10 Things You Need to Know About Freedom Schools
CDF Freedom Schools program sites are safe and restorative learning spaces where:
1. Children are surrounded by caring adults and college age young adults from their community. At a classroom ratio of 1:10, young adults share their enthusiasm for learning and reading, and commit to serving them as authentic mentors.
2. Scholars read high quality books. Books not only high quality they are also fun. Children are engaged in learning activities that are appropriate to their developmental needs and interests.
3. Each day begins with “Harambee!” Harambee is a 30-minute activity to celebrate and affirm the value of each participant and prepare for work and learning ahead
4. Scholars are given nutritious food daily. Children receive two nutritious meals and a healthy snack each day in the summer model and nutritious snacks during the after-school program.
5. Parents are engaged as site volunteers and participate in weekly workshops. Freedom School staff and volunteers encourage parents to focus on children’s developmental needs, civic responsibility, and other topics of interest.
6. Children are encouraged and supported to dream, set goals for themselves, and cultivate positive attitudes and high expectations. Freedom Schools is designed to foster individual growth and self-discovery for every child in the program.
7. Scholars take time to learn about themselves. Young people whose lives have been interrupted and impacted by crises receive consistent, daily service to better understand themselves, their situations, each other, and their potential.
8. Families have access to free and high quality childcare. Local health care providers provide free mobile clinics for all scholars and their siblings.
9. Freedom Schools continues to grow! Since 1995, more than 100,000 K-12 children have had a CDF Freedom Schools experience and more than 13,000 college students and young adult staff have been trained to deliver this empowering model.
10. You can donate to your communities Freedom Schools right here! Your contribution will help ensure that Children’s Defense Fund continues to provide and strong and independent voice for ALL children in America in 2014 and beyond. Please make checks out to All People CDF Freedom Schools. Click here to donate.