Children's Defense Fund Freedom Schools® Program in Minnesota

The Children's Defense Fund Freedom Schools® program provides comprehensive, culturally-relevant summer and after-school enrichment to children in high-poverty areas. The 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. The CDF Freedom Schools program is proven to curb summer learning loss and help close the opportunity gap. Rooted in the 1964 Mississippi Freedom Summer and the Civil Rights Movement, with a transformative vision of education for all children, the program is a key part of our work to level the playing field for all children.

Since 1995, more than 137,000 preK-12 children have had a CDF Freedom Schools experience and more than 16,000 college students and young adult staff have been trained by CDF to deliver this empowering model.

The CDF Freedom Schools program is now accepting applications for our 2018 sponsors. Please complete this printable application or apply online.

American Indian-Focused Pilot Program

In partnership with the Minneapolis Public Schools Community Education, OIC, and the Division of Indian Work, Children's Defense Fund-Minnesota leads the nation’s first American Indian-focused CDF Freedom Schools program. During the summer of 2017, the program served scholars at Sanford Middle School.


For more information about the CDF Freedom Schools program in Minnesota,
please contact:

Nicole Hernandez
Youth Development Director
(651) 855-1174

For more information about the CDF Freedom Schools program across the country,
please visit our national office website.