CDF Freedom School

Program Dates: June 26, 2017 - August 4, 2017

Who's eligible?: Returning scholars (last two years) and current program participants (Tutoring and Afterschool) ONLY

Application Process: Invitations will be mailed to participants who fall into the category above with details on application process

Enrollment Fee: $40.00 per child, due upon acceptance

Deadline to Apply: TBD


Black Child Development Institute of Greensboro, Inc. has worked alongside the Children's Defense Fund to bring you Greensboro's first CDF Freedom School. This will be our 7th year proudly hosting this nationally certified summer literacy program!! Freedom School is a literacy-based summer enrichment program that focuses on helping your children (those currently enrolled in GCS's 1st - 8th grades) fall in love with reading, increase their self-esteem, and generate more positive attitudes toward learning - become scholars.

Children are taught using a model curriculum that supports children and families around five essential components: (click the arrows below for more details)

1. High quality academic assistance

Freedom School follows the Integrated Reading Curriculum (IRC), which is a literacy-based curriculum that engages children in books that reflect diverse cultural images and history. IRC promotes and encourages cooperative learning, role-playing, group discussion, and creative writing.

2. Parent and family involment

Although Freedom School is a free six-week program (outside of the enrollment fee), parent and family involvement is a requirement for all families enrolled in Freedom School. Parent workshops, volunteer opportunities, and weekly donations are some of the ways parents and families can stay involved.

3. Civic engagement and social action

Our Freedom School scholars tackle a social action project every summer. Some of those projects have included addressing bullying, fighting child hunger and, the importance of recycling. The six-week program is broken down into weekly sub-themes, which promotes civic engagement. Those sub-themes are:

I Can Make A Difference in My Self

I Can Make A Difference in My Family

I Can Make A Difference in My Community

I Can Make A Difference in My Country

I Can Make A Difference with Hope, Education, and Action.

4. Intergenerational leadership development

College students called Servant Leader Interns (SLIs) serve as our classroom leaders. These leaders are carefully selected through a highly competitive application process. Once selected, each SLI must attend national training where they are taught the ins and outs of the Freedom School program and curriculum. Once they return from training, their job is to train our future leaders to be highly motivated change agents for our community.

5. Nutrition health and mental health

Each day of Freedom School, scholars are given two full nutritious meals and one nutritious snack. All meals consist of vegetable and/or fruit options to encourage a healthy diet. We also understand that in a traditional classroom environment, students are not always allowed to express themselves and the ideas they have. Freedom School allows for children to express themselves in a structured, positive, and encouraging manner. This helps their self-confidence and their mental health by allowing them to release their thoughts without fear of judgment or rejection.



Scholars will also have the opportunity to engage in afternoon enrichment activities. 2016 activities included Dance, Kids Poetry Basketball, STEM, Poetry, and soccer (2017 activities are subject to change). In addition, we plan an off-site activity each Friday for our scholars to engage in weekly.


This six week program is FREE with only a $40.00 enrollment fee per child. This fee will be required upon acceptance into the program, but is not required to apply.


For additional information please contact:

LaShaunna Coles at or 336-617-3628

Check out these videos from the 2016 Freedom School


We value the partnership that we have with our Sponsors. Please take a minute to support them by visiting their websites above. Also, if you would like to become a donor to BCDI-G click here.