The Freedom Schools curriculum is rooted in the Civil Rights Movement and is based on the Mississippi Freedom Summer Project of 1964 organized by the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) and the Council of Federated Organizations (COFO). CDF's Freedom Schools program was created in 1995 and has since served more than 135,000 scholars. Based on a Philliber Research Associates evaluation of the CDF Freedom Schools program, scholars who attend CDF Freedom Schools programs score significantly higher on standardized reading achievement tests than children who attend other summer enrichment programs. African American middle school boys made the greatest gains of all. This summer, the acclaimed Children’s Defense Fund (CDF) Freedom Schools program will be hosted for the first-time in history at The Riverside Church in the City of New York. The program’s mission is to provide excellence in literacy curriculum to 50 local children and families.
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