2021 Program Details TBA
8:00 am - 3:00 pm
Breakfast, snack and lunch provided
The CDF Freedom Schools program provides summer enrichment that helps children fall in love with reading, increases their self-esteem, and generates more positive attitudes toward learning.
*Our curriculum supports children and families around 5 essential components:
1.High quality academic enrichment
2. Parent and family involvement
3. Civic engagement and social action
4. Intergenerational leadership development
5. Nutrition, physical and mental health
Swahili for 'Let's pull together, 'Harambee is how every day begins. Complete with empowering cheers and chants, daily Community Guest Readers, and our uplifting 'Motivational Song' it is best way to get the scholars ready and excited about learning!
In compliance with Common Core Standards, the curriculum is designed to ignite the mind. In a 1:10 teacher to student ratio environment, each book is brought to life through experiential and thought-provoking activities. The books and curriculum are decided on by the Children's Defense Fund and aim to be culturally relevant, engaging, and fun. Every day also consists of D.E.A.R. time (Drop Everything And Read)!
The last two hours of each school day are dedicated to activities that support an active body, healthy mind and rich cultural experience. These activities may greatly vary from sports to arts and crafts to STEM practice and beyond. Many also often involve members from the community.
Once a week, the scholars get to venture out beyond the walls of the school. It is once again, an opportunity for the students to have experiences around Kern County many have never had. Some of our favorites are picking fruit at Murray Family Farms and ice skating!
As a requirement for the program, each scholar must have one representative volunteer on his/her behalf one hour per week. We also provide resources to help aid parents on a variety of subjects during our weekly, mandatory parent meeting.
We think its important for the scholars to believe in something and to know that they have the power to make a difference. We use different social action topics to implement this lesson and get the students thinking about their world.