Our Impact

The CDF Freedom Schools® program provides summer and after-school enrichment through a research based and multicultural curriculum that supports children and families through five essential components: high-quality literacy and character building enrichment; parent and family involvement; civic engagement and social action; intergenerational servant leadership development; and nutrition and health.

In partnership with community based organizations, faith based institutions, schools, colleges and universities, juvenile detention centers, and municipalities, the CDF Freedom Schools program boosts student motivation to read, generates positive attitudes towards learning, and connects the needs of children and families to the resources in their communities.

The model incorporates the totality of CDF’s mission by fostering environments that support children and young adults 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.

Source: The Children’s Defense Fund Fact Sheet 2018