CDF Freedom Schools – Washington, D.C.

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In response of COVID-19, CDF Freedom Schools will offer free online after-school programming to D.C. CDF Freedom Schools students and families.

Through the CDF Freedom Schools model, we empower youth to excel and believe in their ability to make a difference in themselves, their families, communities, country and world with hope, education and action.

The CDF Freedom Schools program enhances children’s motivation to read and makes them feel good about learning by exposing them to a research-based curriculum featuring culturally relevant books. At the same time, the program connects families to the right resources in their communities. What sets the CDF Freedom Schools program apart is a focus on enriching the whole child, meaning students and families enrolled in our programming will have access to:

  • High quality academic enrichment through our research-based, multicultural social justice and conflict-resolution curriculum known as the Integrated Reading Curriculum (IRC).
  • Parent and family development through weekly parent meetings, frequent family check-ins, engagement opportunities, competitions, and more!
  • Civic engagement and social action through lessons about social action and participation in our National Day of Social Action (NDSA) during which all CDF Freedom Schools students nationwide participate in a collective action to bring about social change.
  • Nutrition, health and mental health through sharing knowledge and resources for accessing food, mental health care and other basic needs.

For more information or questions, please contact Joy Masha, Program Administrator at jmasha@childrensdefense.org​.

Measuring Success

FY19 surveys of Freedom School scholars  found that 65% of scholars liked to read, 81% liked talking about what they read, 86% reported they read many different kinds of books, 100% reported wanting to go to college, 98% reported they can achieve their goals, and 89% reported they believed they can make a difference.

Behavioral benchmarks:
77% of scholars reported they were willing to listen to different opinions.
68% of scholars reported standing up for what they think is fair.
63% of scholars reported that they can solve problems without yelling at others.
68% of scholars reported that they know how to solve arguments without fighting.
79% of scholars reported knowing how to cooperate to solve problems

CDF utilized the Houghton Mifflin Harcourt’s Reading Inventory to measure scholars’ reading achievement during summer CDF Freedom Schools program.  We found that 76.7% of scholars did not experience summer learning loss.

While currently at a 60% parent participation rate, we are striving to increase this number by soliciting different workshop topic ideas that resonate with the needs of the community.