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50 Years On, Freedom Schools Still Teaching Most Vulnerable

Gwen Ifill’s PBS NewsHour segment: 50 Years On, Freedom Schools Still Teaching Most Vulnerable, aired Friday, August 8th. She highlights the importance of the CDF Freedom Schools® Program, which builds on the Freedom Schools of the Civil Rights Movement 50 years ago during Freedom Summer.

The CDF Freedom Schools® model incorporates the totality of the Children’s Defense Fund’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, nation, and world. 

Mapping CDF’s National Capacity and Infrastructure

The Children’s Defense Fund has developed a dynamic and diverse infrastructure across the country that reflects significant capacity to serve and advocate for children effectively. In addition to dedicated supporters active in every state, the map below includes three measures of this strength: State and Regional office presence • CDF Freedom Schools® Program in 2014 (202 total in 107 cities and 29 states) • Children’s Sabbath congregations in 2012 (47 states)

CDF's National Capacity

CDF's National Capacity Key