Special Opportunities for Children

About the Proctor Institute CDF Freedom Schools® Program

Children ages five through 15 who have pre-registered will participate in the abbreviated CDF Freedom Schools program during the three full days of the 22nd Samuel DeWitt Proctor Institute for Child Advocacy Ministry. Please contact JWilliams@childrensdefense.org if you need to register your child/children.


Children must have pre-registered by July 1st to participate in the Proctor Institute CDF Freedom School. The is no on-site registration for children who participate in the Freedom Schools program, staff numbers are determined based on pre-registration and we will not have the capacity to serve additional children safely. Please contact JWilliams@childrensdefense.org if you need to register your child/children.

Days and Hours

The Proctor CDF Freedom School program is held on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, and begins at 8:45am and concludes at 4:00pm (this schedule is designed to enable parents or other caregivers to participate fully in the morning plenaries and in the afternoon workshops). Children are invited and encouraged to accompany their parents or caregivers to evening worship and to the closing worship service Friday morning.

Pick-up and Drop-off

Parents or other caregivers should pick-up and drop-off their children at the small white tent behind the White House. Please use the sign-in and sing-out sheet each time to help leaders track arrivals and departures.

Staying Cool

The CDF Freedom Schools program will include outdoor activities and play. As needed, the children and leaders may hold sessions in the common rooms of the White House to cool off in the air conditioning. Water will be available to the children throughout the day so they can stay hydrated. Please be sure your child has the proper sunscreen, hat and clothing for the weather. The children may have the opportunity to play in the sprinkler or enjoy other water fun, so please send them with a bathing suit and towel or an extra set of clothes each day.


The Proctor Institute CDF Freedom School site is led by Servant Leaders who are Ella Baker Trainers (EBTs). EBTs are an extension to the national staff and aid in the successful implementation of the CDF Freedom Schools program. EBTs help to facilitate training, especially on the Integrated Reading Curriculum, to Executive and Project Directors, Site Coordinators, and college-aged Servant Leader Interns. Your children will be in caring and capable hands for these rich and fun-filled days.