Introducing our new President & CEO:
Rev. Dr. Starsky Wilson

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Starsky Wilson

The Children’s Defense Fund is fighting to make
sure every child in America has what they need to thrive.

The ongoing march toward education and freedom

The ongoing march toward education and freedom

The twin pillars of education and voting are as important to CDF Freedom Schools® today as they were in the summer of 1964.

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Justice for Families Impacted by COVID-19

Children and families need relief now.

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COVID-19 Resources for Families

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COVID-19 Resources for Families

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Ensure the needs of children and families are met with urgency as our nation confronts the parallel crises of systemic racism and COVID-19.


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“One ultimate goal [of CDF Freedom Schools] is for kids to actually be excited about learning and see themselves in what they learn and see the power and potential that reading has in their lives.”

—Dr. Lakia M. Scott, Executive Director, Indian Spring Middle School, CDF Freedom Schools site, Waco, TX

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