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Freedom Schools® Program

The CDF Freedom Schools program provides summer and out-of-school-time enrichment that helps children fall in love with reading, increases their self-esteem, and generates more positive attitudes toward learning.

Five essential components are at the core of CDF's model curriculum: (1) High Quality Academic Enrichment, (2) Parent and Family Involvement, (3) Civic Engagement and Social Action, (4) Intergenerational Leadership Development, and (5) Nutrition, Health and Mental Health.

How Does the Program Work?

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.  5 easy ways to get involved!

Dismantling the Cradle to Prison Pipeline: A Community Approach

For three years, CDF-Texas has also partnered with the Harris County Juvenile Probation Department to implement the CDF Freedom Schools model for incarcerated youth in its secured residential and detention facilities. After the first six weeks, the program's impact was astonishing. There was a dramatic decrease in the number of behavioral incidents reported, with more youths enthusiastic about being productive and making positive changes.

See the Program in Action!

The 2014 Summer session: June 16 - July 25, 2014.
In case you missed it, see our 2014 Summer photos on Facebook and Flickr!

CDF Freedom Schools Introductory Video