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August 20, 2012
During the summer of 2012, CDF-MN Freedom Schools® held enrichment programs at ten metro locations and served nearly 700 children, the most ever in Minnesota.
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.