Logistics: Proctor Institute for Child Advocacy


The Proctor Institute begins on Monday, July 18, with a pre-session for seminarians from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Registration opens at noon and lunch will be available for early arrivals. Orientation for first-time participants begins at 2 p.m., a guided walking tour of CDF Haley Farm is offered at 4 p.m., choir rehearsal for any interested singers begins at 5:15 p.m., and dinner is at 6 p.m. The formal start of the Proctor Institute is at 7 p.m. with a welcoming address by CDF President Marian Wright Edelman followed by the opening of the Great Preachers Series.


The Proctor Institute will conclude on Friday, July 22, with an 8 a.m. breakfast followed by a 9 a.m. Charge and Call to Action and a Communion Service from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. Allow at least two hours from your CDF Haley Farm departure until your flight’s departure time (this includes shuttle schedule and the recommended hour for check-in). We encourage you to schedule a flight that will allow you to remain for the closing communion service. You won’t want to miss this special culmination of the week. Please contact Ken Libby at KLibby@childrensdefense.org to provide your travel information when your plans are finalized.


If you will be flying, you should book your flight to McGhee Tyson Airport in Knoxville, Tennessee. CDF provides round-trip airport shuttle service from McGhee Tyson Airport to CDF Haley Farm for a fee of $60. If you will be driving to the Proctor Institute, you can find driving directions at www.haleyfarm.org. There is ample free parking at CDF Haley Farm.


You will need to make your own arrangements for lodging during the week. 
The recommended hotels in Clinton, Tenn. are listed below. Please call the hotel directly and indicate that you are a Proctor Institute participant. Special rates are available for reservations confirmed by July 1, 2016. A free CDF shuttle will transport participants between these hotels and CDF Haley Farm. Some participants enjoy the short walk between these hotels and Haley Farm.

  • Country Inn & Suites (865) 457-4311
  • Comfort Inn (865) 457-2255
  • Hampton Inn (865) 691-8070
  • Holiday Inn Express (865) 691-8070
  • Super 8 (865) 457-2311

CDF Freedom Schools Pre-Registration

Children must have pre-registered by July 1st to participate in the Proctor Institute CDF Freedom School. There 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. If you need to register your child or additional children please do so today by emailing JWilliams@childrensdefense.org.

Cancellation Policy

Cancellations submitted in writing, postmarked or faxed on or before June 27 will be refunded, less a $50 processing fee. Cancellations postmarked June 28–July 8 will be refunded $75. No refund of registration fee is possible for cancellations postmarked or faxed after July 8, 2016. Registrations may, however, be transferred to another name but not to another year.