Freedom Schools Summer Programs to Begin


June 11, 2012

Children's Defense Fund Freedom Schools® Programs to Begin in Ten Metro Locations

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The 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.

CHILDREN ARE TAUGHT USING A MODEL CURRICULUM THAT SUPPORTS CHILDREN AND FAMILIES AROUND FIVE ESSENTIAL COMPONENTS:

  • High-quality academic enrichment
  • Parent and family involvement
  • Civic engagement and social action
  • Intergenerational leadership development
  • Nutrition, health and mental health
  • In partnership with faith institutions, schools, colleges and universities, and community based organizations, the CDF Freedom Schools® program boosts student motivation to read, generates more positive attitudes toward learning, and connects the needs of children and families to the resources of their communities.


The CDF Freedom Schools® model incorporates the totality of the Children's Defense Fund's mission by fostering environments that support children and young adults to excel and believe in their ability to make a difference in themselves and in their families, schools, communities, nation, and world.  College age young adults are trained as servant leader interns to deliver the integrated reading curriculum (IRC) and adults are trained as site coordinators and project directors to provide supervision and administrative oversight.

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