Children's Defense Fund Freedom Schools

Mission

The mission of the Children’s Defense Fund (CDF) 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.

Program Description

"The CDF Freedom Schools® program provides summer and after-school enrichment through a research-based and multicultural program model that supports K-12 scholars and their families through five essential components: high quality academic and character-building enrichment; parent and family involvement; civic engagement and social action; intergenerational servant leadership development; and nutrition, health and mental health. The CDF Freedom Schools program incorporates the totality of CDF’s mission by fostering environments that support children and young adults (known as “scholars” in the CDF Freedom Schools program) to excel and believe in their ability to make a difference in themselves and in their families, schools, communities, country, and world with hope, education and action. By providing K-12 scholars with rich, culturally relevant pedagogy and high quality books that deepen scholars’ understanding of themselves and all they have in common with others in a multiracial, multicultural democratic society, CDF Freedom Schools programs further empowers scholars to believe in their ability and responsibility to make a difference while instilling in them a love of reading to help them avoid summer learning loss."

Type of service
Other
Other type of service

Literacy and cultural enrichment program; Emphasis on social justice and civic engagement to improve conflict-resolution, SEL, and character building skills; STEM activities with engineers and scientists of color

Year Started
1995
Headquarter Location (City, State)
Washington, DC
Subject Offered
Reading,
Other
Other subjects
Reading, language skills, interpersonal relationships
Grade Levels
Kindergarten,
1st Grade,
2nd Grade,
3rd Grade,
4th Grade,
5th Grade,
6th Grade,
7th Grade,
8th Grade,
9th Grade,
10th Grade,
11th Grade,
12th Grade
Languages Offered
English
Setting
Out of School
Delivery Mode
In-Person
Student-Tutor Ratio
1:1
Number of Sessions Per Week
5
Number of Minutes Per Session
180
Does your program engage with parents?
Yes
Family Engagement Description

CDF Freedom Schools offers parent and family development through weekly summer, and quarterly school year parent meetings, frequent family check-ins, engagement opportunities, competitions, and more.

Organization Type
Nonprofit
Customer Type
Nonprofit
Cost to District/ School/ Non-Profit
$285 per child for curriculum, training, and more for each season independently (summer vs. after-school)
Cost to Student
Free
Type of Tutor
Paraprofessional
Teacher
Volunteer
Other
Other tutor type
College Students
Contact Name
Victoria Moss, Project Manager

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