CDF Freedom Schools®

The CDF Freedom Schools® program provides summer and after-school enrichment that helps children fall in love with reading, increases their self-esteem, and generates more positive attitudes toward learning.

A curriculum built around five components is the core of the program:

  • High-quality academic enrichment
  • Parent and family involvement
  • Social action and civic engagement
  • Intergenerational servant leadership development
  • Nutrition and mental health

Educational Testing Service (ETS) is collaborating with Communities In Schools of New Jersey (CISNJ) on a targeted intervention — a CDF Freedom Schools program in Newark, New Jersey. This unique program, underwritten by a $77,000 grant from ETS, is designed specifically for Black boys in grades 3–8.

"This Freedom School will make a difference in the lives of young Black boys by surrounding them with a dynamic network of Black male teachers, leaders and mentors trained to engage them in a proven summer enrichment model," explains Gwendolyn Corrin, President and State Director, CISNJ.

There are currently 150 CDF Freedom Schools sites in 27 states and more than 90,000 children have had a CDF Freedom Schools experience since 1995.


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