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Freedom School Partners:
The Children's Defense Fund Freedom Schools

KC Public Schools

Local Investment Commission


Jackson County Family Court

Unified Government of Wyandotte County, Kansas

Arts Tech

Your Contributions and donations at work in 2014 helped the Freedom Schools provide intensive reading and literacy through intentional teaching techniques to more than 450 scholars (Pre-K thorugh 8th Grades) in Kansas City, MO and Kansas City, KS.  We served approximately 280 Pre-K scholars at three different locations in Missouri and helped to prepare them for their first year of kindergarten.  We we able to serve 100 (K-8th) graders in Kansas City, KS and 100 (k-8) in Missouri.  We assisted close to 50 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 and literacy, comprehension and vocabulary of better than 90% 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 assited 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 little people who will one day grow up to be big people 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!



A Moment in Black History
1st Missouri Regiment of Colored Infantry
The Union army regiment was organized in St. Louis in December 1863 after the signing of order No.135 authorizing the recruitment of "all Negros, free or slaves" after the fall harvest.  Renamed the 62nd Regiment United States Color Troops, the unit was sent south in June 1864, first to Louisiana and then to Rio Grande in Texas, where it fought in the Battle of Palmito Ranch.  The soldiers, who were learning to read and write, decided to create a school for free blacks, and this led to the establishment of the Lincoln Institute (later Lincoln University) in Jefferson City, Missouri.  The Soldier's Memorial, a bronze sculture by Ed Dwight, was dedicated on the historic black college campus in 2007.  (To see the sculpture go to www.waymarking.com).


  • 14th - Valentines Day!
  • 16th - Presidents Day observed
  • 8th - Daylight Savings Time begins
  • 14th - Last Day of Saturday Reading Academy

Scholar Enrollment

2014 CDF Freedom Schools® Scholar Application

2014 CDF Freedom Schools® Parent Consent Form
CDF Scholar Consent Form