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Educational Development Group Inc.

 434 Massachusetts Avenue, Suite G-1
 Boston, MA 02118
[P] (617) 357-5717
[F] (617) 357-5718
[email protected]
Frances Laroche
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EIN 22-3092859

LAST UPDATED: 05/08/2018
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, 2018 to Dec 31, 2018
Projected Income $294,174.00
Projected Expense $294,174.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Accelerated English Plus

Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2016 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2014 (%)

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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.

Today, EDG is a resource center that facilitates the integration of recent immigrants into the Greater Boston community and helps them achieve their economic and educational goals.

Impact Statement

1. In 2017, 68%  of EDG students had a significant learning gain in only 12 weeks.
2. 26 EDG 2011-2017 graduates went on to college or training programs: 19 have graduated and the remaining 16 are still enrolled.
3. Forty 2017 graduates have found jobs.

EDG’s short term goal is to add an advanced ESOL class which will focus on access to educational and career opportunities.
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 for Instructional and Professional Staff for Accelerated English Plus Program including support for EDG to add an advanced class in Fall 2018. - $183.000

2.   Educational Career Advisor who provides educational and job counseling to the students and also supports student intake, assessment, placement and follow-up activities: $50,000

3.  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 - some 6,000 arrive in Greater Boston every year. These newcomers from all over the world 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. The program is unique because it is truly full time. For 10 weeks and 36 hours/week our beginner students’ “job” is to learn English. We use innovative teaching including exercises with props such as pictures, telephones, and scales to encourage students to talk about the items, total physical response where pantomime is used to bridge vocabulary gaps, jazz chants and karaoke which encourage students to utter words and improve their pronunciation. 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.

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


Organization Categories

  1. Education - Adult Education
  2. Employment - Employment Preparation & Procurement
  3. -

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 AEP offers 2 intensive ESOL classes and plans to add an advanced class in Fall 2018. 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.The advanced class will continue developing the skills taught at the intermediate level and focus on access to educational and employment opportunities.

Budget  199,700
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 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 in advanced ESOL or training programs, and number of graduates who attend and complete college programs.

Examples of Program Success 

Selamawit Kiros was an 18-year old immigrant from Ethiopia when she enrolled at EDG in 2012. After graduating from our intermediate class, she continued her education at Mass Bay College where she completed an associate degree in Computer Science. In 2017 she entered UMass Lowell and is pursuing a degree in mechanical engineering. 

Daphne Ribou graduated from EDG in 2009. She completed an associate’s degree at Bunker Hill in 2013, and transferred to a nursing program at Quincy Community College where she graduated in December 2016. EDG attended her pinning ceremony. She passed the Nursing Board in January 2018, and has been hired as a RN at a rehabilitation center.

Risler Jean had been in this country less than 6 months when he enrolled at EDG in 2010. Last year he graduated from UMass Lowell with a BA and is now enrolled in a master’s degree program.
Lin Guo Chen, a young Chinese immigrant, was a member of the first Accelerated English Plus class in 2007, He graduated from UMass with a degree in Biochemistry in 2012. Here is what he said about EDG:

“With a strange earache, I knew our plane had landed on America. It meant we would start life anew here. Honestly speaking, we didn’t have anything. Neither did we have car, nor did we have a house. Facing the fact, I didn’t dare to think of college, which seemed to be at the end of the rainbow. After two months and three weeks I found a school named Educational Development Group. It lit my dream of college…My teacher Frances told me a lot about U-Mass. It has brought up generations of students… I am stepping toward my dream. I know I have reached the land that promises hope.”

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.

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 2
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: 4
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 3
Caucasian: 3
Hispanic/Latino: 2
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 2
Other (if specified): Arabic
Gender Female: 9
Male: 6
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 Salinas-Thomas
Board Chair Company Affiliation Community Dispute Settlement Center
Board Chair Term Jan 2015 - Dec 2019
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 two years 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.

One of the objectives we set to meet that goal is to add an Advanced ESOL class with a focus on employment and college readiness to complement our Beginner and Intermediate levels. Fundraising continues to be a challenge. We are celebrating our 25th year as EDG and the 10th anniversary of our Accelerated English Plus program and are planning a donor appeal and fundraising event.

Foundation Comments



Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2016 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2014 (%)

Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2018 to Dec 31, 2018
Projected Income $294,174.00
Projected Expense $294,174.00
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
1st (Source and Amount) -- --
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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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