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I would like to personally thank our parents and scholars for another successful Freedom School summer! If it were not for you we would have no need to be in existance.  

A special Thank You to our Event Chairpersons, Gary and Debby Ballard for their hard work in making this years event a huge success!  As well as the entire fundraising committee, you Rock!

Also, a special thank you to our partners this summer:
The Children's Defense Fund Freedom Schools
KC Public Schools
Local Investment Commission
Jackson County Family Court
Unified Government of Wyandotte County, Kansas
Arts Tech

Contributions and donations this year helped the Freedom Schools provide intensive reading and literacy through intentional teaching techniques to more than 450 scholars (Pre-K thorugh 8th Grades) in Kansas City, MO and Kansas City, KS.  We served approximately 200 Pre-K scholars at three different locations in Missouri and helped to prepare them for their first year of kindergarten.  We we able to serve 100 (K-8th) graders in Kansas City, KS.  We assisted close to 50 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 help with the improvement of more than 90% of the scholars assessed served in reading, literacy, comprehension and vocabulary!  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.  As you can see, your dollar goes a long way in the effort to build strong and healthy little people who will one day grow up to be big people in our communities.  

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



  • 10th - First Day of Saturday Reading Academy (Second Semester)
  • 13th - Deadline to identify a Project Director for the summer Freedom Schools program
  • 19th - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day observed
  • 14th - Valentines Day!
  • 16th - Presidents Day observed
  • 08th - Daylight Savings Time begins
  • 14th - Last Day of Saturday Reading Academy
  • 13th - Final Day of Saturday Academy (Fall Semester)
  • 25th - Merry Christmas

       Kansas City Freedom Schools Initiative
From All of us: Board and Staff of the Kansas City Freedom Schools Initiative, we wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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

Enrollment is open for the Saturday Reading Academy 2015!
Scholars are accepted on a first come first served basis.
Please call 816-483-3717 ext 12 with any questions.
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