Education

We collaborate with students, parents, and stakeholder organizations to make sure schools have sufficient resources and that resources for education are not pitted against other essentials, such as health and wellbeing, to ensure every student has what they need to succeed. We also work with community partners to ensure more Texas children have access to quality out-of-school time enriching and learning opportunities through our CDF Freedom Schools program.

CDF Freedom Schools® in Texas

CDF Freedom Schools® are implemented in partnership with community based organizations, places of worship, schools, colleges and universities. Each program site is led by a Project Director, Site Director, and college-aged Servant Leader Interns all trained by CDF to deliver the integrated reading curriculum (IRC) and to provide supervision and administrative oversight. This intergenerational leadership team comes together to provide a safe and restorative learning space where children are inspired to become lifelong learners and motivated to make a difference in their community. 

Learn more about the CDF Freedom Schools program.

Latest News & National Resources

 Latest News

 National Resources

CDF-Texas Statement in Response to Tax Cuts Passed by the Texas House
April 28, 2015, Children's Defense Fund-Texas

Child advocacy group calls for state to increase funding for pre-k
September 23, 2014, Austin American Statesman

How to Get Kids to Class
August 25, 2014, New York Times

Alief ISD preps families for return to school
August 2, 2014, Houston Chronicle

SW Houston back-to-school fairs focus on health care
August 2, 2014, Houston Chronicle

National Education Data
Data & Resources

Publications relevant to education

About CDFTX 2015
We are the Texas state office of the Children's Defense Fund. CDF is a nonprofit advocacy organization that has worked relentlessly for over 40 years to ensure a level playing field for all children.
March 19, 2015

About CDF-TX 6.30.2014
About CDF-Texas: Children's Defense Fund (CDF) is a nonprofit advocacy organization that has worked relentlessly for 40 years to ensure a level playing field for all children. We champion policies and programs that lift children out of poverty; protect them from abuse and neglect; and ensure their access to healthcare, quality education and a moral and spiritual foundation.
June 30, 2014

CDF 2014-ALF Report Update, Research Supplement
Dismantling the Cradle to Prison Pipeline® in Houston and Texas. A Study of Solutions: 2009 Report of the American Leadership Forum Class XXV. 2014 Report Update Researched and prepared by Children’s Defense Fund-Texas
January 1, 2014

School-Based Health Centers and Academic Success
Overview of research showing the correlation between schools that have school-based health centers and the academic success of their students.
March 1, 2011

Dismantling the Cradle to Prison Pipeline® in Houston and Texas
Dismantling the Cradle to Prison Pipeline in Houston and Texas
July 1, 2009