The CDF Freedom Schools ® Program Overview. Mission of the Children’s Defense Fund. The Children’s Defense Fund Leave No Child Behind ® Mission is to ensure every child a Healthy Start , a
The Children’s Defense Fund Leave No Child Behind® Mission is to ensure every child a Healthy Start, a
Head Start, a Fair Start, a Safe Start and a Moral Start in life and successful passage to adulthood with the help of caring families and communities.
CDF provides a strong, effective and independent voice for all the children of America who cannot vote, lobby or speak for themselves. We pay particular attention to the needs of poor and minority children and those with disabilities.
Mrs. Marian Wright Edelman
MWE with Rep. Robert Clark (MS)
Health Coverage for All Children Campaign
Tax and Public Benefits Outreach
Student Poverty Reduction and Health Outreach ProgramsCradle to Prison Pipeline® CampaignBeat the Odds® Celebrations
CDF Emerging Leaders® Program
Religious Action (October Children’s Sabbath)
Young Advocacy Leadership Training (YALTSM)Program
CDF Freedom Schools® History
BCCC® meeting at the Rockefeller Foundation in Bellagio, Italy, 1990
CDF Freedom Schools® Program
The Hannah Project
I Can Make a Difference!
Week 1: In my Self
Week 2: In my Family
Week 3 : In my Community
Week 4: In my Country
Week 5: In my World
Week 6: With Hope, Education and Action
Key Program Components:
High Quality Curriculum
Intergenerational Leadership Development
Parent and Family Involvement
Civic Engagement and Social ActionNutrition, Health and Mental Health
8:00–8:30 a.m. Breakfast with Scholars and Staff8:30–9:00 a.m. Harambee!
9:00–10:30 a.m. Integrated Reading Curriculum, Pt. 1
Reading, Conflict Resolution and Social Action
10:30–10:45 a.m. Morning Break
10:45–11:45 a.m. Integrated Reading Curriculum, Pt. 2
11:45–12:00 p.m. D.E.A.R. Time
Drop Everything And Read
12:00–1:00 p.m. Lunch with Scholars and Staff
1:00–3:00 p.m. Afternoon Activities
3:00 p.m. Dismissal
3:30 p.m. Daily Debrief Meeting (Staff)
Street Clean-ups Field Trips Theatre
Performing Arts Chess Cooking
Sign Language Music Service ProjectsDance Drumming Organized SportsMulti-Media Social Action Non-Competitive Games Photography Science/Math Labs Public Speaking Storytelling Athletics Swimming Pottery Computer Lab Art
MLK Middle School
Mill Valley Middle School
State Rank: 3 out of 10
State Rank: 10 out of 10
API Score: 709 (2009)
API Score: 912 (2009)
Attainment of a high school diploma is the single most effective preventive strategy against adult poverty. Yet a significant number of students do not graduate on time with a regular diploma.
A three-year longitudinal study of the Kansas City CDF Freedom Schools initiative by the Philliber Research Associates of New York found that:
“The average scholar demonstrated a significant improvement in reading. End-of-year scores were 2.7 percentile points higher than assessments completed during the first week. Students in the comparison group did not demonstrate similar improvements.”
“Scholars appear to end the summer looking for more ways they can make a difference in their communities by helping others, including others they don't know.”
Achieve Universal Primary Education
Ensure that, by 2015, children everywhere, boys and girls alike, will be able to complete a full course of primary schooling.
(art supplies, meals, field trips, parent workshops,
enrichment, books, additional staff training)
Over a Six-Week Program:
How Might Congregations Offer Additional Support?