The Kansas City Freedom Schools Initiative is now on YouTube!  Click on the link provided below.

If you would like to make a tax deductible donation, simply scroll over the "donate" tab to make your donation online.


Thank you to all of our Freedom School supporters - without you we would not be here to support the learning of children in the KC Metro area!


Freedom School Partners:

The Children's Defense Fund Freedom Schools

KC Public Schools

Jackson COMBAT

Jackson County Family Court

Unified Government of Wyandotte County, Kansas

Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation


Onyx Development Coporation

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas City

Waddell &  Reed

Burns & McDonnell

Full Employment Council

Taliaferro & Browne


How your contributions are used
Your Contributions and donations at work in 2015 helped the Freedom Schools provide intensive reading and literacy through intentional teaching techniques to some 350 scholars (Pre-K through 10th Grades) in Kansas City, MO and Kansas City, KS.  We served 10 Pre-K scholars in KCMO; preparing them to be Kindergarten ready educationally, socially and emotionally.  We were able to serve 170 (K-10th) graders in Kansas City, Missouri and 150 in Kansas City, KS.  We assisted 35 college-age Interns with leadership development, social action, community involvement, a monetary stipend and a host of memories and experiences that will last a life-time.  

Your contributions and donations enabled us to improve the reading, comprehension and vocabulary of better than 92% of the scholars served!  At the same time, we helped each scholar build self-esteem, establish healthy relationships with their teachers and peers, strengthen social/emotional and behavior appropriate for the classroom.  

Additionally we assisted the families of these scholars with parent enrichment information to aid in assisting their scolars towards academic success.  As you can see, your dollar goes a long way in the effort to build strong and healthy young people who will one day grow up to be healthy adult people who make contributions in our communities.  

Why not make a contribution or donation NOW, to help us continue this great work! You can simply scroll up to the donate tab on this site and make your tax deductible contribution.  Thank you so very much!



The Kansas City Freedom Schools Initiative is well underway with the second semester Saturday Tutoring Academy.  Additionally we have also begun the work of afterschool tutoring at two different KCPS locations; Whittier and Garfield elementary.  We are extremely proud to be working with KCPS a long term partner to provide these services FREE of charge to children and families at these two great schools.  

We have already begun to plan for the Freedom School summer 2016!  Grants have been written and are still being written to support KCFSI in having another outstanding summer experience.  Open enrollment for the summer program (meaning application availability for the summer) will occur on March 1, 2016.  As is our practice, Freedom Schools are open to scholars and families on a first come, first servce basis with priority given to those who reside within the KCPS boundaries

Inclement Weather Policy: If the KCPS District closes schools on Friday there will not be a SRA the following day.  If schools were open on Friday and we experience snow fall or ice Friday evening or Saturday morning, a call blast will be sent out the day of no later than 8:00 am announcing that SRA has been cancelled.   

Please stay tuned to the website for more news and information regarding Freedom Schools!



  • 9th - First day of Saturday Reading (Tutoring) Academy - Second Semester
  • 18th - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Observance (Freedom School Offices Closed)
  • 19th - First Day for Afterschool Program (Whittier Elementary) - Cancelled due to inclement weather!
  • 20th - First Day of Afterschool Program (Garfield Elementary)
  • 30th - Mandatory Parent Meeting (9:05 am - 10:05 am) for SRA families - Please make plans to be in attendance!
  • Take this time during Black History Month to celebrate your heritage (whatever it may be) and learn something that you didn't know before!
  • 1st - Freedom School Summer Open Enrollment Begins!
  • 4th - Servant Leader Intern Applications available
  • 12th - Last day for SRA!
  • 15th & 16th - Last days for Tutoring (Whittier & Garfield)

  • 8th - Deadline for Servant Leader Interns to be selected for the summer
  • 15th - Get your Taxes Done!

Kansas City Freedom Schools Initiative

Freedom School is now accepting applications for the Fall Semester Saturday Reading Academy! Simply click on the Scholar Enrollment tab at the top of the page to enroll.  THE FIRST DAY OF THE SRA WILL BE OCTOBER 10TH!

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What Makes CDF Freedom Schools Different?
The CDF Freedom Schools ® concept is unique among summer enrichment programs because the mission is to create safe, nurturing educational environments that set high expectations for all children.
  • Literacy as a Lifeline Reading is at the heart of the Freedom School curriculum. During the summer session, many students fall in love with books for the first time.
  • Multigenerational Mentoring Freedom School scholars ages 5-17 are taught by college-age interns who want to improve the lives of children while enriching their own life experience. Each intern completes rigorous traning at the Children’s Defense Fund conference facility on the Alex Haley Farm in Clinton, Tennesse, and at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. Interns from around the nation have the opportunity to study the Freedom School model together.
  • Highlighting Cultural Awareness Cultural history and heritage are emphasized through the use of an Integrated Reading Curriculum that introduces students to a rich collection of culturally diverse literature. Activities and field trips also explore a variety of cultures.
  • Parenting as Learning Partners Freedom Schools recognize parents as important partners in educating their children. Parents are expected to participate in school activities and attend weekly workshops to learn more about successful parenting, setting and achieving family goals, and becoming advocates for children’s education.

Servant Leader Internship
The concept of servant leadership provides the basis for preparing college students to lead children while nurturing them both academically and emotionally. Servant Leader Interns are expected to model behavior that serves as an example of fairness, integrity, and dependability.

Each CDF Freedom School hires its own team of Servant Leader Interns who are up and coming leaders from the local community. All Servant Leader Interns must:
  • be between 19 and 30 years old
  • have at least one year of college experience
  • have a cumulative 2.5 GPA or higher

All servant leader interns receive a monetary stipend for their service and dedication.
All Servant Leader Interns are expected to demonstrate their commitment to:

  • youth leadership development,
  • social action,
  • civic engagement, and
  • youth empowerment.
Our program cultivates two generations of leadership, demonstrating to all that young people can indeed make a difference in themselves, their communities, and their world through education, hope, leadership, and social action.

Missouri Pre-K Common Core Standards
For more information, please visit the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.


Content Component

Process Standards


Symbolic Development

Represents feelings and ideas in a variety of ways

Spoken/Expressive Language

Uses language to communicate ideas, feelings, and questions or to solve problems

Listening/Receptive Language

Listens for different purposes

Written Language

Uses writing as a means of expression/communication

Knowledge of Print and Books

Applies early reading skills

Sounds of Language (Phonological Awareness)

Attends to sounds in language

Social and Emotional Development

Knowledge of Self

Exhibits self awareness

Develops self control

Develops personal responsibility

Knowledge of Others

Builds relationships of mutual trust and respect with others

Works cooperatively with children and adults

Approaches to Learning

Approaches to Learning

Shows curiosity

Takes initiative

Exhibits creativity

Shows confidence

Displays persistence

Uses problem-solving skills


Numbers and Operation

Uses numbers to show quantity

Uses language to represent number of objects

Solves problems using number

Uses numerical representation

Geometry and Spatial Sense

Investigates positions and locations

Explores shapes in the environment

Patterns and Relationships

Recognizes relationships in the environment

Uses patterns in the environment


Makes comparisons

Uses measurement

Exploring Data

Collects, organizes, and uses information


Physical Science

Explores physical properties of objects and materials

Investigates properties of objects and materials

Solves problems involving physical properties of objects and materials

Represents observations of the physical works in a variety of ways

Life Science

Explores characteristics of living things

Investigates characteristics of living things

Solves problems related to living things

Represents observations about living things in a variety of ways

Earth and Space

Explores properties of earth and space

Investigates properties of earth and space

Solves problems involving earth and space

Represents observations about earth and space in a variety of ways

Physical Development, Health and Safety

Physical Development and Coordination

Uses gross motor skills with purpose and coordination

Uses fine motor skills with purpose and control

Responds to sensory input to function in the environment


Practices healthy behaviors


Practices safe behaviors

Open Enrollment for the Freedom School summer, 2015 begins March 6!
Please call 816-483-3717 ext 12 with any questions.
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