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CONTINUING OUR COMMITMENT TO EDUCATION IN TIMES OF CRISIS

CONTINUING OUR COMMITMENT TO EDUCATION IN TIMES OF CRISIS

IBA’s commitment to high quality education for everyone has always been an organizational priority. Now more than ever, as schools operate remotely due to the pandemic, it is crucial to ensure that all students have the resources they need to thrive academically. In order to support students during this unique school year, IBA joined with other community organizations to create learning pods to...

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THIS IS IBA'S PRESCHOOL

THIS IS IBA'S PRESCHOOL

Here at IBA, education has always been one of our top priorities. IBA’s Preschool has been around for over 30 years, providing quality education in a diverse and culturally rich environment. It’s not news that this year has been tough for all, but we’re committed to ensuring our children and families have access to high quality educational opportunities despite these challenges. Since w...

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“IT ALWAYS FELT LIKE A SECOND HOME TO MY KIDS”

“IT ALWAYS FELT LIKE A SECOND HOME TO MY KIDS”

Bringing young children schooling opportunities like IBA’s Preschool has to be one of our most rewarding programs. Also true to that, helping those parents by providing a safe space for their kids, has been a goal we’ve kept throughout the years and volunteers have been a great help and support to achieve that. We got to connect with some parents from our preschool and found Brenda Salg...

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"Somos todos una gran familia"

"Somos todos una gran familia"

Durante los últimos 40 años, IBA se enorgullece de formar parte de la educación preescolar de muchos niños en el South End de Boston. Esta pandemia llegó a alterar la vida de todos, pero especialmente la de nuestros niños, que ya no podían ir a la escuela ni ver a sus amigos ni a sus maestros. A pesar de todo, nuestra escuela se aseguró de que los estudiantes terminaran su ciclo a dista...

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“IBA HAS ALWAYS MADE EVERYONE FEEL WELCOME AT SCHOOL”

“IBA HAS ALWAYS MADE EVERYONE FEEL WELCOME AT SCHOOL”

For the past 40 years, IBA has proudly been part of the preschool education of many children in the South End of Boston. The pandemic impacted everyone’s lives, but especially our children’s, who could no longer attend school or see their friends or their teachers in person. Despite these challenges, our preschool made sure that students continued to learn while staying safe. They...

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IBA PRESCHOOL, STRONG FOUNDATIONS FOR WHAT’S TO COME

IBA PRESCHOOL, STRONG FOUNDATIONS FOR WHAT’S TO COME

One of the most successful IBA programs is IBA Preschool, which has been running for over 40 years assisting the community in Boston. Like all schools, this program went from being face-to-face to virtual, but that did not stop us from having our students graduate. They truly earned it after the great effort made during all these years and we were determined to make it happen. M...

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IBA PRESCHOOL, BASES FIRMES PARA EL FUTURO

IBA PRESCHOOL, BASES FIRMES PARA EL FUTURO

Uno de los programas más exitosos de IBA es el programa IBA Preschool que lleva corriendo más de 40 años sirviendo a la comunidad en Boston. Como todas las instituciones educativas, este programa pasó de ser presencial a virtual, pero eso no nos detuvo para que nuestros alumnos se graduaran como lo merecen después del gran esfuerzo que hicieron durante todos estos años. María Mo...

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Providing Academic and Financial Empowerment Online

Providing Academic and Financial Empowerment Online

We recently checked in with Tiana Bonner, IBA's College and Financial Empowerment Program (CaFE) Director to learn more about how her team has adapted to the pandemic to continue to provide academic and financial education services to the community. Since March, the CaFE program has transitioned the High School Equivalency classes to an easy-to-use online platform. This...

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3 Tips to Empower Your Financial Future

3 Tips to Empower Your Financial Future

In today’s world, having a good handle on your finances can mean the difference between getting the best rate on a loan or feeling stuck paying extra in interest. That’s why IBA has focused on empowering the local Boston community by providing a host of financial empowerment training classes and seminars, designed to teach residents the fundamentals behind budgeting, managing their credit, even...

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They Have Your Back: Sitting Down With A Preschool Mom

They Have Your Back: Sitting Down With A Preschool Mom

We recently sat down with the Sarah, the mother of one our preschoolers, to talk about IBA's preschool. Her 3-year-old son Eric has been in IBA's Preschool for the last 9 months, and according to Sarah, has grown immeasurably. Q: How did you hear about IBA’s preschool? Sarah: I was having dinner with his dad in the area, and we just walked in, whic...

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Teaching Our Tomorrow: An Interview With IBA's Preschool Staff

Teaching Our Tomorrow: An Interview With IBA's Preschool Staff

Serving children ages 2.9-5.5, IBA’s year-round preschool was the first bilingual program in the state of Massachusetts and is one of the Massachusetts Top 21 School Readiness programs. To learn more about IBA’s Preschool Program and the core values it instills in children, we sat down with Program Manager Joanna Fuentes, who has been with IBA for 19 years, and Education Manager Valerie...

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Looking Forward to IBA's Future

Looking Forward to IBA's Future

As IBA celebrates the end of its 50th year, we are already looking to the future. We have already begun building our next half century, and we are excited to see how our community grows. From affordable housing and arts programs to support for our residents, our future is bright! By the end of this year, we will acquire, rehab, and renovate 146 units of affordable housing to add to IBA’...

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A Look Back at 2017: IBA's Impact Last Year

A Look Back at 2017: IBA's Impact Last Year

For the past 50 years, IBA has been committed to providing affordable housing and opportunities for social and economic empowerment in our community. From arts events to credit counseling, we serve our community members of all ages with the programs we offer every day. Here’s just a quick look at some of the efforts we’ve made over the past year: ...

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Inspiring Children to Become Activists: IBA's Afterschool and Summer Learning Program

Inspiring Children to Become Activists: IBA's Afterschool and Summer Learning Program

IBA’s Afterschool and Summer Learning Program is an integrated academic and arts program that help students develop language skills and self-esteem, and equips them for academic success. The focus on both academics and arts allows for the freedom to follow their own interests, while also enhancing what they’re learning in school. Our program focuses on a different theme every year, with ...

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Cultural Awareness, Community, and Diverse Classrooms: What Parents Love About IBA's Preschool

Cultural Awareness, Community, and Diverse Classrooms: What Parents Love About IBA's Preschool

As the first bilingual preschool in Massachusetts, our preschool program has been serving our community for over 40 years. A parent favorite, our program preserves students’ culture while also preparing them for school. Our bilingual program makes a big difference for parents, with our multicultural curriculum and diverse classrooms making up 38% of why parents send their kids to our pr...

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