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Join us for Keynote Speaker Jonah Edelman - September 18, 2014!


I would personally like to invite you to our Saving Kansas City's Six Child Benefit Luncheon scheduled for Thursday September 18 at the Westin Crown Center Hotel, located at 1 East Pershing Road in Kansas City, MO 64108.  Tickets are $75 per person or you may purchase a table for 10 for $750.  All proceeds are tax deductible as we are a 501c3 organization.  The time is 11:00 am.  I Look forward to seeing you there! 

To purchase your tickets you may simply click on the Donate tab at the top of the page or you may call 816.483.3717 ext. 10 for more information.  Help us celebrate 20 years of providing high quality summer enrichment to the greater Kansas City metropolitan area!

Freedom Schools started in Kansas City the summer of 1995 and since then we have served more than 20,000 scholars and their families.  We have employed some 2500 Servant Leader Interns and we continue to make a difference in the lives of our scholars and their families, Interns, and the community as a whole.  Your support enables us to continue this great work of making a difference one child at a time.


  • 18th - Annual Saving Kansas City's Sixth Child Benefit Luncheon
  • 30th - Deadline to sign up for the Saturday Reading Academy 
  • 4th - Saturday Reading Academy First Day
  • 10th - Application to be a Freedom School 2015 deadline
  • 27th - Thanksgiving Day Observation
  • 29th - No Saturday Reading Academy
  • 13th - Final Day of Saturday Academy (Fall Semester)
  • 25th - Merry Christmas

Kansas City Freedom Schools Initiative


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 2014-15!
Scholars are accepted on a first come first served basis.
Please call 816-483-3717 ext 12 with any questions.
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Overview of Freedom School
Kauffman Foundation FreedomSchool Discovery Day 2008

KC Freedomschool
Promotion Video 2013



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