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.


"FREEDOM RIDERS                 100" 
Support Freedom Schools in Kansas City by becoming a Freedom Rider 2015!  Your donation of $800 will support one student for the six week summer enrichment program!  Any contribution is greatly appreciated!  For more information on how you can become a Freedom Rider you may contact the Freedom School office at 816.483.3717 ext. 12.


Freedom School Partners:

The Children's Defense Fund Freedom Schools

KC Public Schools


Jackson County Family Court

Unified Government of Wyandotte County, Kansas

Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation


Jackson County COMBAT

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 85 scholars (Pre-K through 10th Grades) in Kansas City, MO.  We served approximately 10 Pre-K scholars in KCMO; preparing them to be Kindergarten ready educationally, socially and emotionally.  We were able to serve 70 (K-10th) graders in Kansas City, Missouri.  We assisted 7 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 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!



Freedom Summer 2015 was a great summer filled with field trips to the Sprint Center in partnership with the Turn the Page KC, the KC Zoo as well as an annual Walk-a-Thon, Walk for Literacy.  We again improved the grade-level reading ability of more than 92% of the scholars we served!  We enjoyed guest readers from Deputy Chief Randall Hundley to Jackson County Family Court Director of Family Services, Thresea Byrd.  Finale was fantastic and to view portions of this great event please go to Youtube and search KC Freedom Schools.

We had a great fundraising campaign, "Freedom Riders 100!"  Our goal was to raise $80k, that's 100 people donating $800 which is the magic dollar amount it takes to provide the enrichment activities that Freedom Schools offer.  Your contributions of $800 was able to fund 85 scholars to experience high quality academic enrichment, educational field trips, a program T-shirt, food for seven weeks including breakfast, lunch and an snack; it also payed for curriculum and all the supplies needed in the classroom for this summer.  Thank you!



  • 7th - Open Enrollment for Saturday Reading Academy
  • 26th - Mandatory Parent Orientation 10:00 am (2200 Olive Street, KCMO)
  • 10th - First Day of Saturday Reading Academty (SRA)! PLEASE NOTE: THIS IS A CHANGE FROM THE ORIGINAL OCT. 3RD START DATE!!
  • 12th - Last day of Fall Semester Saturday Reading Academy

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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