Sponsor a Site

Getting Started

Thank you for your interest in joining the CDF Freedom Schools® family!

The curated resources below are meant to help your organization learn more about the benefits of hosting a program, as well as the application, training, fiduciary, and programmatic requirements that accepted sponsor organizations must uphold. The steps to applying are as follows:

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Step 1 – Review CDF Freedom Schools® video

CDF Freedom Schools Call to Action from Mrs. Marian Wright Edelman

Step 2 – Attend CDF Freedom Schools® Informational Meeting

The 2024-2025 CDF Freedom Schools informational meeting has ended, and the application cycle is now closed. Stay tuned for next year’s dates.

Step 3 – Submit a CDF Freedom Schools® Application

The CDF Freedom Schools application cycle is now closed. If you are interested in learning more about our program, please submit an interest form.

Step 4 – Review CDF Freedom Schools® Calendar

Abbreviated 2024 program operating calendar below

August 2023

2024 Application Release
August 7, 2023

Virtual Application Informational Session
August 24, 2023, 5:30 pm-6:30 pm ET

September 2023

No Scheduled Events

October 2023

2024 CDF Freedom Schools Sponsor Application Deadline
October 2, 2023

2024 CDF Freedom Schools Application Review & Response
Application Interviews Conducted & Final Acceptance Notifications Sent Out

January 2024

Ella Baker Child Policy Training Institute: Executive Director and Project Director Orientation & Training
January 19-21, 2024
(In person at CDF Haley Farm)

March 2024

Ella Baker Child Policy Training Institute: Site Coordinator Orientation & Training
March 21-24, 2024
(Virtual Training Session)

June 2024

Ella Baker Child Policy Training Institute: National Training for Site Coordinators and Servant Leader Interns
May 28-June 2, 2024
(In person at CDF Haley Farm)