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Visit Dr. Steve Perry's website,the keynote speaker for this summer's "SIXTH CHILD" fundraising event.



We are underway with the Freedom School Reading and Tutoring Academy! We are providing high quality reading instruction on Saturdays and Mondays and Wednesdays at two different locations. The locations are, Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church home of the Kansas City Freedom Schools Initiative Central Office on Saturdays and we are providing afterschool tutoring at African-Centered Preparatory Academy on Monday's and Wednesdays. Applications are still available on this website if you have or know of a K-6 grader.

We will have our first parent meeting for the Saturday Tutoring Academy on January 11,2014. The meeting will begin at 9:15 am, therefore, once you drop your child off you should plan to remain with us for this very important meeting.



  • Mt. Pleasant Freedom School Parent Meeting (6/19, 6/26)
  • Mt. Pleasant Freedom School Walk-A-Thon (6/27)
  • Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church Picnic (6/28)
  • All-Site Harambee!!! (DATE COMING SOON)
  • No School (7/4)
  • Mt. Pleasant Freedom School Parent Meeting (7/10)
  • Last Day of Freedom School (7/18)
  • Freedom School Finales (DATE COMING SOON)
  • 20th Anniversary Celebration Benefit Luncheon (9/18)

       Kansas City Freedom Schools Initiative

Enrollment is open for the KCFSI Summer Program 2014! 
Scholars are accepted on a first come first served basis.  
Please call 816-483-3717 ext 12 with any questions.


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



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Overview of Freedom School
Kauffman Foundation FreedomSchool Discovery Day 2008

KC Freedomschool
Promotion Video 2013



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