Education Programs

The Boston Fed has long been a source of quality economic and financial education programs for students in middle school and above, and for a variety of adult audiences including teachers, business groups and community organizations.  In 2013 we started thinking about how we could increase the impact and reach of our education efforts, and consequently, we decided to shift our focus from emphasizing knowledge gain to influencing positive changes in financial behavior. As a result, the Bank is transitioning away from "live" programs for students and other visitors and will not be offering them after October 31, 2014.

While we develop new activities to support our refined mission of strengthening the financial stability of households in New England by building the financial capabilities of its low- and moderate-income residents, we continue to offer our most popular economic education programs on Tuesdays and Thursdays through August 28, and thereafter on Tuesdays only through the end of October.  Information on our new initiatives will be announced on this website going forward.

Educational Programs Offered:

  • Currency and Counterfeits (Grades 5-12, Adult)
    This program describes the production, distribution, and anti-counterfeiting security features of U.S. currency.  The program compares images of genuine currency with examples of counterfeit money, and outlines the history of paper money in the U.S.
  • Federal Reserve System Overview (Grades 9-12, College, Adult)
    This program addresses why the Federal Reserve was established, and describes the Fed’s structure and its responsibilities as the central bank of the U.S. The Federal Reserve sets monetary policy, serves as a supervisor for the banking system, and provides a variety of financial services to the Federal government and depository institutions.
  • New England Economic Adventure (Grades 6-12, Adult)
    This interactive theater experience promotes understanding of key economic concepts—including standard of living, productivity and entrepreneurship—using examples from New England's economic history.

Scheduling a Program

  • If you would like to schedule a program, please contact us at (617) 973-3464 or e-mail us. We can accommodate groups of up to 40 people.
  • Use this spreadsheet excel to supply each visitor’s first name, last name, and school/group name. (The Bank will fill in the rest of the information.)  Please submit this spreadsheet by e-mail at least two weeks before your visit to the Bank. Your scheduled program will be cancelled if the Bank does not receive this visitor list.
  • Adults (including college students) must show a valid government-issued photo ID to enter the Bank. A valid ID is a driver’s license or passport, not a college or work ID.
  • Only teachers and chaperones are required to show valid government-issued ID when the group consists of high school or middle school students.
  • On Tuesdays and Thursdays through August 2014, programs may be scheduled starting at 9:30 A.M. From September through October 2014, programs will be offered on Tuesdays only.
  • Groups are allowed to enter the building 15 minutes before their scheduled program to go through security.  You walk through the metal detector. Bags, phones, etc. are X-rayed.
  • If a group arrives more than 15 minutes late, the group’s program may be cancelled at the discretion of the Bank.
  • Please notify us in advance if a member of your group has special needs.  The Bank has assistive listening devices for the hearing impaired and is fully wheelchair accessible.
  • Public parking is not available at the Bank.  Directions to the Bank, as well as a list of nearby public parking facilities, are available online.  Directions to the Bank can also be obtained by calling (617) 973-FIND.
  • Public transportation to the Bank is very convenient.  The Bank is located directly across the street from South Station (MBTA Red Line, commuter rail, and bus terminal).  For more information, call the MBTA at (800) 392-6100 or visit the MBTA's web site. offsite

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