Florida A & M University College of Education - Developmental Research School Freedom School Program



THE FAMU College of Education - Developmental Research School (FAMU COE - DRS) Freedom School program is an approved Children’s Defense Fund (CDF) Sponsor organization, that offers a SIX-WEEK LITERACY-BASED SUMMER camp which includes carefully chosen developmentally appropriate and culturally relevant books and lessons. Learn more http://ow.ly/RvvPN .


Literacy Program for Scholars

The model curriculum supports children and families around five essential components (high-quality academic enrichment, parent and family involvement, social action and civic engagement, intergenerational servant leadership development, & nutrition, health and mental health).


Enrichment Activities

Enrichment activities are used to broaden the academic experience for students by helping to develop new skill sets and expand their development both personally and socially. 


community engagements

Partnerships with the local universities, businesses, and organizations enables our scholars to to actively engage with people from diverse backgrounds and gain a broader perspective of life.

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field trips

Field trips are an important component of the program, as they allow scholars to learn outside of the classroom bridging the gap between the curriculum and hands-on experience. Thus, they are scheduled on a weekly basis.


Parent workshops

Workshops are designed to enable parents to create/maintain healthy, happy homes and provide for an avenue to share concerns, experiences, and ideas with other parents and discuss developmental issues their children are facing. Parents are required to attend all workshops.


professional development

The CDF Freedom Schools program trains college students and recent graduates as servant leader interns to deliver the Integrated Reading Curriculum.

Professional Development is provided through the Ella Baker Child Policy Training Institute in Knoxville, TN and FAMU College of Education.


There are many ways to get involved with the FAMUDRS Freedom School!

2019 scholar application

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

Applications will be available April 22, 2019. Be sure to download the form, complete it in its entirety, and pay the $25 non-refundable fee (per child). Space is limited to 80 students only (with top priority given to current FAMU DRS students).

Volunteer opportunities

Serve as a 2019 Freedom School Volunteer (i.e. Read Aloud guest, workshop presenter, classroom assistant, etc.) and make a world of difference in the lives of our scholars. ALL volunteers (excluding Read Aloud Guest) who work directly with youth (ages under 18) must attend one of these designated Risk Management workshops and complete the background check at least one month prior to start date.

2019 sli application

Student Leader Interns (SLI)s are essential to our program because they are responsible for implementing the curriculum with fidelity, ensure the classroom environment is conducive to student learning, and must maintain the safety of students at all times.

Be sure to submit a copy of your resume and recommendation to Sheila Labissiere via email sheila.labissiere@famu.edu or INFO@famucoedrsfreedomschool.com by February 22, 2019.