Out-of-School Learning Time and Enrichment

Out-of-school learning and enrichment programs improve academic performance, keep children safe, reduce juvenile delinquency, and help working parents.

The Children's Defense Fund Freedom Schools® program seeks to build strong, literate and empowered children prepared to make a difference in themselves, their families, communities, nation and world today. The comprehensive, culturally-relevant summer and after-school program helps children fall in love with reading, increases their self-esteem, generates more positive attitudes toward learning and connects their families with needed resources in the community. In the summer of 2015 there were 12 CDF Freedom Schools sites in Minnesota, including one operated in a juvenile justice system setting. Thirteen other CDF Freedom Schools sites operate out of juvenile justice facilities in California, Maryland, Ohio and Texas. Juvenile corrections staff noted the benefits of the program for youths, who were able to express themselves and feel successful in the CDF Freedom Schools environment. CDF Freedom Schools programs in juvenile justice settings give students access to quality enrichment programs and a chance for positive rehabilitation. Children’s Defense Fund-Minnesota supports out-of-school learning and enrichment programs for all children, including youth in juvenile justice facilities.

Learn more about the CDF Freedom Schools program in Minnesota.