
How many months does reserve cover? --

Capital Campaign

Are you currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Purpose --
Campaign Goal --
Capital Campaign Dates -
Capital Campaign Raised-to-Date Amount --
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? No

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities 451.01 60.42 28.77

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 22% 0% 0%

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments


Foundation Comments

Financial summary data in charts and graphs are per the organization's IRS 990s.  Contributions from foundations and corporations are listed under individuals when the breakout was not available. 


Other Documents

No Other Documents currently available.


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