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  • Freedom School National Day of Social Action

    CDF-MN joined more than 200 CDF Freedom Schools sites in 96 cities and 29 states across the country for a National Day of Social Action. In honor of the 50th anniversary of the 1964 Freedom Summer, 7 Twin Cities sites participated in a mock rally and election – featuring “kid candidates” and special guests who educated Freedom Schools scholars on the importance of voting and working to improve the lives of children and families. Learn more.

  • Freedom Schools are in session!

    More than 1,400 scholars will attend Freedom Schools at 12 sites in the Twin Cities this summer. CDF Freedom Schools program provides summer and after-school enrichment that helps children fall in love with reading, increases their self-esteem, and generates more positive attitudes toward learning. Learn more.

  • Race for Results

    A report released April 1 by The Annie E. Casey Foundation features a new index on children's progress and shows profound barriers to success for children of color. To ensure future prosperity, our state and nation need to act urgently to position all children to thrive. Learn more.

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Report Calls for Urgent Multi-Sector Investment to Ensure All Children Succeed

April 1, 2014,
Living in a prosperous state with a relatively vibrant economy, most Minnesotans believe in ensuring all children have what they need to succeed early and often in childhood so they can become productive adults. However, a new report called Race for Results: Building a Path to Opportunity for All Children, released April 1 by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, shows Minnesota needs to make some changes and investments to ensure that all kids – especially children of color – are poised to thrive. Learn Minnesota Race for Results Index Scores and about some programs that are removing barriers to success for many Minnesota children.

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