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. In summer 2015, CDF Freedom Schools sponsor partners served over 12,375 children at 189 program sites in 96 cities and 29 states including Washington, D.C.

American Indian-Focused Pilot Program

In partnership with the Minneapolis Public Schools Office of Indian Education and the Division of Indian Work, Children's Defense Fund-Minnesota is piloting the nation’s first American Indian-focused CDF Freedom Schools program. During the summer of 2015, the program served scholars K-12 at the Division of Indian Work and the American Indian Center and will provide after-school enrichment during the upcoming school year.  


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.