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Freedom Schools 

Children's Defense Fund Freedom Schools 

A Day At Freedom Schools



• Close Achievement Gap 

• Decrease Summer Learning Loss

• Cultivate Love of Reading & Learning

• Inspire Social Action 

• Foster Appreciation of Self & Others Culture


 • Provide Support 

 • Knowledge of Resources 

 • Inspire Community Engagement 


• Build Intergenerational Leadership 

• Workforce Skill Development 

• Inspire Civic Engagement

Freedom Schools Sites

Summer 2018

Coming Soon!

Main Center
Beach Huts
Ferris Wheel
Palm Trees
City Cycle
Misty Slopes
Fire Wood
Foggy Pier
Cafe in Autumn

For 8 years, RFDC has served as a CDF Freedom Schools sponsor site in Sacramento. In 2021, we again hosted the single largest Freedom Schools site in the nation, serving 415 scholars. Freedom Schools provides a rich literacy-based learning experience that fosters an “I Can Make a Difference” attitude in the scholars we serve and the staff who facilitate. Freedom Schools uses an award-winning standards aligned Integrated Reading Curriculum to expose scholars to new concepts, ideas, and ways of looking at the world, while building their literacy, comprehension, and writing skills. Each day, Freedom Schools begins with Harambee, giving scholars the opportunity to celebrate themselves and each other while building community. Scholars then transition to Integrated Reading Curriculum, where they read specially selected books with diverse characters, that lend themselves to critical thinking and related creative activities. Scholars then participate in Afternoon Enrichments including STEM, arts, sports, life skills, cultural exploration, and more. Each week, scholars take part in social action activities and field trips that broaden their horizons and help them see the impact they have on the community and world around them. We are looking forward to bringing Freedom Schools back to Sacramento, serving 560 scholars in the summer of 2022. If you are interested in joining or supporting Freedom Schools as a funder, staff member, or scholar please contact us.

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