CDF Freedom Schools – Washington, D.C.

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Enroll in CDF Freedom Schools® D.C. for Summer 2020

The CDF Freedom Schools® D.C. Program for Summer 2020 is now open – enroll your child today!

In response of COVID-19, CDF Freedom Schools will offer free online summer programing 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.

The child enrollment form for D.C. CDF Freedom Schools Summer 2020 program is now open until 11:59 p.m. July 31, 2020. For more information or questions, please contact Joy Masha, Program Administrator at​.

To register your child, please select the location program of your choice below*:

*Please try to sign up for the program in your area, especially if your child attends one of these schools. Our hope is to build community this summer, even if it is virtually, so that when things return to normal our students know their community members.

Important Dates:

Instruction Schedule (Summer 2020)

WeekdayTimeActivity TypeFormat
Monday Activity Harambee LIVE (Let’s Pull Together)
Scholars will engage in a lively community gathering
1 hour 20 minutes per student
  • Group Activity
  • One-on-One
  • Individual
Zoom Telephone
Tuesday Activity TURN UP TUESDAY
Scholars will engage in activities that build character and lift their spirits
2 hours 15 minutes per student
  • Group Activity
  • Individual
Wednesday Activity Virtual Field Trip
Scholars and families will travel to new places
1 hour 15 minutes per student
  • Group Activity
  • Individual
Thursday Activity Integrated Reading Curriculum
Scholars will be engaged in our multicultural social justice themed curriculum
2 hours 15 minutes per student
  • Group Activity
  • Individual
Friday Activity Music in the Movement
Scholars will learn about musicians and songs that have played a role in social justice movements.
1 hour 15 minutes per student
  • Group Activity
  • Individual
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Please note: This schedule is subject to change per COVID 19 federal and local guidelines.

Now hiring at CDF Freedom Schools®!

We are now hiring current college students, recent graduates, paraprofessionals, and teachers at CDF Freedom Schools in Washington, D.C. Wards 7 and 8.


Responsible for implementing the CDF Freedom Schools® Integrated Reading Curriculum (IRC) Guide and ensuring model is followed with fidelity.


Responsible for implementing the overall CDF Freedom Schools® Program model with fidelity. Must handle administrative tasks and facilitate trainings to ensure Servant Leader Interns (SLIs) are prepared to implement curriculum.


• Experience in classroom management and curriculum delivery
• Extensive professional development
• Competitive hourly pay rate


Monday – Friday 8:00 AM – 3:00 PM
DATES: June 29 – August 7, 2020

Please email your resume to Joy Masha at

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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.